Sunday 25 October, 2020

Reverend warns Christians to stay out of Crop Over

Revellers on Grand Kadooment Day at the National Stadium. (File Photo)

Revellers on Grand Kadooment Day at the National Stadium. (File Photo)

As the 2017 Crop Over Festival gets up and swinging one religious leader has issued a warning to Christians to be wary of getting involved in the ‘revelry’ of the Festival.

Reverend Ezra Barker delivered these words of advice during the Crop Over Thanksgiving Service at the Vauxhall Methodist Church on Sunday which was attended by the Minister of Culture, Stephen Lashley, and officials from the National Cultural Foundation (NCF).

Reverend Barker spoke to the congregation at length about righteous pursuits, hinting that Crop Over events do not fall into this category.

“Too many persons have allowed the desire to acquire material possessions, the pursuit of pleasure and the need for power to influence them away from God. Sometimes we think that it is music and revelry that will make us happy and it does but only for a short while.”

Reverend Barker also commented on the prevalence of lewd behavior occurring in society, saying that young people are merely reflections of ‘unrighteousness’ occurring in society. He also said he hopes that good values will be maintained during the Festival as he noted, ‘as a Christian society you must always behave in a Christian way’.

“I pray that all Barbadians will heed the call for good behavior during the Festival.”

The 2017 Crop Over Festival is set to run from May 14 to August 7 and will be celebrated under the theme ‘Catch the Feeling’.

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