Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and State of Emergency, several religious leaders yesterday blamed the indiscipline of T&T citizens for the country reaching the stage it has in the fight against the pandemic.
Speaking during the National day of Prayer, Archbishop Jason Gordon said the people of T&T had not yet “found that discipline in the way to live in this time.”
“We pray first because we have to humble ourselves and to do that, we need to listen to the Almighty. We are praying because we need wisdom from on high to know how to live as a nation, how to live together and to stop all of this bickering, so together we come together as one people to find the paths through this pandemic,” Gordon said.
“We pray also because we need to ask for mercy. We need to recognise what we have done that was wrong … We have not been our brothers’ and sisters’ keeper and we have not been the people of hope and who put the good of all besides own good.”
Anglican Bishop Rev Claude Berkley, in delivering the homily, urged the citizens of T&T to be obedient, practice unity and patriotism.
“We need to talk, to persuade, influence and stick to obedience as we respond to strategies outlined in overcoming this virus,” Berkley said.
He added that there was too much ridicule and people making fun of the serious issues before them.
Berkley emphasised that there is much need for people to return to self-respect, discipline and unity of purpose.
Several leaders of different various denominations, including the Muslim, Presbyterian, Seventh Day Adventist, the Raja Yoga Centre, Hindu, Ethiopian Orthodox, Spiritual Baptist and the Methodists, fervently offered prayers for healing of the nation and a reduction of COVID-19 infections and deaths.
They also asked God to give strength and wisdom to the Prime Minister and his members of Cabinet in making the right decisions in handling the pandemic.
The leaders also prayed for God to unite the people of T&T and to have mercy on all.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley called the Day of Prayer in the wake of the country’s desperate fight against the pandemic.
During a brief address, Rowley, in explaining the basis on which he made the call for a Day of Prayer, explained that T&T is a nation that acknowledged God at its inception.
“On August 1, 1976, our Republican Constitution came into being and I quote: ‘Whereas the people of T&T have affirmed that the nation of T&T is founded on the principles that acknowledge the Supremacy of God, faith in fundamental human rights and freedom, the position of the family in society of free men and free institutions, the dignity of the human person and the equal and alienable rights in which all members of the human family are endowed by their Creator.’ These are the first words of our Constitution and therefore that is the foundation of today’s exercise.”