Bradley B Roberts
Progressive Liberal Party
Religious Services for Five Grand Bahama & Bimini Candidates 2016 Election
Under the theme “The Full Armor of God”
17th March 2017
Freeport Grand Bahama
Statement of purpose why we are here.
Bishop Godfrey Williams and Mrs. Williams
Other Ministers of the Gospel
Rt. Hon Prime Minister and Leader of the PLP
Party Officers, Party Stalwarts, Party Supporters
Party Candidates Dr. Michael Darville, Obie Wilchombe, Julian Russell, Norris Bain, Preston Cooper and their spouses
Members and officers of Jubilee Cathedral, a pleasant good evening to all.
On behalf of the Progressive Liberal Party, I express my thanks and appreciation to our gracious hosts, Bishop Godfrey Williams and Mrs. Williams and the Jubilee Cathedral extended family for your kind invitation on this most auspicious occasion.
My brothers and sisters,
We have gathered here this evening in God’s house to seek Almighty God’s guidance and blessing before we begin our election campaign here in Grand Bahama and Bimini.
While we all would quickly say that we want God’s blessing, it is not automatic. We must diligently seek it. The Bible is abundantly clear that God is ready to pour out His blessings on His people, but only when we order our lives in obedience to His divine word and according to His will, He will liberally bestow upon us His wisdom – wisdom that is more precious than gold.
That is my fundamental message to our candidates who aspire to lead this country. Since leadership and governance are always about vision and moving a nation forward together, I am reminded of the prophet Habakkuk and his profound words of leadership he received directly from the Lord.
““And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.”
So why are we here? I could think of no better place to be to receive a vision from God about the future of His people. It is written that the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof and that we are His people and the sheep of His pasture so those of us to desire and aspire to lead are nothing more than stewards.
The PLP is fully aware of the pain and suffering of our people in Grand Bahama. Notwithstanding much of the work executed on behalf of our people over the last five years, many of our brothers and sisters are still hurting so we know that there is much more work to be done.
In addition to much of the heavy lifting of the Christie government over the last five years including more than $100 million in public works and programs, there is a new legislative and Investment Incentive regime with attendant regulations that collectively form a solid and firm foundation in support of the future and sustained growth and development of Freeport and Grand Bahama generally. Our leader will speak more specifically to these initiatives in his address.
To our candidates Wilchcombe, Darville, Russell, Bain and Cooper, I wish to address an incident that happened recently in New Providence involving one of our campaigns in the Golden Isles constituency. Regardless of who started the verbal sparring between the two camps, there is no room for this kind of behavior and I wish to publicly caution all campaigns to exercise self-discipline, self-control and restraint during this campaign season. The Bahamas has an international reputation for political stability and I ask all involved to continue this legacy for the country’s sake. We can disagree without being disagreeable or insulting so I call for peace and calm during this election season.
In closing I wish to extoll the virtues of prayer as it is written, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”
So let us pray one for the other and for this beautiful Commonwealth God has given to us.
May Almighty God continue to guide our deliberations and may the Almighty bless the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
Thank you and good night.