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Seek Ye First The Kingdom Of God


wpid-wp-1410794796469.jpegBut seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Mt. 6|:33)

A couple of days ago I was reading in the Book of Chronicles the story of King Solomon’s response when God asked him what he could give him and Solomon chose wisdom so that he could rule well.

 And God said to Solomon, Because this was in thine heart, and thou hast not asked riches, wealth, or honour, nor the life of thine enemies, neither yet hast asked long life; but hast asked wisdom and knowledge for thyself, that thou mayest judge my people, over whom I have made thee king:” (2 Chr. 1:11)

It occurred to me then that Jeremy Corbyn follows very much in the footsteps of Solomon. Unlike his enemies in Parliament Corbyn has never sought position or to further his career. Whereas other MPs claim expenses in the tens of thousands or hundreds of  thousands of pounds, Corbyn’s annual expenses are a fraction of theirs, although having a London constituency reduces what he needs to claim for. He is, unusually for a politician, modest and self-effacing. He didn’t put himself forward as leader and hadn’t expected to be elected. However as a democrat he respects the wishes of his party’s membership. Why would he not step aside for a right wing member of the PLP? Because it is not his decision, the party wanted him, they called upon him to do a job and he will not betray their trust.

While the Labour Luvvies like to spent their time mixing with celebrities or sunning themselves on the yachts of millionaires, Corbyn is content to dig his allotment or join with ordinary people as they campaign against injustice. Teresa May may want the country to ‘live within its means’ Corbyn does not agree that that should mean depriving the poorest in society of the means to live. Whereas his Labour challengers were content not to oppose Tory austerity measures because they had bought into a neo-liberal model of fiscal responsibility, Corbyn voted against. Why is he prepared to incur the wrath of the financiers and the PLP? Because Corbyn puts doing the right thing before personal popularity and because, unusually for a politician, he cannot be bought nor seduced by the galamour of power he is guided by his principles. And his guiding principle is that everyone matters not just the small elite who own the countries major businesses. I think that’s why the media hate him so much, he has no need to be popular, his satisfaction comes from doing the right thing.

Corbyn does not seek to rule the Labour Party nor the country, he seeks only to serve. He has only ever sought to serve. The principles for which he has always stood, justice, peace, equality, and the dignity of human beings continue to guide him. He doesn’t need focus groups, nor opinion polls because he seeks only the good of all. His needs are few and he seeks nothing for himself, not fame, not wealth, nor status. In his implacable purity of purpose he embarrasses his less principled colleagues and the contrast between him and their self serving is alienating many Members of parliament from their own electors. Corbyn sets a standard of behaviour to which few, even among his supporters, can measure up. The greedy and self serving hate and fear him, but ordinary people love him because he is one of them. Like Tony Benn, Corbyn is very aware that it is a privilege to be selected to serve his party, whereas his opponents consider it their right, so much so that they are prepared to suspend the democratic processes of the party to prevent the people expressing their will.

Corbyn never sought to be anything more than a backbencher, but when the call came to lead he responded and the people responded to him. He has only ever sought to do what was right and because people recognised that they entrusted him with the leadership of the Labour Party. I have said before that of all politicians few as well as Corbyn measure up to the divine standard of behaviour expressed by the Prophet Micah,wpid-fromcamerajune2013-281.JPG

What doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justice, to love mercy and to walk humbly with thy God?”

It appears to me that Corbyn’s God is humanity and that have the people recognised him as a good and worthy servant.


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