Let Their Private Opinions Be What They Will

Members of the magistrate of The Hague, 1682, by Jan de Baen

Thomas Brooks, 1670, London’s Lamentations, The Epistle Dedicatory:

Let all following mayors but manage their own persons, families, and government as you have done, by divine assistance, and without question, they will have a proportionable interest in the hearts and affections of the people. For it is not barely the having of a sword of justice, a sword of power—but the well management of that sword, which makes most for the interest both of prince and people, and which gives the magistrate affection in the hearts of the people. The generality of people never concern themselves about the particular persuasions of this or that magistrate in the matters of religion, their eyes are upon their examples, and upon the management of their trust and power for public good; and those who do them most good, shall be sure to have most of their hearts and voices, let their private opinions in the matters of religion be what they will.

Source: http://gracegems.org/Brooks2/london1.htm

A Gangrene In The Head

Sheriff of NottinghamThomas Brooks, 1670, London’s Lamentations, The Epistle Dedicatory:

A self-seeking magistrate is one of the worst of plagues and judgments which can befall a people! He is a gangrene in the head, which brings both a more speedy and a more certain ruin than if it were in some inferior and less noble part of the body.

Source: http://gracegems.org/Brooks2/london1.htm

Stern Rigor Breeds Rebellion

"Colonel Platt killed by the mutineers at Mhow," from 'The History of the Indian Mutiny

Thomas Brooks, 1670, London’s Lamentations, The Epistle Dedicatory:

Sir, in the management of your government you have been so assisted and helped from on high, that firmness and mildness, justice and mercy, justice and clemency—have like a silver thread run through all your mayoralty, and by this means you have very signally served the interest of the crown, the interest of the city, the interest of the nation, and that which is more than all the rest, the interest of your own soul. Stern rigor breeds rebellion. Rehoboam by his severity, by his cruelty, lost ten tribes in one day, 1 Kings 12:16.

Source: http://gracegems.org/Brooks2/london1.htm

Military in the News, August 2016

Carga del rio Igan

Some recent-ish military-related headlines:

Exclusive Video: Veteran Forcibly Dragged from Air Force Ceremony for Mentioning God

State of Sexuality, August 2016

Recent sex and gender news:

GenderBestiality: the Next Abomination to be Declared Normal?

Dance school elects its first gender fluid prom queen sparking backlash from jealous female students angry at being beaten by a ‘boy’

Don’t calls girls ‘girls’ or ‘young women’ in case it offends pupils questioning their gender identity, schools are told

Federal Tories make unprecedented showing at Toronto Gay Pride

How hetereosexuality and homosexuality were ‘invented’ in the late 19th century

If you thought Glastonbury Festival was filthy, get a load of Swingfields, Britain’s only open-air swingers festival (article appears to have been removed from the original site)

Man who wants to marry computer sues Kim Davis

New Rule Requires Doctors To Treat Trans Patients As Their Pretend Sex

Regret Isn’t Rare: The Dangerous Lie of Sex Change Surgery’s Success

‘Thank God I didn’t have a sex change’: Gay actor Rupert Everett tells how he grew up wanting to be a girl but cautions against allowing children to make rash decisions on surgery

Always Be Furbished With The Oil Of Mercy

Thomas Brooks, 1670, London’s Lamentations, The Epistle Dedicatory:

Sword of justice, Germany, c. 1700-1735 - Higgins Armory Museum - DSC05735Seneca has long since observed, that the custom of anointing kings was to show that kings, above all other men, should be men of the greatest sweetness and mildness, their anointing being a sign of that kingly sweetness and mildness which should be in them. Theodosius the emperor, by his loveliness and clemency, gained many kingdoms. The Goths, beholding their king’s temperance, patience, and justice mixed with mercy and clemency—gave themselves up to his government.

When Cicero would praise Caesar, he tells him that his valor and victories were common with the rest of his soldiers—but his clemency and goodness were wholly his own. Nero’s speech has great praise, who in the beginning of his reign, when he was to subscribe to the death of any condemned person, would say, “I wish I did not know how to write!” I know there are a thousand thousand cases wherein severity must be used; but yet I must say that it is much safer to account for mercy than for cruelty. It is best that the sword of justice should be always furbished with the oil of mercy.

Source: http://gracegems.org/Brooks2/london1.htm

He Abounds In Pity

Briton Rivière - Una and the Lion

Thomas Brooks, 1670, London’s Lamentations, The Epistle Dedicatory:

It is very observable that Christ is called but once the “Lion of the tribe of Judah” in the book of the Revelation; but he is called a Lamb no less than twenty-nine times in that book. And what is this but to show us the transcendent mercy, clemency, lenience, mildness, and sweetness that is in Jesus Christ, and to show that he is infinitely more inclined to the exercise of mercy than he is to the exercise of justice. It is true, magistrates should be lions in the execution of justice, and it is as true that they should be lambs in the exercise of mercy and clemency, mildness and sweetness. And the more ready and inclinable they are to the exercise of mercy, where mercy is to be showed, the more like Christ the Lamb they are. God is slow to anger, he abounds in pity, though he is great in power, Psalm 68:18, and 103:13-14; Hosea 11:8.

Source: http://gracegems.org/Brooks2/london1.htm