Get back to God

The Dean of St Michael’s Cathedral The Very Reverend Dr Frank Marshall believes that the general movement of people away from God might very well be responsible for the “obvious decline” which is “stepping in” to Barbadian society.

In a sermon yesterday at a service to mark the beginning of the Supreme Court’s legal year, the senior Anglican cleric asked the congregation to look closely at what is happening in the society and to play a role in preventing its decline.

Marshall urged them not to say, like so many others, that Barbados has “special favour” or that “God is a Bajan”. He alluded to recent reports on crime which, he said, suggested not only the existence of callousness but “no reverence for life”.

This, he said, was driving “reasonable and respectable persons into retreat.

Reverend Dr Frank Marshall
Reverend Dr Frank Marshall

“How do we see ourselves? What motivates us? What is our ultimate objective as a society?” he asked.

Marshall reminded members of the legal fraternity of the injustices of slavery and the lack of real emancipation. It was the 1937 riots which brought into focus the continuing economic and social relations in Barbados, he said.

That was followed by improvements such as free secondary education, workmen’s compensation, national insurance and university education which led us to believe that we “had reached a better place”, he noted.

Bringing it back to the present day, Marshall observed that the daily news now reflects “a breakdown of the fibre and character of Barbadian life” and the society therefore needs to recover the cohesion that our “forefathers knew.”

“When a sense of the moral and spiritual has been removed,” the senior priest said, then people have “secured their license to exist as creatures of the wild”.

Making a scriptural comparison, the cleric said just as the Apostle Paul wrote that one part of the body could not say that it has no need of the other, it is much the same with any institution, community or nation.

The Anglican Dean added that it would be wise for us “to take stock and attend to those principles and practices which served us well in better days.”

He spoke of both “current and impending dangers which we must seek to address”, the most dangerous being “the denial of the Divine authority and sovereignty in our lives.”

6 Responses to Get back to God

  1. Venice Daisley
    Venice Daisley September 16, 2015 at 9:06 am


  2. jrsmith September 16, 2015 at 9:20 am

    What we need , solid investments, in our society/economy, we need jobs, jobs, factories and other businesses, we need to motivate our young people ,we need a cottage industry, we need leaders who have the will and power to look to the future,

    We all talk about history, which has screwed us all down, when things are not going as plan we quote from history and the bible. and this is a continuous cycle, we need to break away from that have the investment and economic plans for the future. we must unite and get things going.

  3. seagul September 16, 2015 at 10:36 am

    Activism has been replace with intellectualism. Until now the leaders and these so call scholars have contented themselves with only talking about the problems. They’ll analyze it to death, but they’ll offer no solutions. They are just information groupies. We have to get to institution building. We are at a standstill with all the high unemployment and high imprisonment, and if this continue we’ll live to regret it later-

  4. seagul September 16, 2015 at 10:44 am

    As its been said already–we are the children of the higher man. Without a memory we are demoted to the animal. Without knowing what happened its hard to interpret what is…

  5. Mark Wrd
    Mark Wrd September 16, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Tax the churches

  6. Loretta Griffith September 16, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    In my opinion, it has nothing to do with jobs. Some persons want jobs but not work. There is too much of this dependency syndrome as if somebody owes them a living.
    I left school at eighteen and was privileged to get work immediately after leaving school and I worked not for the big salaries some are refusing today, but I worked hard and conscientiously and it paid off.
    Never for one moment thought that someone owed me a living. I was ambitious enough to pursue my goals and achieved them.
    That is why I have no respect for hangers on and parasites. Those who also believe in “welfarism”.
    I wholeheartedly support those magistrates and judges who also impose community service as part of the penalty for. Time committed.


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