“You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time”.”John Lydgate – 14th Century monk
You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.
Dylan sang this – “Half of the people can be part right all of the time, some of the people can be all right part of the time, but all of the people can’t be all right all of the time. I think Abraham Lincoln said that.”
There you go …
So, we aim to please God and be faithful. In this current crisis we witness nations in panic mode. Some have enforced extreme restrictions on their people. Other national leaders have appealed for order and good sense. Christians have a great opportunity to demonstrate faith in Jesus Christ in acts of kindness and self-restraint. This has been made, it seems, more difficult because churches are strongly advised to close down for a while. I suppose outdoor meetings would not work either?
At the moment we are in a process of change. Meetings in our buildings will cease. Meetings in homes will cease. Meanwhile, we seek God’s guidance. Meanwhile, we adjust and try to accept the different points of view presented by Church leaders and Church attenders. Meanwhile, we accept that people are doing their best to serve their communities – even though, at best, they may please only some of the people, some of the time.