Health an’ Safety Gone Mad!
“…and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen”
Revelation 1:5-6 (NKJV)
I’d been away and when I got back it was cold enough to put on my central heating. Only, when I did—nothing happened. So, as you do, I called in the electrical engineer. Why is it that the experts always purse the lips and suck in air when faced with what you believe and see as a simple problem? For me, it was easy: heaters not working, fix them. “Can’t do that,” said the engineer with another suck of the lips. “See, your installation is so old it doesn’t comply with current regulations. We’ll have to update that before the heaters can be fixed.”
And so for four days they hammered and screwed, lifted carpets and floorboards and argued between themselves as to which cable was the one that went where. Finally, the boss said, “We’re through. Here’s a certificate of compliance which the electricity board will need to see. They are the ones who will fix your heating.”
So after all that—still no central heating. But to be fair, I had been told up front that that would probably be the case. So I ring my electrical supplier. Yes, they did go into the possible need to upgrade this or to change that. Modern regulations, you know. Yes, I did know, and I have a piece of paper to prove my point that I am compliant, and am up to speed with your regulations. “Oh,” said the girl. “There are lots of cowboys out there. We insist on doing our own checking.” “Really? Then this warranty thing is a waste of paper? Surely not?” “Oh, you have a certificate of compliance?” “That’s what I said before.” “Oh, then,” she said. “That’s different.” A good difference, I suggested? Or a bad difference? “Well, it means all we need to do is come and fix your heating,” she said.
Yes, that’s what I was needing their engineer for and why I had contacted them. It had only taken two phone calls and a wait of some 5 minutes to get through. But that’s what I was ringing about—an engineer to fix my heating. In the meantime I still am not getting any heat in my night-storage heaters. (Somehow I felt that I’d been here before. Déjà vu all over again, as they say.)
Aren’t you glad that our God doesn’t need to review his systems, update them and issue certificates of compliance before he’ll work with us? If he did, one wonders whether anyone would ever make it into his kingdom. Only God has had it all worked out from the beginning. Unchanged. Complete. Up-to-date. Compliant from the beginning.
On the other hand, the conveniences of our modern society are wonderful, until they break down. There’s a deeper spiritual analogy in there somewhere, but I’ll wait until I have my heating back on before working out that one.
Perfect Father, how wonderful to know that you get things right, and from the beginning. You never have to rethink your plan, or update your dealings with us. We praise you for your perfection, Father, and seek to proclaim the perfection of your Gospel.
Study by John Stettaford
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