Antigua and Barbuda

13 08 2012

In this Caribbean State, there are 88,550 people, and 92% are Christian, while 2.1% are non-religious (1,860 ‘happy’ atheists, I guess). The Abundant Life Radio and Caribbean Radio Lighthouse are two local Christian radio stations. We pray that they will be a powerful influence among the small nation State.

Ok, so there are 3 islands. Antigua is volcanic, Barbuda coralline. Amidst the cheerful tourism on this African-Caribbean paradise, there seems to be a good bit of money laundering, drug dealing, violence, gambling and other strongly entrenched crime.

As Paul wrote to Timothy, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains” (1Timothy 6:10).

And as Hebrews has it: “Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have; for he has said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)

When one considers the lot of the wealthy, and compares it to the sufferings of the poor, it is good that Jesus spoke a strong warning: “Truly I tell you, it will be hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 19:23)

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