“Is the Bahamas a Christian nation?”
After reading Nicolette Bethel’s piece on immigration in the Bahamas, one thing is confirmed. Many Bahamians consider other ethnicities to be none of their concern and this is troublesome. It is troublesome because of the continuous mention of the Bahamas being a Christian nation.
However, there are still many churches among us. It is my belief that the nation of the Bahamas is a religious nation and not necessarily a Christian one. People like the idea serving God, but do not all commit their allegiance to this God. I’ve seen many times where parents send their kids to church, but do not go themselves. This shows their respect for religion, but fails to show their commitment to Christianity. God is often regarded as the king, but yet many Bahamian people do not let him rule. Furthermore, for one to say they are of the Christian faith then their lives should be centered around their God. I know for a fact that the Bible preaches themes of love, peace, and acceptance of all. If this is the case, then how can a nation that shuns other nationalities be a Christian one? To make it worst, there is bias in who is shunned from who is allowed to stay. People of the Haitian descent are discriminated against way more than any other race. For example, I work in a bank and there was an instance where I served a Haitian and my supervisor did not like it. She literally said that she does not like to serve them and when asked why she just smiled. She smiled because she knew that she had no real reason, but just had a negative outlook on them. The passage by Bethel really shows how empty Bahamian society would be if everyone was treated with the same bias as particular nations.
For the Bahamas as a whole to come around to accepting all as equal they would have to accept the responsibilities that come with being Christian. Therefore, the base thing is not just knowing that Christ is Lord, but...