There is one singular thread that connects atheists, agnostics and theists (whether Christians or non-Christians) and that is belief. At the core of every human being is a strong conviction or resolve about the existence or non existence of some entity or another. I have often questioned the passions that are expressed; some in diplomatic, non-aggressive ways, yet others with much hostility and intolerance of the rights of others to hold a position. We may be quick to cast aspersions on those who do not believe like we do or express their belief as we do but let us understand that important to every human being is the need for self actualisation. And that hinges largely upon what one believes. The essence of who I am is what I believe. Consequently, any threat to one's belief is interpreted as a threat to the person. It is such deep conviction that is necessary for one's existence. It gives him/her meaning and purpose in life. It also gives him direction. It is conviction that has led many to give up their own lives or to take the life of another because they stood resolutely in what they believe. Are you prepared to DIE for what you believe no matter what that belief is [whether is it belief in non-belief]? Am I willing to die for what i believe? If I am not then the question is... do I believe in anything?
"They do not have money to send their children to school but they have time to put in hairstyle!"
"I am not sorry for them at all. They too wicked."
These are among the value statements we make against people living in economically depressed conditions. We speak with such contempt when it comes to the poor and how they "adjust their priorities." We, with our well-thinking selves, impose upon those we presume ourselves to know better than, a set of values and priorities we "know" to be good for them, so that they can get their lives in "order".
It was from this position of "awokeness" and perhaps being "well-intentioned", then President of the West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Pastor Glen Samuels, spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast in 2016. He did so to great chorus, as his audience erupted in laughter and loud applause, approving what was a v…