God, politics, trust

When I finished last week’s post, I found myself off on a tangent… not unusual for me.

The tangent was because of, “I am the Lord, I change not” Mal 3: 6

Did things change in the New Testament… as some seem to suggest?

Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever. Heb 13:8

Why is this important?

A simple answer for me. If I cannot trust that what is said in one part of the Bible, holds true in the rest of the Bible, how can I believe it?

Western australia mapA recent example for people of trust, here in Western Australia, was something that happened in our second budget for this year.

Pippin. Lord of the Rings, second breakfast

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(Sounds a bit like Lord of the Rings… Pippin: ‘We’ve had one, yes. But what about second breakfast?’)

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Well, anyway, we had our second budget for the year…One of the significant things I noticed, was the State government changed the solar panel feed-in rebate. I do not understand all of it, because we do not have solar panels… but we watched in shock when a newsclip showed the State treasurer,  in parliament, announcing that the Government was reducing the rebate from 40 cents to 20 cents.

Shock because an image was shown of the contract that the people received stating that thecontract1 (1) contract to pay them that amount, was for the following ten years.

Sustainable Energy Association chief executive Kirsten Rose:

  • Halving the residential solar feed-in tariff rate “is disappointing, regressive and a massive betrayal of public trust”
  • “It will affect more than 75,000 WA households
  • “Households were promised in writing that they would receive a set price for the electricity they exported for 10 years”

Read morehttp://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/troy-buswells-budget-battles-to-stay-in-black-20130808-2rk47.html#ixzz2bZA15cHv

tearitupI cannot find a written report, but my husband and I watched in disbelief as the treasurer said he would ‘tear up the contracts’. Had it been a change of government, it might have made sense… but it was the same government as the one who had introduced the payment… the one who made the deal.

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When asked if the WA government had betrayed a moral obligation to honour the decade-long pledge, he said: “That’s a value judgment.”
Read more: http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/buswell-thumbs-nose-at-solar-panel-anger-20130809-2rmcb.html#ixzz2bcLjaeZ0

How can any citizen in Western Australia trust the government to honour the promise now?

But then, a few weeks prior to the second budget of the year, when the State premier was being taken to task for broken election promises, the man said dismissively, “Promises? Who remembers promises?” and walked off.

This is not a political post!

You shall not revile God, nor curse the ruler of your people. Exodus 22: 28

Then said Paul, I knew not, brethren, that he was the high priest: for it is written, You shall not speak evil of the ruler of your people. Acts 23: 5

It is a comparison with what I have seen recently… and comparing it to the Bible.

“I am the Lord, I change not; Therefore you are not consumed…”
Mal 3: 6

Is God’s word trustworthy? Or is it like the word of politicians around the world?

Are we ‘consumed’? Well, sometimes we feel we are, but at whose feet to we lay the blame? In most instances we can blame our own faults and shortcomings, our own wrong choices.

Next week I shall post the result of a study I am undertaking, of the promises in the Bible, which were fulfilled, and which have not yet been fulfilled.

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