Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Gordon Brown sells the nation’s soul to Satan


Courtesy of Rory Bremner via Play Political, this video encapsulates everything that a religio-political blog might take ten thousand words to expound. The selling of one’s soul to Satan has been an enduring theme in literature, theatre and film, but perhaps nothing has surpassed the dramatic genius and poetic splendour of Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus.

Versions of the legend emerged during the middle of the first millennium of the Christian era, and were concerned with the acquisition of supernatural powers in return for a pact with the Devil. One of the most widespread had its origins during the reign of the Emperor Justinian, and concerned a bishop’s steward by the name of Theophilus who renounced Christ and the Virgin Mary after being unfairly dismissed from his post, and in defiance of his bishop-master declared Satan as his lord. This, to Cranmer, seems something of an over-reaction. Fearful of the consequences, Theophilus prayed and fasted for forty days, and made confession of his sin. Mary heard this plea, and Theophilus died in a state of grace.

It was not until the 16th century - with its preoccupation and obsession with magic, witchcraft, sorcery and alchemy - that the legend attained cult status. An anonymous Protestant theologian published a work in Frankfurt-on-Main which became known as the German Faust book. The title page contains a warning for all politicians who pursue a ‘world of profit and delight, / Of power, of honour, of omnipotence’:

History of Dr John Faust, the celebrated conjuror and master of black magic: How he sold himself to the Devil with effect from an appointed time: What in the meanwhile were the strange adventures he witnessed, himself initiated, and conducted, until at last he received his well-deserved reward. Mostly collected and printed from his own writings which he left behind him, as a terrifying instance and horrible example, and as a friendly warning to the arrogant, insolent-minded, and godless men.

The play is politically perceptive and spiritually edifying for it shows the awful consequences of man’s deliberate commitment to evil with a view to gratifying his lust, ambition and pride:

Hell hath no limits, nor circumscribed
In one self place, but where we are is hell,
And where hell is, there must we ever be;
And, to be short, when all the world dissolves
And every creature shall be purify’d,
All places shall be hell that is not heaven.


Politicians above all would do well not to reflect on such warnings and curb their flippant arrogance. Power corrupts subtly, and manifests itself in the wilful, headstrong and blind tendencies of those who attain authority. To play politics with morality is sin; to abjure God is damnation.

As Gordon Brown has already sold the nation’s soul to the EU, all further treaties with the Devil are subject to EU scrutiny. But they would not particularly mind UK plc slipping down the credit league and being humbled and humiliated on the world stage. Incredible as it may seem, McDonalds is now deemed more credit-worthy than the UK, which is no longer ranked alongside the USA, France or Germany, but has been relegated to join Italy and Greece in the global financial league.

This Labour Government is now not only devoid of vision; it is bankrupt, morally and financially. National humiliation may be the judgement of God; the price one has to pay for unrighteous government.

Cranmer exhorts all his readers and communicants to submit to God, resist the Devil, and he will flee from you (Js 4:7).

11 Comments:

Anonymous martin sewell said...

Could Your Grace reference the downgrading ofUK plc in the credit ratings so that we may distribute the message more effectively

26 November 2008 at 08:25  
Blogger ultramontane grumpy old catholic said...

Your Grace
I thought that his infernalness was already in the Cabinet.

26 November 2008 at 08:57  
Blogger Jomo said...

Looks like either you or someone you know has the gift of prophecy

Communicants may be interested in the link below

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/damian_thompson

26 November 2008 at 09:13  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Grace, as the West declines so too will the moral authority of its gods. Some of your commenters may prefer to think in terms of absolutes but in this matter, the power of the gods is relative. The West's decline will change the global religious dynamic. Think, for instance, what will happen to the appeal of Christianity in Africa when aid funds decline. It seems like only yesterday when Tony and Gordon were pledging to transform that benighted continent. Some pledge, some change.

26 November 2008 at 09:15  
Blogger Tiresias said...

Should any of His Grace's communicants be in the mood for a more recent Faustian comedy this Christmas, may I recommend The Wandering Jew by Stefan Heym.

In this version, the Devil's counterparty begins his career as a student of Martin Luther but it would come as no surprise (and no disappointment) if there were a certain Calvinist avatar following a similar trajectory as we watch.

26 November 2008 at 09:18  
Anonymous Where safe in their hands ? said...

I assume the sulpherous red faced gentleman sitting to the left of Gordon Brown is Lord Mandelson.

26 November 2008 at 10:01  
Anonymous preacher said...

The policies of this egomaniacal government have produced the situation that exists now, true the recession is global but we are bottom of that league, all are suffering but the E.U are enjoying rubbing our noses in it, Blair was awful but smarter in covering his tracks. Brown is worse, a terrible chancellor & unfit for the office of PM. they are all blinded by their egos & prepared to humble themselves to any degree to secure a position in that unelected bunch of failures, has beens & never weres in Brussels. I doubt that the devil would care to be associated with them publicly, but who knows what goes on privately?

26 November 2008 at 10:30  
Anonymous the recusant said...

Mephistopheles is alive and well, see his work here, what say Your Grace

26 November 2008 at 10:58  
Blogger ultramontane grumpy old catholic said...

The Recusant has sent an interesting news item, Your Grace. Apparently the constable in question was sacked for inappropriate use of Police computers, i.e. emails, while a blind eye was turned to a 'Gay Liaison officer' using the same medium to urge police to wear a pink ribbon in Gay Solidarity.

Apart from the apparent of unfairness of all this, it demonstrates the lesson that employers
a) record every email sent by employees
b) in case of dispute the emails are trawled to recover anything not based on company business.

Even innocent chat will get you sacked if your employers want to find an excuse.

Communicants - be careful! Forewarned is forearmed.

26 November 2008 at 13:34  
Blogger Harry Hook said...

Is it just me... but does the Diabolical One, look far less scary when sitting next to Gordon Brown?

26 November 2008 at 18:11  
Anonymous No Nonny said...

So what hour striketh the clock?
How long ere it reacheth twelve?
How long will Satan sift us with his pride? (Freely adapted from Scenes 13 & 12!)
...
I remember the Old Man though:
"My faith, vile hell, shall triumph over thee!
Ambitious fiends, see how the heavens smiles
At your repulse, and laughs your [S]tate to scorn.
Hence hell, for hence I fly unto my God.
(Scene 12, 104ff)

29 November 2008 at 23:45  

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