Christians are optimistic people. When we pray, “Thy kingdom come”, we are imagining (just as Jesus did) a time in the not-so-distant future when the government of the world will be Christ. ( A kingdom is a very effective, efficient style of government when the king is good and wise. The ancients knew this. ) It is always a shock, to those of us who love democracy, to realize that it is only a temporary fix– a necessary safeguard for now, but not eternal. Isaiah said “The government will be upon His shoulder”. (Isaiah 9:6) HE will bring protection and freedom, law and order. The upheaval in Egypt the past 3 weeks is a reminder of the longing of the human heart for good government. It is also a reminder of our sad history finding it. I wonder whether you really believe the kingdom will come? I wonder if it fills you with hope?