Religious educator Trevaughn Todman has called on local leaders in the territory to desist from ‘abusing their power’.
Todman made the call while delivering an address known as The Youth’s Perspective during the annual Emancipation Service held at the Sunday Morning Well in Road Town, August 5.
He also made the call while asserting that a social ‘cleaning up’ needs to be done in the territory.
“… Cleaning up from the abuse of power, particularly in the political arena [but] not in government alone, but [also] in the church, and all other organisations. We have lost focus of the prize, that prize is Jesus. It is time to refocus.”
According to the educator, while it may seem ‘inappropriate’ to speak politics during emancipation, it has become necessary to do.
“Politics has shaped these islands to what it is today. The small mistakes – we didn’t deal with them then, and today, they have festered and now we are gravely ill and we need that great physician,” he said.
Todman also called on the persons to be more watchful.
“We have the vigilante and it says ‘to us to be watchful’. Have we been truly watchful today? I say we haven’t. If we were, we would be a lot better off today.”
“I grew up old-fashioned. I spent so much time with my grandmother behind goat, cow, pig. These were the things that helped to shape me. Church, of course, was a must and it was that discipline that paved the way. It was these things that paved the way for many in early days, but because of the dollar which led to greed, jealousy and envy – we saw something better than a life that reflects the God that lives within us,” he said.