… for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness, Isaiah 26:9.
Yesterday a serious fire broke out in the Primark building in the centre of Belfast. It is five-storey listed building which has stood in the centre of the city since 1785.
The building was undergoing a major refurbishment costing an estimated £30m. The building has been extensively damaged by the fire and at present the Fire Service is not able to say if the structure is safe. There are "grave concerns" that Bank Buildings could collapse, the fire service has told the BBC. See here
Thankfully no one was injured and the building was safely evacuated before the fire spread. Although one person who was in the store has reported that when the fire alarm went off an announcement was made that it was just a routine alarm and that the shoppers would be allowed back in shortly. Parents left buggies and prams behind, as they were directed out of the shop, only to discover outside that the roof of the building was on fire and they were unable to re-enter the shop to claim their belongings.
Complaints were received by Primark from Christians regarding the offensive window display. One aggrieved person said: My family and I will no longer be shopping in your store. The reason being, your company's very in your face support of the political movements that are Stonewall and Pride.
Another added: As a customer of Primark I'm writing to complain about your current shop front display. It is indeed offensive and should be removed immediately. Considering your current display is anti family then how do you expect to get trade from people who believe in marriage between one man and one woman. The complaint went on to say that the display was 'anti Christian' and against the teachings of the Bible.
salutary learning experiences that sin will one day be brought into judgment.
Repentance in needed in this evil day. The same repentance that was brought about by the preaching of the Gospel, by the Apostle Paul, in the city of Corinth many years ago. Paul could later write to those in Corinth who had repented and say:
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11.