First let me thank the Chamber of Commerce and the Government for all their recent efforts in combating the increasing crime in this country. Like the Scriptures say, man looks in the outside but God looks at the heart.
Before I begin, I would like to make it clear that I was at least partially raised in a pastor’s home, that pastor being the only father that I knew.
To my Cayman brothers and sisters, I once again see the secular world come to the rescue of the island. What is wrong with this picture? After the hurricane, I was hoping that all the churches would have come together but they did not.
For years I have been hearing that the Cayman Islands are God-fearing but where are the God-fearing people when the Islands are having problems? Did God not say, ‘If my people which are called by my name shall humble themselves and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land’?
The Scripture says ‘blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord and the people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance.’ We need to do as He said: confess and humble ourselves to Him and admit we were wrong for turning our backs on Him.
We have too much unforgiveness and divisions in the churches and God does not bless nor anoint division. We all grew up in a dysfunctional family, but God is not a dysfunctional Father. How can we say that we are serving the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when we don’t even know Him or have a relationship with His son, Jesus Christ?
What about our churches that have been split for so many years? Jesus said, ‘If ye forgive men their trespasses your Heavenly Father will also forgive you but if you forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.’
The same Jesus who said we ought to forgive is our judge. What’s going to happen to us when we stand before Him with unforgiveness in our hearts because we refused to forgive, forget and get back together? My question is: how are we going to help our island with this crime wave when we are spiritual criminals ourselves before God?
God does not split His family. We split ourselves for all sorts of silly reasons and when we split we should know that there are other people there who we are hurting, like innocent bystanders. The Bible tells us we are to live in love and above reproach, because that is how God sees us, but right now He does not see us in love or above reproach.
We have tried and argued about it all and it did not work. We tried separation, devoured one another, followed man’s advice, dressed in long clothing, took off our jewellery, ordained our own preachers, condemned sinners, preached against one another, some of us even formed our own churches with our own ideas about serving God.
Because of disobedience, the only thing we did was curse our children and our islands. Thank God that we did not take Him by surprise because He knew it was going to happen.
The word of God is one thing that man cannot change. They may twist it to try to get it to work but God does not bow to man, man must bow to God. It is not too late for us to come together and love one another if we are really born again children of God, because He is a merciful God and always ready to forgive us.
God wants us to know him by having a relationship with His son, Jesus Christ. The same Jesus that we do not honour as we should. Paul the prophet told us that if we have received Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, we have become the righteousness of God through Jesus Christ and we have put on Christ; what greater clothing than that do we need? And also to become bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh with, as the Scripture says, His royal blood flowing through our veins.
Father God is a Father of second chances. It is not too late for us to get it right by having a relationship with Jesus. We can know the Heavenly Father; there is no other way to go before God’s throne. Then with God’s mercy we shall be a God-fearing people.