One can almost hear Jesus saying to the peaceful and benevolent pope: “If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first” (John 15:18).
The fact that ministers are now openly and unashamedly stating their pro-gambling views without the slightest fear of any backlash in their congregations is a testament of how spiritually sorry the church in this country is.
This is also a time of reflection. A time to examine our history, to look at the choices that brought us this far and then re-evaluate to determine what will take us even farther, and farther in God’s grace.
The most alarming statistic in the gambling debate is that for each dollar produced by legal gambling, it takes five dollars to deal with the social costs incurred because of prostitution, drug use, robbery and suicide, etc..
We continue to be surprised by the flawed reasoning that some use in their efforts to silence the voice of the church on national issues.
Bishop Simeon Hall criticized The Bahamas Christian Council for its stance on the gambling issue and suggested the organization concentrate on something other than its “Vote No” campaign.
Praise and worship at a church service allegedly turned into an unholy shoving match between church leaders while two women assaulted each other with a shoe and a tambourine.
A special need for commitment to the rosary arises today with the family increasingly under attack from forces of disintegration bent on promoting homosexuality, abortion, euthanasia, etc.
Today’s world desperately needs authentic heroes and heroines – not the fashionable, self-promoting Hollywood kind but the kind who, by their very lives, allow us a glimpse of true greatness.