A Good Man

Thanks to the wonders of live streaming video, I was able to watch the funeral of Gerald Ford. Thanks to the noise of the children and a visit from the father-in-law, I wasn’t able to hear bits of it, but at least I saw it.

I’m sure many people have commented on the contrast between the deaths of Ford and Saddam Hussein. I heard a bit of this on some of the pre-funeral news coverage. Nonetheless, it is striking. Of course one president only left office after 25 years because he was forced out by an invading army, while the other left after two and a half years when he was not re-elected.

But what a striking difference in character between these two men. About Gerald Ford, there was unanimous acclamation that he was a good man. About Saddam Hussein, regardless of whether you agreed with the death sentence, you had to agree he was a bad man. When I saw Ford’s sons standing there, I noted that not a single one was a psychopathic killer. Hussein’s sons were justifiably dispatched before he was.

I may live on the other side of the Pond, and I may have my citizenship principally in heaven, but I am still stirred by the important civic events in the life of America. The funeral of a president is one of those events. I teared up when they played “Hail to the Chief” and when the President of the United States acted as the escort for the former First Lady.

The funeral of a president is where Church and State invariably meet. You cannot commend the soul of a man to God without the Church and you cannot say goodbye to a president without the recognition of his place in the history of the nation or without the honour that a nation can bestow. At least at times like these, the ACLU has the sense to keep quiet.

The importance of his worldly office has insured that Gerald Ford’s memory will be eternal, but may his faith in Christ find him in the presence of the Saviour.

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One Response to A Good Man

  1. Anonymous says:

    At least at times like these, the ACLU has the sense to keep quiet.

    The importance of his worldly office has insured that Gerald Ford’s memory will be eternal, but may his faith in Christ find him in the presence of the Saviour

    Amen and Amen.

    Mary

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