Symbolism and St. Lucian imagination (commentary)

Symbolism and St. Lucian imagination (commentary)

4b67a9b6-5a94-4508-a4b8-ffa0e834b9baCOMMENTARY – All religions in the history of the world have made use of symbolism, for every religious movement has attempted to express man’s basic experience of the holy and the transcendent.

Saint Lucians find themselves at the crossroad of having to acknowledge their religious holy day, the Sabbath Day, which  has now been set apart for Nomination Day, Saturday, the Sabbath day for approximately 35,000 based on one account.

And having to go to the polls on June 6, 2016, which they have come to interpret after the book of Revelation 13: 18, which speaks about the mark of the beast and the symbol 6.6 .6:  June (6) month of the year (6) day of the month and 2016, which by some accounts conclude the symbol we crowned 666: Mark of the Beast.  

To some, what a dark day in Saint Lucia’s history regarding the government in this election year, having to deal with the sacred, the holy and the unholy.  

So far, symbolic communication is, in great part, the product of projective or creative imagination, encoding or transforming psychic experience. There is indeed the need to explain a little perspective and give the meaning of the word Sabbath.

The Sabbath Day is technically Saturday, which is the seventh day of the week. In our culture, Sunday, the first day of the week, is most often considered to be the Sabbath.

In Revelation 1:10, Sunday is referred to as “the Lord’s Day”, so it became the regular day of worship for the early Church as a perpetual celebration of the Lord’s resurrection, which took place on a Sunday.

Historically, then, Sunday took on Sabbath significance and, while it doesn’t technically replace Saturday as the Sabbath, it can be observed as a Sabbath.

In Romans 14:5, Paul wrote: “One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.”

Prohibitions for Sabbath observance included a person not being allowed to throw hot water because that was considered to be cleaning. A person not allowed to wear false teeth, because they would be tempted to pick them up if they fell out of their mouth. This was considered to be carrying a load.  A person would be allowed to spit on a rock, but not on the ground, because the spit may create a tiny furrow in the soil. This was considered to be plowing.

In 1611, a set of laws and statutes were adopted by the Jamestown settlement of Virginia and, according to History of American Law (Lawrence Friedman), it contained the following criminal code, every Virginia minister was required to read “Articles, Laws and Orders” to his congregation every Sunday and, among other things, parishioners were reminded that failure to attend church twice each day was punishable in the first instance by the loss of a day’s food.  Virginia law in 1662 required everyone to resort “diligently to their parish church” on Sundays “and there to abide orderly and soberly”.

Acts of necessity are always permitted and encouraged.

In the book of Mark 2: 23-27, we could conclude that there are two things that can take place on the Sabbath.

One is acts of necessity and the other is acts of mercy, which are always permitted and encouraged according to Mark 3:1–6.

Also, we must ask the question, what is the purpose of the Sabbath?  

The purpose of the Sabbath is, first, remembrance and, secondly, rest. The idea of the Sabbath is as much a day of rest as a day of remembrance.

Remembrance in that God compared the Sabbath to their time of slavery and how he delivered the Hebrews out of slavery (Deuteronomy 5:12–15 and Exodus 20:-11) and they were then told to rest.

The principle of the Sabbath: It is not about a “day” because the ultimate rest is in Christ (Col 2:16-17, Hebrews 4:11).

We must take the full counsel of scripture and look at the New Testament: the Sabbath that is virtually non-existent (John 20:19, 1 Cor16:2, Rev 1:10, Acts 20:7).  

The Sabbath is not about a “day.”  

Now let me pose a question to my fellow Christian friends.

What would Jesus Christ do on nomination day?

I would like to think he would render unto Caesar the things that are Caesars. There is nothing wrong with the government of Saint Lucia scheduling Saturday as Nomination Day.  

Now regarding June 6, 2016, Saint Lucia need not worry.  

In 1981, American chose a president with the name Ronald Wilson Reagan. Ronald (6 letters) Wilson (6) Reagan (6). Was he the beast?

By now we all know he was one of America’s most loved presidents. It was just a myth. Even so, June 6, 2016, is just a myth.

My question to you is what are your values? You should value your vote and vote your values!  

Harvey Cenac, chief visionary office(CVO) for Seed Foundation Inc. has over 15 years experience as an entrepreneur, coach, and strategic communicator. His background includes experience in the United States and the Caribbean. He is also the co-author of the book "Walking with Giants.”

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16 COMMENTS

  1. Mr. Cenac, Revelation 1:10 does indeed talk about the Lord's day; but my burning question is how did you determine the Lord's day to be Sunday?? John the revelator did not make any mention or suggestion that he was referring to Sunday.

