The financial collapse of the country has affected so many Irish people in so many different ways. Special needs assistances withdrawn from schools, hospital wards closed and accident and emergency units packed and overflowing with vulnerable people either on trolleys or on chairs for hours. Families pressed to the limit of their emotional endurance wondering every week can they pay the gas or should they put food on the table. Other families, so overcome that they leave the home they have saved and slaved for.
People with pensions have seen their investments fall so low that they may have to continue to work for longer than they had planned. On top of all this, there seems to be new taxes coming out with regular frequency – whether it is the property tax, the septic tank fee, parking fees are up, clamping fees are said to rise. Taxes seem to be rising and services are dropping. The situation is nothing less than a national scandal. Yet, those that were elected and well paid to watch over our country have sailed off into the sunset with pensions and benefits that are breathtaking in their enormity. These people who are still relatively young will live off the backs of the people into old age with no shame.
The bankers with pension pots that are just wicked add more anger to people’s pain. I do not think that the new national leaders have any reason to point the fingers at those who have gone and blame them. They were there at the time and had expensive advisers, advising them! They knew what was going on. They are culpable to the extent that should make them quiet as they impose more hardship on people. No, very few leaders can pontificate to the people. Local politicians should be investigated as well and if they have behaved corruptly or illegally they should face the same consequences.
For the sake of natural justice and to instil confidence in us who will be paying for the giant waste and criminality, for years to come. As a people we must have an expectation that those responsible should face the full rigour of the law. If found guilty of mismanagement, they should also be cited, not as leaders, but as figures of shame in the history books when they come to be written. No I am not being harsh! The elderly, the young, the vulnerable, the needy, the average person is suffering because of this mess. Some people have even taken their own lives because of their financial burdens.
“When the sentence for a crime is not quickly carried out, the hearts of the people are filled with schemes to do wrong”. Ecc. 8:11.
This verse teaches, others will do the same thing if the guilty are not punished. The “cute hoor” mentality is not just with the big boys, I suspect there are so called ordinary business people who practice the same philosophy. Corruption should not pay. But if they escape justice here, then the ultimate judge will deliver justice.
The Lord may be slow in executing the sentence but do not take the delay for a denial. God’s delay may be misused by the wicked and they may continue thinking that they will get away with it. Be sure your sin will find you out and you will give an account for your stewardship.
Pastor Clonmel Baptist Church.