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In the late nineteenth century, a New England college dean wrote: "The youth who loves his alma mater will always ask, not 'What can she do for me?' but 'What can I do for her?'"
One of his students, a clergyman named George St. John, paraphrased that as a locution to boys when he became headmaster of the Choate School in Connecticut: "Ask not what your school can do for you, but rather ask what you can do for your school."
One of the boys who heard that in the 1930s, John F. Kennedy, made the diction more resonant in his inaugural address of 1961: "Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country."
Although he had speechwriters of acumen, one will not gainsay naïve clients of Kennedy for pillaging what was not his own. As Anatole France said, "When a thing has been said and said well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it."
All that we do, in every aspect of life and in every moment of the day, if done for Christ's sake, will reap an unimaginable reward.
This election will have exposed the corruption of the mainstream and social media, by their acquiescence to subjective journalism and the wanton censorship of reports of inconvenient scandals in high places.
This is not just a political assault, for the brutal killing of Christians worshipping in France shows the hatred of Christ, who said in words as thrilling as they are ominous: "Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake" (Matthew 5:11).
All that we do, in every aspect of life and in every moment of the day, if done for His sake, will reap an unimaginable reward.
Abundant are the demagogues who would promise what the government will give man, but they offer it in return for our souls. For Christians, it is a choice between Mother Church and Nanny State. That could be a costly exchange.
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