From Our Minister's Work Station
From Our Minister's Workstation
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01/11/2016 From The Minister's Bunker

Depending on who won the White House there might be more to the above statement than we’d like. In these uncertain times precaution seems wise. I recently spoke with a German family who said that back home each family was recently instructed to keep cash, food and water for a ten day emergency. No explanation had been given for this and I ventured that certain banks and a broadband provider had recently had problems they put down to software updates. A lot of people thought they had been hacked. This suddenly made a lot of sense to the Germans and I wondered if they had had similar failures back home.

I said a few years ago at Remembrance that future conflict may well be cyber based rather than boots on the ground. So many pieces of information are held on the internet rather than actually been known. If systems failed the impact would be dramatic. Inconvenient and seemingly not critical but the worry about what they would trigger among the population is a worry for the authorities. There was perhaps more to the delay on signing on the dotted line for Hinkley Point than we imagine.

Sad to say that war has been a constant in world history. Twenty Years ago some thought we were succeeding in making peace and finding a new way of living. They closed the bunkers down in many local authorities that had been provided for Civil Administration, and the future looked rosey. Elsewhere the wall came down, freedom came to oppressed people. Elections came to places that had never seen the ballet box. Today mistrust abounds and a bleaker picture stretches into our twilight years.

Matthew 24:6-7 says ‘And you will hear of wars and rumours of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.’ Well some of those things have already happened and perhaps we are further down the final road than we imagine, but trust in God. We are not promised peace, or cloudless skies, ease and happiness. We are promised that God will keep us for eternity at the end. We are asked to share this faith with others.
So when we hear that Russia is messing with electronic voting machines or North Koreas are testing something or other or the Mexicans are putting trebuchets along a new wall at the borders remember to pray for peace but also bear in mind these things will come to pass.

God is in control but he gives all people choice. Sadly the decisions of some can be truly dreadful. That is why we must pray for politics, elections and those in power. At this time pray for Syria and America. Pray that people choose peace
Best wishes