I hate to say it, but I think the week of prayer put on by the Ministry of National Diversity is a waste of time which will produce nothing except revenue for preachers, business for persons engaged in supplying party favours for such events and something for people to go to.
It’s not as though prayer doesn’t work or I have anything against prayer. Actually, it’s the other way around, I firmly believe that it’s faith in God that will deliver us from our daily trials. But I think we have gone past anything that prayers can fix.
But I just don’t think you can pray for people killing children, their spouses, the old and infirm. I can’t pray for fraudsters, oil spills, Beetham protesters or errant citizens as I think the two are so far removed and the non-praying; they only prey on the praying. I can’t pray for drug and human traffickers.
So, as I see it, prayer works when the police show up just in time to catch a killer. The Divine Lord exacts retribution on the sinners when you are confronted by Johnny Abraham and company on your way to a robbery and/or a killing. So I pray for the police in their Hanumanic task every day (Lord, please don’t let them run out of ammunition).
I pray that the new cameras will send tickets for all who break the red light or take a chance to turn in the police bay. I pray that when a car is stolen, the GPS works and at the click of a button, it will be stalled as close as possible to the nearest police patrol.
I pray for the farmers to have good elections and that their crops will be bountiful and provide food for the nation.
I pray that the hangman will get back his job.
I pray that women will take responsibility for their sexuality and not have to go to Ian Alleyne to get deadbeat husbands and fathers to pay alimony and maintenance.
Apart from that, to just sit and listen to irrelevant sermons is wasting my time and I am sure that a lot of others also see it that way.
Over to you, Honourable Minister Samuel.