Church comes out against ‘moral slide’
The Restoration Ministries Church in Brittons Hill, St Michael, has come out against the ‘moral slide’ currently gripping Barbados.
And yesterday, members of that church assembled there for just over two hours to pray for the healing of the country.
Pastor in charge of the church, Reverend David Durant, in an interview with Barbados TODAY, said the recent events taking place in the country were cause for concern.
Durant, who also sits in the Upper Chamber of Parliament as a Government Senator said: “Recent events, the strikes, the protest on the streets, the threatened national shut-down, the agitation that we are witnessing among some people and the frustration that some people seem to be experiencing are sources of concern.”
“Also the accidents that we have seen recently, the three earth tremors on one day, Thursday, as well. We had the twelve-year- old boy who died under mysterious circumstances, as well as the six year-old boy who died under similar circumstances. So quite a number of things we see affecting the country, plus we have been going through an economic downturn for the past seven years during which several people have lost their jobs. There seems to be a build up of tension in the society,” Durant added.
The cleric contended that as a church, Restoration Ministries must “stand in the gap” and pray for the Government, the Opposition party and all leaders of the society.
Addressing the issue of child abuse, Durant argued that children who had been traumatised in their youth, raised in dysfunctional homes, neglected and abandoned, often grew up to be dysfunctional adults.
Durant asked rhetorically: ” What kind of generation would we be creating if we allow that to happen?”
Commenting on the recent earth tremors which rocked the country on Thursday, Durant argued that it could be “a finger of God” warning Barbadians to stop the moral slide.
“Many Barbadians have lost their moral standards and values and Biblical principles. Children are not attending Sunday School anymore and parents are not accepting their responsibilities. The moral slide in Barbados needs to be arrested and who else can arrest that slide but God through his church. The church is God’s agent for change in the land,” Durant contended.
Expressing concern at the widespread abuse of illicit drugs by the island’s youth the outspoken cleric said: “We accept that neglect is one of the greatest forms of abuse. When parents neglect their children, those children often gravitate towards the drug barons in the districts who give them money and encourage them to be “drug mules” for them. It is for this reason that I do not agree with the legalisation of marijuana. It is a mind-altering drug which contributes significantly to the spike in crime across the country.
“Our children need to be told to keep away from illicit drugs and the guns. Security at our seaports and airports needs to be strengthened. Our fishing boats need to be monitored at sea and random checks carried out. Drugs are destroying the brains of our youth, ” Durant added.
Issuing a word of advice to the young ladies of Barbados, he noted that several of them were sacrificing their value on the altar of materialism.
“I want women to remember their value in building strong values. They must desist from the practice of making heroes out of young men making their way to Dodds,” he lamented.
“Many children lean more to their mothers than to their fathers. Women need to know who they are and to be at peace with themselves. Men are not angels, but they like to marry an angel. I believe that churches in Barbados should hold town hall meetings across the country and highlight the importance of building strong family units, Durant said.
Durant also suggested that churches should set up a hotline, so that persons trapped in same sex relationships could get spiritual counselling and help.
In addition, the cleric said he believed the church should establish a gay and lesbian centre with trained personnel who can assist them in “getting free”. (NC)