London Riots: God protects…

Interesting seeing how God protects us when we choose to live for, work for and serve Him rather than ourselves. A while back I lived in Walworth, just a couple of roads away from the goings-on detailed in the following quote, submitted anonymously to The Guardian earlier this evening:

I turned up at the Morrisons supermarket branch on Walworth Road, SE17, at about 6.50pm only to find the place shuttered up and one of the few members of staff remaining by the back door telling me that they had closed early as it was due to “go off” in Peckham, four miles away, at 7pm.

I left and dropped into a bar to pass on ‘the news’ only to see BBC World footage on the TV, taken from a helicopter by the look of it, of nearby Lewisham burning, and Peckham soon after. Within minutes, fives and sixes of masked blokes were running past the bar and through to the main street, a handful dumping cars outside the bar on double yellow and charging through to the nearby thoroughfare, which the police had blockaded at the north end in the vicinity of the Tankard pub, along the side road from the police station.

Buses were stopped and abandoned, I’m told, and looters were laying siege to Lynne’s Electrical, jewellery and pawn shops, the Carphone Warehouse, Foot Locker and later M&S and finally Argos, and that’s all that I heard. Others will have been done, although the Turkish supermarket was apparently left alone.The pie and mash shop in the sidestreet of Westmoreland Road was also entered and trashed

Young men, 90% of them black, and the occasional middle-to-old aged black woman, then spent the next hour or so running through the sidestreets with their pickings, the first of them with widescreen TVs, boxes that contained kettle-sized electrical goods, trainers and the like from Foot Locker, and M&S clothing. A white 20-something one with a bad limp came to the door of the bar to ask them to call him a cab. The request was declined.

Some of the looters dumped gear in nearby gardens and returned to the Walworth Road, others had filled wheelie bins with whatever and were pushing them home, while the professionals returned to the double-parked cars (BMWs and the like, tinted windows in at least two cases) before replacing their masks and returning for any pickings they may have missed.

Innocent people turned up at the bar who had been diverted around the sidestreets, one telling me he saw a gang of about 10 black youths throw a man off his motorbike at Albany Road traffic lights before another rode it on in the direction of Camberwell. then the cyclists around him at the traffic lights who tried to help were attacked with weapons by hooded and/or masked vigilantes coming from the vicinity of adjacent Burgess Park.

People in the bar who lived on the other side of the Walworth Road were ringing relatives/kids on the other side of it not to open their doors to anyone – it was anarchy in the literal sense of the word.

Two police vans finally made it up to Argos at about 8.30pm, which dispersed the people in and outside there sporadically. They had been in there for about an hour though people were still loitering in nearby streets with intent at nightfall. We can only hope that nothing is torched by late arrivals who find themselves empty handed. That, or the police regain control of the thoroughfare.

What I find most amazing, is that had I not married and moved away, then after the day I’ve had at work today I’d have walked home. To Walworth. At that time. And gotten completely caught up in it all. There are no coincidences.  God knows what He’s doing, even when I don’t know anything…

I can only hope and pray that such protection continues to be afforded while the authorities bring things under control.

4 thoughts on “London Riots: God protects…

  1. I really love what you have written here and i feel the same way. God is protecting me soo much i havent even seen any violence or looting yet. However, I do have fear that if the police are not doing anything now to prevent the looting then they wont do anything when the looting goes onto places like oxford street.Honestly i think what is going on is absolutley outrageous,peopkle are destroying communities business and police priopperty, BUT who can blame them. When ur feeling oppressed by the goverment becasue of all these cuts and u ahve no say to what goes on in your community why wouldnt you rebel? 90% of people who are looting are Black young males because they know that all these cuts are reducing there chances of progressing in life and only the rich are benefiting so looting gets them what they want for absolute free. They are probably thinking I cant get a job in order to get what I want so I will loot instead.

