Barbados in crisis, church leader says
Anglican priest Curtis Goodridge today warned that Barbados is facing a serious moral, social and religious crisis that has not left the church unscathed.
Stating that the country is going nowhere fast even as it prepares to celebrate 48 years of Independence, the reverend urged residents to return to God.
“It (Barbados) is like a galloping horse going down the racetrack of destruction,” he said during the annual Independence service held by the Democratic Labour Party at the St Lucy Parish Church this morning.
“Lawlessness abounds in this country; crime and violence abound; disrespect for the dignity of human life abounds; disregard for law and order raises its ugly head; a booming drug trade abounds as well, which seems to be linked to the gun trade. Need I say more? I can go on and go on.”
Reverend Goodridge charged that the actions of some residents were destroying the “good name” of the country, showing a clear lack of allegiance.
“I strongly believe that what we need in this country of Barbados is a national revival, a revival from north to south, from east to west. We need souls in this country to catch afire, burning with the Holy Ghost. But for this to happen, our people must come to repent,” he asserted.
The church service was attended by a number of Government officials, among them Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy and Minister of Housing Denis Kellman, the Member of Parliament for St Lucy.