Michael Bloomberg, the multi billionaire pulled out of the running to become the Democratic Party candidate for the presidential election in November 2020 after spending half billion dollars or $500, 000,000 on the campaign.

The decision to pull out followed his very poor showing on Super Tuesday primaries, on 3rd March. So called because on this one Tuesday a total of 14 States deliver their vote on the candidate they want to represent them.    

Michael Bloomberg despite spending all this money came nowhere and pulled out of the race. He entered the race three months ago and left it yesterday.

In a statement Mr Bloomberg said: “three months ago, I entered the race for president to defeat Donald Trump. Today, I am leaving the race for the same reason”.

I do not impugn Mr Bloomberg’s motive but take it at face value but would add I am pleased he did not succeed because presidential power should not be available for sale.

The incumbent used his money to secure the 2016 presidential election but at least Donald Trump came into the race from the very start, stumbled a number of times but continued to the very end defeating all and sundry to become president.

Michael Bloomberg only came into the race recently and thought his extraordinary wealth would make him succeed.

The half billion dollars could have done so much good for literally millions of people in the poorest places of the world.

According to Water Wells for Africa (WWFA), the average cost of a well, though dependent on materials, labour wages, depth of the well, type of pump and remoteness of the village is $8,000 USD in a country like Malawi and Mozambique.

This figure includes more than drilling a hole and installing a pump.

According to WWFA the cost of the well also includes the provision of information and training to the village on matters of hygiene and sanitation.

The training is essential for the well to continue functioning, and without hygienic practices, clean water is much less effective at reducing health issues because people are still exposing themselves to disease.

Each well serves 2,000 people. That means it costs $4.00 to give a person clean water and help them live long and live better. Is that expensive? Not by any means. For every latte ordered at Star Bucks, WWFA could use that money to supply a person with clean water for 20 years. Imagine what could have been done with $500, 000, 000.

Simon the Sorcerer in Acts 8 in the bible offered money to buy spiritual power and was firmly rebuked by Apostle Peter. The apostle told him: “thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.21 Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. 22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. 23 For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness and in the bond of iniquity”.

After receiving such a firm rebuke and fearing the consequences, Simon pled for mercy and repented.

I do hope Michael Bloomberg reflects much upon the money he wasted and help the world’s poorest with some of the many billions he still has. I will be praying that his conscience trouble him and he makes amends before it’s too late.

Our platform is the world and congregation the people.

The Lord’s servant

Lloyd Denny

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