Judge: Family life in T&T deteriorated

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.”

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