Cabinet warned: 'Don't let it go to your head'
Presiding Bishop of the Barbados District of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the West Indies, Gerry Seale.
"When you become puffed up with pride we will take care of you."
That was the stern warning from Presiding Bishop of the Barbados District of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the West Indies, Gerry Seale.
Speaking during the swearing-in of the new members of Cabinet and Parliamentary Secretaries at the Bay Street Esplanade last evening, he told the hundreds gathered there that his address was specifically for the incoming members of the government.
The Bishop reminded them that even though they are in positions of authority, they should treat all persons with respect:
"I want to ask you, please live and serve with humility. You have an important job, you have people that are going to go when you say go and go, and come when you say come, and stand when you say stand, and get out when you say get out - don't let it go to your head.
"Remain humble. When you become puffed up with pride we will take care of you."
He went on to address the topic of persons becoming rich after being selected to serve Barbados and urged them against using their positions for self-advancement:
"Live and serve with integrity. If you have come for a piece of the fatted calf, may I suggest that you're at the wrong table. If you have come to feather your nest, may I suggest you are plucking the wrong chicken… if that is what you are doing, I will pray – as I have done in the past with many others across this country – that God will expose you, strip you and bring you down. I promise you faithfully that I will do that. This is not time to rob the Treasury."
Bishop Seale further warned that just like the situation which led to the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) gaining the government, the citizens will take any dissatisfaction with their performance to the polls:
"Above all, we need you to be men and women of understanding and we will be praying for you along these lines... Lead us with wisdom and understanding and we will follow you. Lead us with foolishness and we will use our ‘X’...
"Live to serve, you have been called to serve, not to lord it over us."
Swearing in of the Members of Cabinet and Parliamentary Secretaries
Referring to the book of Matthew in the Bible, chapter 20 and verse 28, he urged the newly sworn-in Members of Parliament and Parliamentary Secretaries to follow the example of Jesus:
"If Jesus did not come to be served, what about us. If He came to serve rather than be served, then that is our calling - to serve."
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