A personal Christian/Atheist polemic by Peter Turner.
IS GOD A TRINIDADIAN?
Trinidad is the marvellous West Indian island where calypsoes, limbo dancing and the steel band come from. I used to live there, and go back for several weeks every year. I read the island’s 3 daily papers (total cost 60 pence per day) and sometimes write letters to the editors, which very occasionally get published.
I love the blatant dishonesty of hucksters (usually on US TV) who use proof-texting to prove a biblical point. Here the author of this letter to the editor has used it to telling effect to make a humorous point. The only downside is that he has a pretty low opinion of the island’s national character. It will probably seem funnier to a non-Trini.
“I have decided to review the statement ‘God is a Trini’ that Trinidadians love to throw around – a phrase that has come about because of the many occasions that this country has escaped or has had close calls with hurricanes and other natural disasters.
I thought I would compare some of God’s qualities, some of his attributes with those of the typical Trinidadian, just to verify the validity of this statement. So I went ahead and have discovered the following:
Where God is concerned,
- He is diligent, as evidenced in Proverbs 10:4: “lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.”
- He is not a busybody in the affairs of others, as evidenced in 1 Peter 4:15: “if you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal or even as a meddler.”
- He is not into rivalry, as evidenced in 1 Peter 4:3: “for you have spent enough time in the past doing what Pagans choose to do – living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry.”
- He is not corrupt, as evidenced in Proverbs 17:23: “the wicked accept bribes in secret to pervert justice.”
Where a typical Trini is concerned.
Laziness is the norm, as evidenced by the inefficient workplace.
Meddlers run the town as evidenced by the lyrics of a recent song “people does talk…for a good ole talk.”
Carnival, feting and noise are the order of the day as evidenced by the carnival, feting and noise. And letter writer fed up complaining.
Corruption is endemic, as evidenced by the fact that people are able to buy their driver’s licenses, and the fact that a government who is clearly incompetent is still in power.
So, is God a Trini? I doubt it.
( Newsday 16/07/2013)