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Lashley wants positive messages

Minister of Culture and Youth, Stephen Lashley wants churches to use social media to defend the nation’s moral values and report positive messages about the island’s youth.

Lashley made the appeal in an address to the congregation at First Baptist Church, to mark the start of the 2016 National Summer Camp programme.

“In Barbados we have still the majority of the young people who are projecting positive values, doing the right thing,” Lashley said, but added, “We run the danger of being caught up in the instant reporting mechanism on our social media, which within the spilt of a second can send you a photograph of the most negative thing happening in our country.

“I just wish that our social media activists would spend the same time reporting on the positive stories of our young people,” he said.

Lashley also called on parents and guardians to set positive examples for their young charges.

“We have to reinforce what is required within our families, within our homes. Too many of our parents and guardians spend too much time partying and having a good time.”

Turning his attention to the celebration of Barbados’s 50th anniversary of independence, the minister also pointed to the need to uphold strong moral values.

“Why then in the midst of global threats to our cultural values and norms, our moral principles … that the church is often found to be silent?

“Why don’t I hear and see on the social media our churches being more vocal on issues of morality? Has morality gone asleep? Are the voices in support of Christian values and morality gone to sleep?” Lashley asked.

5 Responses to Lashley wants positive messages

  1. Joan Wickham
    Joan Wickham July 18, 2016 at 7:21 am

    translationtell lies to fool ppl into believing all is well, When, even his colleagues, from the head to the tail have no moral calculus,the same church have no moral calculus,so how can the ppl have moral calculus, when those in authority do not set positive examples .

  2. Allyson Benn
    Allyson Benn July 18, 2016 at 7:46 am

    “I just wish that our social media activists would spend the same time reporting on the positive stories of our young people,” he said.

    We do.

    Y’all only hear us when another minister is offended at what we said and wants to have us thrown under the prison as an example of how not to come for y’all untouchable folk.

  3. Alex Alleyne July 18, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Too busy collecting MONEY.

  4. Olutoye Walrond July 18, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    We all think the Church is the saviour of the society. Truth is: the church has no duty to anyone but its members. It is afterall an institution in which member share common beliefs and practices.

    No church will ever be able to determine or influence social trends good or bad. Sometimes it is even hard for them do so within their own ranks.

  5. Olutoye Walrond
    Olutoye Walrond July 18, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    I humbly suggest that the state and its various institutions have a far greater influence on social morality than does the Church, which is really an organization of persons who share a common belief.

    The Church has no duty to anyone other than its members. Its values and traditions are not things it can impose on outsiders. Let’s look more at those national agencies that cater to the energies of young people and seek to ensure that they channel these energies in positive directions.


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