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Opinion amongst Christians is very divided over whether this “plague” has come from God.

Those that say “no” take the line that God is a God of love who cares too much for mankind to do such a thing. Certainly after the flood God gave the rainbow as a sign that He would never again destroy the whole world.

But of course those who feel that God has sent this would say that He is NOT destroying the whole world. In 2 Chronicles 7 we read ” 12 Then the Lord appeared to Solomon in the night and said to him: “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a house of sacrifice. 13 When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people14 if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 

Those are challenging words and yes they are “Old Testament”, yet if we look at the Revelation of John we see terrible things ahead of the world which have yet to come.

What is for certain is that, come what may, God will use circumstances to bring about His will, And so it is now that Christians all over the world are being drawn to pray as perhaps never before in recent history. In the U.K. probably not since the Battle of Britain when the whole country was called to prayer.

In Exodus 20  God spoke all these words, saying,

I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me.”

It is most certainly time to pray and hold God to His word that “if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land

All Christians must surely be at one in praying that God will use this time to draw millions, even billions, to Himself. Even in tragedy may the find consolation and salvation.

We live in an intolerably unequal world and even in an unacceptably unequal country. The U.K. is a great place to live if your annual income is over £100,000, not so bad if it is over £50,000. But what about the rest?

High salaries for those in so-called responsible positions only lead to high prices for housing, both rented and to buy, leading to inner city squalor for the poor. Many young people now face the probability of never owning their own property, unless mum and dad have considerable assets.

Low pay, zero hours contracts and ridiculously low Universal Credit all contribute to the existence of an under-class, many of whom have lost hope. They aren’t the working class anymore they are the “wish we could be working” class.

As some-one ultimately responsible for one of the U.K.’s largest food banks I have seen the growth in poverty first hand since 2008. Demand for food parcels shows no sign of levelling out let alone decreasing.

Time after time I come across the pure ignorance of the “Westminster Bubble” as regards the reality of life for many people.

At some point we have to wake up to the fact that not one of us has the right to a high income, a large house, multiple holidays, multiple cars, expensive clothes, etc. etc. “I earned it”, “I worked hard for it” doesn’t wash. The money you have came from other people. Did you simply overcharge for your services, your time, your intellect?

It is time to somehow regulate salaries. No-one deserves over 6 figure salaries, and even that is laughable. I even know of Charity bosses on massive salaries. How on earth did that happen?

Then there’s un-taxed companies …… I don’t need to go on.

Those of us on decent salaries don’t need tax cuts! We need to know that we have a working Welfare State, acceptable health care for all, great care of the elderly and protection for the vulnerable, and that old chestnut “affordable housing”. Bring back Council Houses! By the thousand.

Let’s give people back some hope.

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