Saving Grace

Let’s live as proud Bahamians

Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain. – Psalm 127:1

We in The Bahamas always talk about this nation being a Christian nation. We say that because the Preamble of the Constitution reads: “We the Inheritors of and Successors to this Family of Islands, recognizing the Supremacy of God and believing in the Fundamental Rights and Freedoms of the Individual, Do Hereby Proclaim in Solemn Praise the Establishment of a Free and Democratic Sovereign Nation founded on Spiritual Values …”

However, even though we like to say that we are a Christian nation, we do not always live as a nation, or Christian people. I say that because many of our people are not affiliated with a church and do not go to church.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, many churches are empty on Sunday. People who are affiliated with those churches refuse to return to church. They go everywhere without fear but are afraid to return to church. These are people who say they love God.

The people of God should not fear leaving home to spend time in the house of God. If they do not trust God to protect them, then who do they trust?

Often, the Christian church in The Bahamas is held up for ridicule. When I was growing up in The Bahamas, people really had respect for the church. Even though some parents did not go to church, they sent their children to Sunday school.

Regrettably, there are scores of children in our nation who have never been to church. Their parents just do not care about taking or sending them to church. Many churches don’t even have Sunday school anymore.

The church is where we are taught morals. It is the place where we are taught about God and how to live among our people. The church helped to shape the lives of many great Bahamians.

This coming Sunday, July 10, we will celebrate our 49th year of independence. Yes, 49 years of self-governance and orderly transition of governments.

As we celebrate our 49th year of independence, I pray that we, the people of The Bahamas, truly capture the spirit of Christian love. I pray that we have a genuine care for our fellow citizens and the rule of law. We live in a most beautiful and wonderful land the Lord gave to us.

I pray that our parents, both mothers and fathers, teach our children what true citizenship is all about. Teach our children to love God and this land. Teach them that life is precious, and that disrespecting life is ungodly.

As I drive around the island of New Providence, I see many signs going up. These signs show the faces of many Bahamians. The slogan on these signs read: “Proud to be Bahamian”. That is good. We should all be proud to be Bahamian. I am.

However, saying that we are proud to be Bahamian is not enough. We must live as proud Bahamians. We must show love for the land and the people who occupy these islands.

We owe it to our God and the many great Bahamians who have passed this way and left footprints in pathways for us to follow. They gave much, making great sacrifices, to leave us a nation of which to be proud.

As we go forward, may the God of all graces continue to bless and guide us. Let us not just say it, but live as proud Bahamians. Amen.

Happy Independence!

   
• Reverend Samuel M. Boodle, pastor at the Lutheran Church of Nassau, 119 John F. Kennedy Dr can be reached at P.O. Box N 4794, Nassau, Bahamas; or telephone 426-9084; website: www.nassaulutheranchurch.org.

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