Is the church in Guyana dead?
Let me begin by saying that I am huge supporter of the church in Guyana, and that I want to see it succeed. But I have been waiting to see if the church in Guyana is still alive. When I read the newspapers, I saw no sign of life in the church.
When I read that several boys were allegedly being sexually molested, I wait for a response from the church. All I got from the church was silence. When I read about Commissioner Henry Greene’s moral failure and refusal to step down, I waited for a response from the church. Still I only get silence.
When I read of the injustice done against the poor, I waited for the church to give a public response, I still received silence. When I read about several women being physically abused, I waited for a response from the church. They continued to remain silent. What is the church doing about domestic violence, racism, injustice, and the triumph of evil?
Someone once wrote, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
Do the Christian Churches in Guyana care about others? Does it care about victims of domestic violence and poverty? Is the church not speaking out against domestic violence because it is not being affected by domestic violence or injustice? If this is the case, I assure you (church members) your day is coming when it will affect you.
Let me illustrate this point with a true story from history, someone wrote these words, “First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.”
When those little boys were being sexually abused, the church did not speak out because it was not their children. When those women were being abused, the church did not speak out because it wasn’t their members. When the impoverished and needy were taken advantage of, the church did not speak out because they were not in need of help .
Is the church in Guyana going to wait until it is the victims before it speaks out?
I am asking a clergy or lay person for an answer to my question: Is the church in Guyana dead? I don’t want to pass judgement on the church members without giving them an opportunity to share with me their opinions.
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