Today there seems to be so much knowledge around us that one is bound to think of the words offered by the scriptures, that in these days “the earth would be full of the knowledge of the Lord. When one uses the letter writer’s portion of newspapers one easily can see those things. Also in the writing of many of the Christian pastors in the newspapers these things can be seen. Yet in our Bahamas as much Christians as we may have, something seems to be missing. As much as our physical (side) progresses our spiritual (character) progress seems to diminish. Something seems missing. And though I’ve read many letters. They all seem to be missing a common message.
Who are we in God?
The reformed Christians may know who they are in God. Do the people of the Bahamian Nation know who they are in God? My observation shows there is a great error is this nation. How good it would be if the words found in the Bible could be their arms in life.
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.”
We are God’s people.
Another section reads:
“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, his own special people that you may proclaim the praises of him who call you out of the darkness into his marvelous light, who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not been obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy. For what credit is it, if when you are beaten for your own faults you take it patiently?” When do you do good, and suffer, if you take it patiently this is commendable before God. This would be good if this mantra was held high among the Bahamians.
Perhaps St. Augustine’s words may be a great help here. History shows God’s Will being done, not man’s. I refer to the recent words of two Archbishops, Gomez and Pinder in the Nation news of the Nassau Guardian of September 27.
Archbishop Gomez concerning the death of a young child had this to say: “The incidents of violence against youth were a reflection of the society as a whole. We are now reaping the benefit of a subculture that was allowed to grow for decades without comment. We cannot ignore it any longer. It’s an uphill battle.
Archbishop Pinder, in introducing the HOPE organization to the prisons expressed: “It is good that criminal offenders have a second chance through the operation of the HOPE organization. This group was drafted by the Archdiocesan Catholic Church Men’s Association. Its aim is to give offenders a second chance. The event was attended by many persons including Minister of National Security Marvin Dames. Not long ago Pamula Mills wrote in her column an article called “The World is Watching.” That article proved interesting. Recently on November 2, 2017 in The Freeport News Minister Nina Pinder wtote a similar article.
Pinder began by defining the two nations.
She stated: “A nation is defined by a stable community of people with a territory, history, culture, and language of common people united under a single government.”
She continued: “Christians consist of a spiritual community, a holy nation. We are God’s people and the recipients of his mercy. There are certain ethical and moral (views) of believers.
The world consists of two kinds of people; the saved or believers and the unsaved or non-believers. The unbelievers watch the believers to see if they possess what they profess.
Believers are often pressured to compromise and relax or be like the world but they must stand up for Christ and exemplify Holy living daily.
When they do such, unbelievers would see how being a Christian makes life worthwhile. Believers glorify God and exalt in His virtues.
~ Yours etc.