    Furthermore WHERE ON EARTH ARE THE GOVERMENT? Nick cleg should be quite and stop LIYING that he has been in communication with members of the goverment because he is a liar. WHY SHOULD ANYONE BELIEVE ANYTHING THAT COMES OUT OF HIS MOUTH WHEN HE LIED ABOUT TUITION FEES NOT GOING UP, HE LIED ABOUT NOT MAKING YOUNG PEOPLE SUFFER AS A RESULT OF THE CUTS. HE IS JUST A LIAR. WHERE IS DAVID CAMERON? YOUR THE PRIMINISTER AND YOUR ON HOLIDAY WHEN YOUR COUNTRY IS TURNING INTO A WAR ZONE? WHAT AN EARTH IS THAT ABOUT? JUS SHOWS HOW INCOMPETENT HE IS! WHEN GORDON BROWN WAS PRIMINISTER THIS DIIDNT HAPPEN NOW WE HAVE CAMERRON AND ITS HAPPENING AND HE IS NO WHERE TO BE FOUND. GOVERMENT ARE NOT DOING ANYTHING TO RESTORE THE ORDER IN SOCIETY, POLICE ARE NOT STRONG ENOUGH TO STOP THE LOOTING AND VIOLENCE! THIS IS A JOB FOR THE ARMY! BUT WAIT THE ARMY IS IN IRAQ FIGHTING FOR A DIFFERNT COUNTRY, WHEN WE NEED THEM THERE NOT HERE! WHAT A JOKE! GOVERMENT NEED TO REMEMBER THAT THERE ARE MORE CIVILAINAS THAN MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT AND POLICE PUT TOGETHER, SO POTENTIALLY THESE RIOTS COULD BE A NORMAL WAY OF LIFE UNTIL EVERY INDIVIDULAL IN SOCIETY GETS WHAT THEY WANT OR SOME ARE SATISFIED AT LEAST WITH DECISIONS THAT ARE MADE. THE ONLY WAY THIS WILL WORK IS IF THE GOVERMENT ACTUALLY TALKS TO PEOPLE ABOUT WHAT THEY WANT!

    FOR STARTERS WHY 9000 FOR UNI FEES THATS JUSS RIDICULOUS DONT MAKE YOUNG PEOPLE PAY FOR WHAT THEY DIDNT CASUE, THER ARE OTHER AREAS THAT CAN BE CUT FOR EXAMPLE REDUCING MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENTS PAY, STOP THE CONSTRUCTION OF UNESSESAARRY ROADS, STOP THE PRODUCTION OF NEW BUSES. SO MANY AREAS. THE GOVERMNET ARE NOT SMART ANYWAY BECASUE THE RICH WILL JUST GET SCHOLARSHIPS SO WILL NOT PAY AND THE POOR WILL TAKE OUT LOANS THAT WILL TAKE THEM YEARS TO PAY BACK SO THE GOVERMENT ARE NOT GOING TO MAKE THIS 9,000 A YEAR QUICKLY, THEY ARE GETTING THID MOENY IN INSTSLMENTS AFTER INDIVIDUALS GET PAID OVER A CERTAIN AMOUNT. WHOS TO SAY PEOPLE WHILL EVEN GET JOBS, THE WAY OUR ECONOMY IS GOINGG. WHICH MEANS IN MANY CASES PEOPLE WILL NEVER PAY BACK THER STUDENT LOAN SO EVENTUALLY THE GOVERMENT LOOSE SO MUCH MONEY.

    AT THE MOMENT LONDON HAS A VERY BAD REPUTATION AND I WONT BE SURPRISED IF PEOPLE ARE SCARED TO COME TO THE OLYPICS. THIS COUNTRY LOOKS LIKE IS IS NOT BEING RUN PROPERLY! MABEY THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE AHVE LIARS SUCH AS NICK CLEG AND PRIMISNISTERS THAT DONT TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION HOW THE CURRENT AND NEXT GENERATIONS OF YOUNG PEOPLE ARE EFFECTED BY THESE CUTS!

    IM WONDERING JUST HOW MR CAMEROON AND LIAR NICK CLEGG ARE GOING TO GET THE COUNTRY OUT OF THIS WAR?

  2. Isha, what are you talking about ‘they know that all these cuts are reducing there chances of progressing in life and only the rich are benefiting so looting gets them what they want for absolute free. They are probably thinking I cant get a job in order to get what I want so I will loot instead.’ I have never heard such rubbish, I am sick of this political correctness, other people manage to survive on very little but work hard to try and make a life for themselves – This is just an excuse for lazy, indisciplined, disrespectful imbeciles to steal from hard-working people – The ironic thing is they may have destroyed and looted big businesses (in addition to the small businesses that are not forgotten) but its the local workers who will end up losing out when they have no job to go to tomorrow – what will these young people say to that? You can blame the government all you like, but people have a choice – and this weekend, and tonight, people made the WRONG choice.

  3. Not sure we ever know ‘before the fact’, and even if that does happen with any regularity right now I have no inkling anyway. I can think of all manner of ambitions and things I’d like to try my hand at, but nothing that resonates particularly.

    All I do know is that I’m here and when I seek God’s will in day-to-day decisions, even the mundane, things keep working out in ways I couldn’t have imagined myself, until after the fact. That said, I know also that even when I do try things on my own strength/will, nothing ever quite works out how i’d like/want it to!

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