Rev Noel Battye 05/02/2013
Sixteen years ago today the midweek lottery began as the gambling mentality took further hold here.
Before the lottery there’d been football pools and premium bonds of course but there’s no doubt that since then the ‘something for nothing’ mentality has infected the land as in online bingo, euro millions, daytime programmes on television offering cruises, holidays or maybe just a few thousand pounds!
Advertisements that encourage people to make claims for accidents, neglect or perceived injustice
And there’s no doubt that many of the recent failures in the banking world can be traced back to precisely the same gambling instinct.
It being an era when any idea of a solid work ethic was sneered at in certain quarters, and where, even now, after the worst has happened we hope, payday loans are dangled before unfortunates as an answer to all their problems.
Even in my native local village, which at its most prosperous boasted nearly thirty shops including seven pubs, now has about half that number and just four pubs,
That’s in Ireland.
The only new businesses opened in recent times are two bookies, a credit union and a charity shop symbolising perhaps two very different answers to present problems.
And while one wouldn’t want a return to ‘make do and mend’ I think we have to accept that there are wilderness times when patience, perseverance and integrity are the only way forward,
While at the same time hoping for an unexpected bonus as those in leadership come up with new ideas.
Bless with your peace and wisdom O Lord
Those who struggle with debt and uncertainty
And direct those in leadership
That they may strive for the good of all.