As a Caymanian, born and bred in the Cayman Islands, I would like to offer a reply to Cayman Brac’s MLA Ms Julia O’Connor-Connolly and her request that prayer be brought back into schools, mainly because we are a Christian based society. This letter of course may not see the light of day, because of biases, but am still trusting that it will.
First of all, this may be taken as offensively by some, but I am asking all who reads this, for one minute put away emotions and take up logic. My thinking here is meant for enlightenment and not criticism.
Cayman has, by default been a Christian community, meaning that Christianity came over to the Colonies because of the Monarchy of England. No other reason.
Ms Connolly stated that we as a community have strayed from these beliefs because of outside cultures. This is true to some degree, as this can also be influenced by Caymanians going abroad and becoming educated. Our world broadens everyday and so does our thinking, the essence of any good education system, formal or informal.
Using my logic, I see blaming the ills of our society on the seemingly lack of religion is like the sunscreen dilemma: If it isn’t working you need to use more!
So far, we have all the religion we can handle and people are constantly offering up prayers, but it seems to no avail. Why? Because religion does not offer the solution and most people do not know how to pray or what to pray for at the appropriate time. Many people spend their time praying to God, demanding and telling Him how and what to do.
Having morals, and practicing what one preach, under any circumstance is the biggest testimony to anyone. There are many, many moral, upright world citizens who do not care to be religious – there are also many religious people today, more than before, for as far as statistic goes, ‘the Gospel’ has basically reached every continent in the world. Why has evil seemingly escalated despite this?
To answer I would say that there is always a balance in nature and in life; the Yin and Yang phenomenon. We need to learn to live with the opposites that are, we need to learn to be responsible for ourselves and our actions, and know that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. This needs to be taught in schools and churches and expressed more in our everyday lives; this in turn is more feasible for practice.
We have to learn to live for now. Live for each other and respect each other.
If we care to be present in the moment we will see that life certainly shows us that religion is not the answer to our troubles.
Cherry D. Smith