by Vernon Khelawan
First, I want to sincerely congratulate Archbishop Charles Jason Gordon on his ascension to the leadership of the Archdiocese of Port of Spain. At this critical juncture in the life of the local Church, I pray he can rejuvenate the slippage by changing attitudes. May his achievements be too numerous to count.
I did not make any new year’s resolutions because many times I find myself breaking them in short measure. However, I have made a single promise to myself––to see God’s hand in everything I do. You can call it a resolve, I prefer to call it a hopeful promise.
Which makes me wonder, how many of our MPs make New Year’s resolutions, and whether in making these resolutions they put real thought into them, as servants of the people of Trinidad and Tobago? This must come FIRST. They usually say they do, but whether or not other interests take precedence is debatable.
If I am to judge from their behaviour in Parliament and sometimes outside, the second option wins out almost every time. They seem to forget the oath they took in which there is a line that says Trinidad and Tobago’s interests must come first.
But while I was contemplating this thought came the news that at least five people were murdered in the first few hours of 2018. This follows on the heels of almost 500 murders last year. Really! So where are we heading? We are in a real stew.
Somehow it does not seem to matter much to our leaders. There is a deafening silence coming from them. It appears they do not know what to do to stem the tide of murders and I remembered the Minister of National Security telling me at least a year ago that if he told me his plans, then the killers would become aware of them. At the time I didn’t think he had one. I believe it has come to pass.
So here we are at the beginning of 2018, predictably a tough economic year for many, but how many of our MPs will recognise that “service to their constituents” must be paramount in their minds. Remember, you offered to serve. The people decided to allow you to serve them. But there are so many occasions when one is left to wonder who serves whom.
Maybe the citizenry needs to return to God and pray for deliverance. As one person at the scene of one of the murders observed, “This place get out of hand. We need the spirit of God to come back in this country because right now, it’s like a jumbie that just hovering over us. We need to go back to the old-time days, yes. Love one another and care for one another, not this selfish thing that everyone for himself…”
To emphasise how this society has changed radically, a female friend of mine went to shop for produce at a small stand in Arima recently. But just in front of the stand there was a canal full of flood waters. She missed her footing and fell into the dirty water. She said there were three able men nearby and not one of them went to help. That is the society we have become folks! No love of neighbour.
Let us all as Christians pledge to keep materialism and selfishness out of our lives and go back to living in harmony, peace and love for 2018 and beyond.
May God bless us all.