What a country, what a place, what a people! This was surely a new Eden, the land of promised hope and paradise. Those who visited nearly always returned and many stayed, captured by the beauty of its scenery and the warmth and friendliness of its people. Its natural resources provided an income for those able and willing to tap into them. They attracted the industrial giants with their expertise to come and explore the wealth beneath the surface. The locals and those from neighbouring lands were employed by these foreigners and lived more comfortably than their peers.
Self-employed, farmers produced their crops and sold in the markets. There was always food in abundance, fresh fruit and vegetables, meats of various kinds. Some people used whatever space there was around their homes to plant what they needed, either for pleasure or to supplement their income.
The poor seemed contented. They helped each other survive. They shared with each other and understood each other’s needs. They were honest and ensured their children grew up to be decent citizens. The Church looked after its flock and except for one or two miscreants, life was pleasant and safe. The people seemed to remember the scriptures and especially the first three verses of Psalm No.1:
“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.”
Yes, the nation prospered. But prosperity turned the hearts and the minds of the people towards selfishness, callousness, aggressiveness, greed, covetousness, arrogance, short-tempered reactions and foul-mouthed responses. The rich were becoming richer and the poor poorer and the people replaced God with materialism. Fraud and white-collar crimes increased. The lawyers got the guilty off because they could pay for crimes that they should have been incarcerated for. The rights of the criminals superseded the rights of their victims. The doctors attended to those who could pay for their services in their own private clinics, while the poor who sought treatment in the hospitals waited for hours, sometimes for days before they could be attended to. The Hippocratic Oath seemed to have been eclipsed from these medical persons to be replaced by a hypocritical stance to serve those in need of their care. They find every reason they could think of to withhold their service: increase in salaries, better working conditions, bureaucratic excuses, change of unions, lack of equipment.
Service in so many areas is lacking. If the boss is not around, the customer is regarded as treading on hostile territory and must sum up sufficient courage to make his or her request. The Public Service has its problems; many who look for the security of being employed there abandon the idea of service once hired, to replace it with an extension of domestic life. What can be done for self during a working day is given greater importance than serving the public. The sad thing is that these persons don’t seem to feel they are doing wrong, even when members of the public have to return from far, on different occasions, for something they need.
The God-fearing has an answer. Return to God. Feel and express love. The absence of love is at the heart of most problems. The Church has not been able to solve the selfishness and arrogance that its members display. Many sermons have been preached to address this manifestation, but the home and society outweigh entrenched attitudes and some look at the Minister as ‘only talking’. They attend Church for different reasons: out of habit, a Sunday morning exercise, to get out of the house, to bring the children and, perhaps, they may have an important role to play there. Some of course, want to listen to a good sermon and be inspired and to be drawn closer to God.
In the meantime, because things are not getting better, the more hopeful and those who believe wait for a miracle. God works miracles in the lives of man, leaving him impressed and awe-inspired. Not all of them stun with the sense of the miraculous as the walls of Jericho coming down, or Daniels’s three friends emerging unharmed from the fiery furnace.
The inhabitants of Paradise Island have to remove their eyes from the insular to the global picture. They have to see what is happening is a world-wide phenomenon. Tim.2:3: “But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of stress. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, ungrateful, unholy, inhuman, implacable, slanderers, profligates, fierce, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding a form of religion but denying the power of it.”
The people need to believe what the Bible says and note Matt. 24:6 & 7: “And you will hear of wars and rumours of wars……….For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places; all this is but the beginning of the birth pangs.”
The citizens will see paradise again at the Second Coming of Jesus. In the meantime, they should live according to the Commandments of God and He will provide their safety and give them peace.
Quotes taken from the
Revised Standard Version of the Holy Bible.
You know what, a miracle will come to the people who have made up their mind, they are determined no matter what happens, that they will get it, only believing in Jesus and have faith.Thank you, it was a wonderful piece to read.
Love sent, Justus