If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)
For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, (2 Timothy 3:2)
Like many countries, the Turks and Caicos Islands is in a state of emergency. We are in a state of emergency because criminals are on the loose robbing and killing innocent people. As small as our country is, we are unable to capture these individuals and hence the majority of our murder cases are unresolved.
We are in a state of emergency because many of us no longer fear God. We fear people. We fear what they will do to us or what they will say about us. Because we do not fear God, we are committing all kinds of evil acts. Men are lovers of themselves and lovers of money and we know the love of money is the root of all evil.
We are in a state of emergency because there is so much hatred and division among us. Because of hatred, strife is stirred up (Proverbs 10:12). Because of hatred, jealousy takes place. Because of hatred, murders take place. Because of hatred, there is no unity.
I hope by now you understand the point I am trying to make about our country being in a state of emergency.
Call for help
Whenever we face an emergency, we call for help. Most times, we call 911 call for help. When you call that number, you expect a police or an ambulance to be dispatched to your destination. Hopefully they will arrive in time to rescue you from your state of emergency. Unfortunately though, some criminals get away before the police arrives and some people die before the ambulance arrives. In any event, we must continue and should always call 911 for an emergency.
I agree what we are experiencing in the Turks and Caicos Islands is a spiritual battle and because this is a spiritual battle then we need to call on the Lord for help. God is a God that can do anything. However, we should not go to the Lord in our wicked state. We need to repent and turn from our wicked ways so that our sins will be forgiven and so our land can be healed. Too many of us have sold out our country and now it is coming back to haunt us and the innocent is suffering for the guilty. However, it is not too late to call Jesus for help.
Faith without works is dead
We believe that whenever we call for help especially from the Lord, we will get help. However, faith without works is dead. We just cannot sit around and say we are waiting for help. There are some steps that we can do while waiting on help.
Yes we need to pray and call the Lord for help in times of emergencies. However, God will not come down from Heaven to solve the issues. He will give wisdom to his people and use them to do what needs to be done to resolve our emergencies. In the field of medicine, we have general practitioners but some doctors take it a step further by specializing in certain areas and so a general practitioner may refer a patient to a specialist.
Like the Doctors, we have our roles in calming and solving these emergency situations. The Governor has his role to play. The Government has their role to play. The Police has its role to play. The church has it role to play. The Family has their role to play. The Community has its role to play. If we play our roles accordingly, we can turn this state of emergency into a calm state. How can we expect the police to solve the crimes when persons within the community are withholding evidence and information? How can we expect things to happen when we pray when we are not doing our part?
The church cannot be business as usual, we must get rid of the traditional forms of worship on Sundays and use those times for repentance and prayer. We must get out of four walls and go throughout the TCI and have meetings on the streets especially in the prevalent areas. If the criminals are bold enough to go anywhere and anytime then we should be bold enough to go in any area and spread the word of God.
The Government must go back to drawing board and seek authorization to spend millions of dollars on resources to eradicate the issues in our country. The Government needs to seek help from other countries by recruiting specialists and experts who can deal with the situation we have on hand.
We are in a state of emergency and because we are in that state, we need to act so. Call for help and get the specialists in no matter the cost.