In his 1940 apologetics publication entitled “The Problem of Pain”, C.S. Lewis said that pain is God’s megaphone to rouse a deaf world.
The subject of theodicy has been grappled with by theologians since time immemorial, from Augustine to Gottfried Leibniz to Martin Luther to John Calvin to A.W. Pink to R.C. Sproul.
The Bahamas, at least culturally speaking, is a Christian nation.
We see the outworking of God’s sovereign plan in the elections of 1967, 1968, 1972, 1977, 1982 and 1987, when Sir Lynden O. Pindling was elected to govern the Commonwealth of The Bahamas in six consecutive general elections.
In 1992 and 1997 and again in 2007, God chose Hubert Ingraham; while in 2002 and 2012, He elected Perry Gladstone Christie. In 2017, He chose Dr. Hubert Minnis.
I believe it was Pindling who said that the voice of the people is the voice of God, after his 25-year reign came to an end on August 19, 1992.
From an election standpoint, Pindling was correct: God had moved the majority of the Bahamian electorate to vote out the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP), in order to place the Free National Movement in high office in 1992.
This interpretation of Bahamian political history lines up perfectly with Daniel 4:17. And seeing that God is sovereign, He was quite able to prevent the entrance of evil into a perfect universe He had created.
Consequently, due to the historic fall in Genesis 3, moral evil and natural evil are realities we must contend with, notwithstanding the position held by the late Mary Baker Eddy of the Christian Science Church.
The latter reality hit home with Bahamians, with the advent of COVID-19 and its attendant sudden collapse of the economies in the western hemisphere and the destructive passage of Hurricane Dorian through Grand Bahama and Abaco in 2019 — two important Family Islands that were completely devastated.
The record-breaking year of 2019 for tourism now seems to be in the distant past.
With tens of thousands of Bahamians unemployed and now depending on the National Insurance Board for financial assistance, the economic situation of 2020 mirrors The Bahamas during the 1930s and 1940s, when many Out Islanders were near starvation.
We can argue about the extent of God’s sovereignty, as it relates to His permissive will, until we’re blue in the face. But the facts remain that God could’ve easily prevented Dorian and COVID-19 from directly impacting The Bahamas.
As Bahamians, it’s time for some soul searching and introspection.
Why did God allow two of the most significant challenges to impact our way of life within a short span of eight months, especially a country teeming with churches, prophets and apostles?
I find it interesting that none of our prophets was informed by God about COVID-19.
The lockdowns and curfews are new to us, who often take for granted our freedoms.
The significant death toll caused by Dorian was unheard of in modern Bahamian history.
In the weeks leading up to the gradual reopening of the churches for worship, the dailies were bombarded with letters from my fellow Christians, who took Prime Minister Minnis to task for purportedly encroaching on the domain of the church.
Some were even alleging that we Christians were being singled out for persecution, when all the Minnis administration was doing was attempting to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Recently, a 10-year-old girl named Lorencia Simmons Walkes lost her life, days after being struck by a bullet.
To the best of my knowledge, none of the persons who had penned divine oracles to the powers that be regarding the reopening of the churches has written anything pertaining to the death of this beautiful little girl.
This underscores our collective nonchalant attitude towards human life in this country, attested by the near 1,800 murders committed in The Bahamas since 1999.
I stand by my original contention that most of the noise in the market concerning the reopening of churches was monetarily motivated. God’s interests were on the back burner, as they’ve been for years.
In my opinion, COVID-19 and Dorian are God’s agents aimed at purging not only the church, but the entire country as well.
The high murder rate; the sexual promiscuity; the breakdown of the nuclear family; child abuse; the reveling at concerts and bar rooms; chronic gambling; gluttony; drug abuse and drug trafficking; alcoholism; armed robberies; assaults; xenophobia; obeah; materialism; idolatry; high rates of incest and political corruption are all besetting sins in this country.
A man of the cloth revealed to me that a used condom was found in the choir loft of a church, which underscores the utter lack of reverence for the Lord in many of our churches.
Another informed me of a pastor engaging in an extramarital affair with a married woman, which is not unusual.
Stories such as these can explain why the Bahamian church resembles Israel during the intertestamental period, when God was silent, in fulfillment of Amos 8:11, which predicts a famine of God’s revelation.
Look at the percentage of unwed pregnancies in the church to that of the world, which is near identical.
Instead of lying about the Minnis administration persecuting the church, we Christians should have been weeping between the porch and the altar in repentance for our blatant immorality.
We were spiritually tone-deaf to God when the economy was growing by leaps and bounds.
Perhaps God, in His permissive will, has allowed Dorian and COVID-19 to impact this country as a way of rousing us from our spiritual sleep.
It’s His way of urging us to repent.
The Bahamas simply cannot afford to continue along this destructive path.
I see God’s fingerprints all over these two disasters. As Bahamians, we must repent.
— Kevin Evans