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  2. Rendering to Ceasar what is Ceasar's and unto God what is God's should never be in conflict. What is due to Ceasar does not supercede God's laws. If Ceasar says to steal or kill or commit adultery, would you do it? Of course not! God says to keep the seventh day sabbath- Saturday holy and nothing Ceasar says or does will ever take precedence over the word of God. This is all a subtle introduction to the national Sunday law where Sabbath observers will be threatened with imprisonment and death if they do not observe Sunday instead. For those of us who believe and observe Sabbath, lift up your heads for your redemption draweth nigh. Observer the signs of the time. For those of you who do not now believe read exodus 20: 8-11 about the 7th day Sabbath; Malachi 3:6 about God saying he does not change; and Matthew 5:18 where God says heaven and earth will pass away but not one jot or tittle will be removed from his law. So whom do I choose to obey? Man or God- God. Peter and the apostles in Acts 5:29 said, we ought to obey God rather than man. So prime ministers and presidents are free to set whatever dates they want for their events- we just obey God and stay out of political or secular activities on God's sanctified day. End of story. There is not debate or argument. The word of God, the Bible speaks very clearly....he who hath ears to hear let him hear.

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  3. On the point of the Sabbath... the day is still valid today. You are correct that it serves two purposes. However the former point about slavery is not relevant. The sabbath was to remind us of the fact that we were created by an all powerful being; Jehovah! As you are aware, the day was put at the end of the creation week and it was SANCTIFIED. The few texts you have about the "first day of the week" say NOTHING about it's sanctification. It was man, who had no authority by God at the time, who "sanctified" the day.

    Mark 2:27-28 (KJV) And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:
    Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.

    http://www.bibleforandroid.com/v/1e30bbb30cc1

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  4. Well sir I agree with your 666 argument in part, but your understanding of the Sabbath is not correct. Jewish laws and tradition concerning thr Sabbath were always at variance with the Divine law, Jesus Christ spent over 3 years trying to correct their understanding on that matter. The day of the Sabbath is just as important as the purpose of the Sabbath as specifically stated in the fourth commandment (Exodus 20:8-11) and as such was commanded to be kept 'holy.'

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    • And 616 is actually the number of the beast and not 666. You would think a learned guy like him would know that.

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  5. Harvey Cenac, who are you? and who make you the authority to explain the so called "myth?" What is your political affiliation? I think you were sent to calm the nerves of St.Lucians. My question though, is why is it so difficult for Kenny to amend the date if the Seventh Day Adventist believes that on their day of the Sabbath their focus is different. Joachim Henry, why are you supporting this?

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    • Hypocrisy at its heights!! And nothing wrong with UWP having their big rally - Saturday 4th, June (7th Days Sabbath Day). Over to you, Guy Joseph - HYPOCRITE!!

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  6. Simplistic analysis here is parading as deep thought. The arguments presented do not in any way further the development of this society.
    Our idle commentators miss the point. Instead of making strong arguments for strengthening our constitution by placing greater checks and balances on the abuses of our current dysfunction governance system, we get what?
    Idle chatter on useless concerns about the peripheral symbolism an/or the backwardness of our cultural affinities moored to the occult and devil worship. That is progressive thinking from the so-called educated. No?
    The so-called educated in Saint Lucia should hang their heads in shame. They are most definitely part of our problems instead of being part of the solution. Get lost!

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  7. The worst commentary I have come across . This is the voice of a demons dress on a nice suit twisting the word of God to fulfill his deceptive agenda .No wonder Christ spend so much time in his short time on earth warning us of such liars who come in his name .Fire burn.

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  8. My boy check your facts. Regan was a terrible president and his band is consistently being used as a synonym for lies, deceit and moral ambiguity.

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  9. Non the less we recommend that your views respect St. Lucian's Sabbath on a Saturday. You would want them to respect yours.

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  10. Mr. Cenac article is right on point. As Christians, we must become very aware of governmental attack on our religious freedom. All efforts must be taken to defend these religious values that we hold dear, however, we must also become aware that we are part of this world and that there must be a level of accommodation for the policies of this world. An important point referenced in Mr. Cenac articles states “Give unto Cesar all that is Cesar …and unto God all things that is God”. This is a very important passage in the holy text because it reflects to us that God understanding that our life on earth will require us to engage in daily activities that might contravene our faith. We must avoid the slippery slope of simple refusing to live or engage with our community based on religious belief. As pointed out in the article, the particular day is not what is of importance but our inward belief and how we manifest that belief to glory that father that is in heaven. Thanks
    Dr. Alvin Abraham

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    • When so-called leaders have as bosom pals, dastardly political dinosaurs like Fidel Castro and Maduro, they feel emboldened to ride roughshod trampling the feelings and rights of people. Their arrogance knows no boundaries. Nothing is sacred to those heathens and pagans. They will stop at nothing, if in their evil moronic minds it gives then a political advantage to continue their relentless destruction of the social fabric of this society.

      Fair-minded people and Christians should not bear the thought of vote for any these Red Shirt imposters and God-foresaken lying pagans that so dominate the moronic SLP, calling their unending inflicted misery, better days.

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  11. With all due respect to you Sir, I differ with just one or two statements.
    Ronald Reagan is highly respected by the many ultra right wing elements
    in the United States and Europe, White South Africa and the usual suspects
    in the then South America. He suited their purpose, as an actor he played the
    part divinely set out for him. I could say more, but I'll cut it short today, but
    I'll just throw in a jab:- What happened in Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala etc etc.
    Was it very nice for a man admired by the people? God will not be mocked.

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