If the NSA Were an Anglican Organisation…

…their motto would be “all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid”.

This, of course, is from the opening Collect of the Holy Communion in the 1662 and 1928 Books of Common Prayer, which is why we jettison Cranmer’s lovely prose at our peril.

Since, at least for now, the CoE is still England’s state church, the British intelligence services may have already adopted this as their watchword, particularly in view of their performance at the recent G20 summit.

The difference between the NSA (and the government in general) and our Heavenly Father is that the latter has a much lovelier way of obtaining forgiveness, which is also outlined in the Holy Communion with these comfortable words:

COME unto me all that travail and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you. St. Matth. xi. 28.
So God loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son, to the end that all that believe in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. St. John iii. 16
Hear also what Saint Paul saith.
This is a true saying, and worthy of all men to be received, That Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. I Tim. i. 15.
If any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the propitiation for our sins. 1 St. John ii. 1.

For more about Our Lord’s better offer…

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