A judge in his capacity as a Presbyterian lay minister is asking the country to gift themselves with a new vision for 2020, one which focuses on fatherhood and forgiveness.
Delivering his Christmas sermon from the pulpit of the Marabella Presbyterian Church yesterday, lay minister Frank Seepersad said T&T will be a happier and better place if the population commits to this new vision.
Seepersad said, “Sadly, family life in this Republic has deteriorated and we are facing a crisis of fatherhood and our men are underperforming in almost every sphere of endeavour.”
He added: “For far too long too many Trinbago men have been shirking responsibility and in particular their responsibility within the home as teacher, provider and friend. In our schools boys are underperforming as they fail to take responsibility for their academic progress and in the work place responsible attitudes of productivity have been replaced by entrenched views of entitlement.”
“As we approach 2020, the men of this nation need to step up and retake control of their lives and commit themselves to the service of their families. It must be understood that we as men are entrusted with the responsibility of ensuring that our children are not led down the dangerous road of crime and truancy,” he also said.
Urging men to follow the example of Joseph in the Christmas story, he said men must protect, nurture and provide for their families and instil in their children values of respect, hard work and discipline.
“If we focus on forgiveness and fatherhood, our vision 2020 can bring positive results. Strong God fearing families can unite and reclaim this society. Together with unity we can tackle our challenges…using our collective strengths and talents we can stamp out criminality and corruption,” he said
Calling on the nation to follow God’s example of forgiveness, he said, “As we approach 2020 we cannot continue the blame game, pointing fingers at each other and viewing each other with suspicion premised primarily upon ethnicity or social status..We need to appreciate that God’s love does not discriminate. In his eyes we are all equal as we are fashioned in His image.”