Submitted by Charles Knighton
“I want you to know that God is telling you a new thing. He wants you to step out in faith and be bold for the Lord, and He will protect you from all harm and danger…”Pastor Delroy Burley, March 21 Advocate, “Pastor: Trust in God”, March 22 Nation, “Pastor: God doing new things”.
One is constrained to ask whether Pastor Burley or any of his flock follow world events? The tepid Christianity practiced in Barbados pales in comparison to the real, old-fashioned visceral faith now found only in those countries where it is persecuted, such as in the Middle East. No Christians on Earth have been more “bold for the Lord”. They have been rewarded for such fealty with an ongoing genocide. The image that constantly comes to my mind is that of the twenty Coptic Christians being marched along the shore by their black-clad executioners. Their stoicism was quite likely based on Biblical teachings similar to those of Pastor Burley, that their faith would protect them from “all harm and danger”, that miracles occurred at the behest of their God, a being who is omnipotent as well as omniscient and omnipresent.
As the sharp knives of their executioners began their grisly work and it became obvious there would be no deus ex machina moment, one wonders what may have been their final thoughts? I think I know, and I think you do too.
“I want you to know that God is telling you a new thing. He wants you to step out in faith and be bold for the Lord, and He will protect you from all harm and danger…”. Risible piffle, Pastor Burley.