That’s essentially what King Hezekiah said when the prophet Isaiah told him that Jerusalem would be wiped “as one wipes a dish, wiping it and turning it upside down” (2 Kin 21.13 ESV) and that his own sons would be taken away to be “eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.” (2 Kin 20.18 ESV)
Listen to his cavalier response:
“Why not, if there will be peace and security in my days?” (2 Kin 20.19 ESV)
Even as I write this, the CBC news is reporting on the debt deal in the US House of Representatives and discussing the probable outcome of the rate of US debt, which is now 100% of its GDP. Disaster may have been forestalled, but the problem is anything but solved.
Perhaps the text, “In God We Trust”, which is carved into the stone at the US capitol, should be altered to read either, “In God We Trusted” or, “In Us We Trust”. Better yet, replace it with the words of Hezekiah quoted above.
I can’t think of a better summary of politics.