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Looking out for one another

Dear Editor,

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke

Sometimes we each have to be the one, even if it’s a little embarrassing, to prevent something more embarrassing or even dangerous from happening.

We can all tell stories of families and or friends who were lured into adverse situations. We see the warning signs. We even mention it to our other friends. But in the end, we regret that we didn’t say something to the one teetering on the edge of the cliff or about to step blindly into quicksand.

We just say or do nothing. We visit them in the hospital and in prison. Worse, we cry at their funerals. We saw it about to happen but said or did nothing.

It’s always easier to do nothing in a difficult time, but it’s not why we are here.

It’s our duty, one human being to another, to look out for each other.  God looks for people who will take the initiative, speak truth in hard places, say the last painful ouch that needs to be said.

Hurricane Dorian has brought to the surface a great divide that has been simmering for decades: families and friends, church members are at crossroads over the immigration concern.

I believe – no, I know – that the church is doing a yeoman’s job in taking care of the poor and needy. The church is the sole benefactor to a lot of its members and the wider community.

Sadly, I might have missed it but I don’t hear or see the majority of church leaders on the same platform addressing that this boil that if left to fester would cause mayhem in the country.

That’s not to say they are not saying anything; they’re just not saying it in one voice and loud enough.

This chasm that has been created since Dorian is beginning to take its toll on society.

Recently, I have come under verbal attack. Darts are being hurled my way and knives plunged into my back (”Et tu, Brute?”) for what I believe is the Christian thing to do but I remain resolute in my beliefs. It’s alright; I understand.

– Anthony Pratt

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