On Christian Values

There’s a parable that Jesus tells, about the Pharisee and the tax collector who go to the temple. The tax collector, overwhelmed with the knowledge of his sin, bows his head in the presence of God and prays bent over, humbled by his own weakness, asking for mercy. The Pharisee stands nearby, looking at the sinner in scorn. His prayer is different. It’s a prayer of praise: Thank You, Lord, that I am not like other men.

I’ve been thinking a lot about that story lately. Everywhere I turn, I hear talk that the Bahamas is a nation “founded on Christian values”. A year or so ago, before the Constitutional Commission began holding its public meetings, many discussions took place that invoked the inaccurate concept that the Bahamas is a Christian nation; being “founded on Christian values” is not exactly the same thing.

I for one am glad for the distinction.


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