(An edited edition of this article was first published on Christian Today here – )

Since the government is the highest authority known to secular man, it must be the solution to every problem. Including the problem of loneliness. Thus Prime Minister Theresa May, in response to a report from the Jo Cox Commission, has appointed a minister for loneliness, Tracey Crouch.

Loneliness is not a new problem. In this week’s Ecclesiastes passage (4: 7-12) Solomon recognises it. Earlier he had considered the law courts and the market place. Now he moves on to the traveller. The lonely businessman.

Pixabay‘A cord of three strands is not easily broken.’

Sometimes I go to speak at conferences and end up staying at airport hotels. It’s fascinating to people-watch. Being a travelling businessman sounds a glamorous life, jetting all over the world, staying in hotels, eating out, meeting people and yet far…

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