I do not believe it is by chance that the former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Ian Duncan Smith walked out of the Cabinet. I believe this is the power of prayer and this is what happens when God’s people, who I believe are the real government, take our responsibilities seriously.
The new Secretary of State Stephen Crabb has announced the government will not be going ahead with changes to Personal Independence Payments and that there will be no further plans to make welfare savings in this parliament.
The Bible says clearly, “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, will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7: 14) and I for one believe in the power of prayer and I am sure many of you do. So I give God all the praise, all the honour and all the glory that the government has made a U-turn on the cuts to the benefits of the most vulnerable people in our nation.
I wish the government would stop this lie that they are a government for all the people. The last budget proved clearly that they are for the rich and the powerful and they do not really care about the sick and the disabled. All they care about is balancing the books.
We all need to remember this country was most powerful in the days of Charles Dickens, who wrote stories such as Oliver Twist, and Queen Victoria, who was one of the most brutal queens this country has ever seen. It was a time when children were pushed up the chimneys and little children worked in the mills. Thank God none of us have seen that in our lifetime.
I for one will pray against injustice wherever I see it, as Jesus made it very clear, “Whoever in the name of a disciple gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, truly I say to you, he shall not lose his reward” (Matthew 10: 42) and “I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me” (Matthew 25: 35-36). I believe this is the true ministry of the body of Christ and all the praise and honour goes back to God.
Rev Ross Rennie