Members of the Barbados Labour Party as well as the executive members of the Christ Church East Constituency Council held a thanksgiving service at the Sons of God Apostolic Church at Ealing Park, Christ Church on Sunday.
The service was uplifting as participants danced and sang along to the negro spirituals being sung for the Member of Parliament for Christ Church East and Minister of Energy and Water Resources Management Wilfred Abrahams.
In his brief remarks Abrahams thanked God for allowing him to reach the pinnacle of a minister and told the congregation that he did not believe one could separate church and state in politics as they are both core tenants of the successful running of a political party.
“People often believe in the separation of the church and the state and that religion should have no part in politics. I do not believe in that at all. The Bible says that unless God labours in a house, they labour in vain with it. In every important decision and every important venture God should be at the centre otherwise we have done nothing”, he said.
Abrahams stressed that Barbadians needs to return to the core values of morality and hard work in our society.
“Somebody had to stand up and be counted for everybody else to fall in line. It is interesting [that in] the hierarchy of this church the young people are shepherds and the shepherds will lead. We have to get back to our core beliefs in doing the right thing, in hard work. I am reminded of that all the time and I am reminded to give thanks. One of the worst things you can experience is ingratitude – an ungrateful child or an ungrateful friend,” he said.
The Minister also noted that this was the most difficult time for anyone to enter Government as we are facing dire economic strains.
“This is perhaps the most difficult time in the history of our country for us to be in Government but there is a saying that cometh the moment cometh the man, or cometh the moment cometh the woman…. This is not the time that anyone says that they want to be in politics, or they want to enter Parliament because it is rough. It is very, very rough and it is going to get rougher. I believe that we were called to Parliament for a time just like this,” he said.
The members of the Sons of God Apostolic Church also lifted Member of Parliament for St Michael South East Santia Bradshaw in prayer as she is battling with breast cancer. (LG)