Mark Twain is purported to have said…
“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it. ”
“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” (didn’t Jesus say this first?)
So it would seem that Twain, like many others, had a pragmatic view of politics and those that traffic in it.
And in his inimitable style shed more light on the heavenly wisdom revealed in scripture.
Simply said, it means that we should never place blind trust in the governments of man, or their institutions. The Bible refers to them as “The World”. They are fading, perishing.
If everyone is running toward it, embracing it, applauding it, then we do well to examine the thing closely. “Taste and see” is not only spiritual advice for those seeking to return to Christ, it’s practical advice for those navigating in a climate of lies and deceit. If it smells bad, don’t bite. But if you do, spit it out. It’s never too late to correct course.
Twain may not have been a trained theological mind, but then the truth is available to all. God is always anxious to give us Wisdom if we will only ask, listen, and hear.
The way is narrow, and few are those who enter.