Members of the new Cabinet of Barbados were told in no uncertain terms that they could find themselves out of office for failing in their duty and falling back into the habits and practices that they campaigned against.
Delivering the invocation today at the swearing-in ceremony for ministers of Government at the Esplanade, Bay Street, Presiding Bishop of the Barbados District of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the West Indies, Reverend Gerry Seale, cautioned them to be humble and honest.
“You’ve been called to serve, not to be lord it over us,” he said. And in a hint at the decisiveness of the vote by Barbadians in last week’s elections, he added, “lead us with wisdom and understanding and we will follow you. Lead us with foolishness and we will use our ‘X’”.
The noted Barbadian man of the cloth moved away from the lectern, turned to face the Cabinet members and explained that he was addressing them as a family member, ‘Uncle Gerry’.
“Live and serve with integrity,” he exhorted the 28 members of the island’s new executive.
“If you have come for a piece of the fatted calf, may I suggest you’re at the wrong table.
“If you’ve come to feather your nest, may I suggest you’re plucking the wrong chicken … if that is what you are doing, I will pray – as I have done in the past with many others across this country – that God will expose you, strip you and bring you down.
“This is not time to rob the Treasury.”
Stressing the need for humility in high office, he said, “when you become puffed -up with pride we will take care of you”.
Making a biblical reference to God declaring he will live “with those whose spirits are contrite and humble”, Reverend Seale said, “we need leaders who live in the high and holy place with God”.