Preacher: Alan Cameron
Verses: Malachi 2:17-3:5
Malachi doesn’t pull his punches. He tells the people of his day, “You have wearied the Lord with your words”. Their warped concept of justice sees them accuse God of inconsistency at best, deceit at worst. Because they doubt the love of God, the Israelites resort to keeping up religious appearances, devoid of reality, simply going through the motions. They place God in the dock and ironically blame him for their present state of despair and futility. They refuse to accept responsibility and simply desire to save face, not unlike the role players involved in the explosion at Chernobyl nuclear power station in northern Ukraine in April 1986. It was the height of the cold war and the Soviets were determined to preserve their perceived scientific superiority over the West. However, cutting costs and high-handed authority led to the disaster that affected multiple thousands of innocent people. The recent docu-drama ‘Chernobyl’ depicts a brave Russian nuclear scientist hold the state accountable with his chilling words “Every lie we tell incurs a debt to the truth. Sooner or later that debt is paid”.