Symbolism & Saint Lucian imagination!

Symbolism & Saint Lucian imagination!

BY HARVEY CENAC

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!

 

NOTE: 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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5 Comments

  1. anonymous z
    May 28, 2016 at 8:19 pm Reply

    Everybody saying a different thing. White man. Black man. Indian. Yellow man. No wonder one has to look within themselves for answers.I wonder what Daniel’s interpretation would be about that day?

  2. humble
    May 30, 2016 at 10:32 am Reply

    I hope God gives you a chance at the judgement to present your misinterpretation of a simple instruction.

    Exodus 20:8-12New International Version (NIV)

    8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is the Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

  3. stunned
    May 30, 2016 at 11:55 am Reply

    Dem pharisees like to blow their horns when you touch them on their religious convictions but they do not have any respect for the beliefs of others. They are strongly convinced by their religious beliefs, and can’t be swayed. On Sundays they can stand on a platform and lambast their brother of their same faith and are totally convinced that they can’t do so on a Saturday. They won’t even answer a question from an outsider on that day because they have respect for Saturday. Many of their brothers and sisters who are now blowing their horns on what was said above will not blow their horns for what is being said on Sundays on platforms but I am convinced those who do, are not supporters of the party of the ones being accused. God has only stated that we should respect ourselves and others i.e. God and man and not days and this love should be expressed on all days and not only on certain days. Why are dem so called called christains involved in politics? Should not the primary goal of a Christain be: to win souls for Christ? Why are these so called christains who are involved in politics, who are so convinced that their beliefs (especially Sabbath keeping) need to be followed in order to be qualified to enter into the kingdom of God attack persons who they think they might be able to persuade and not others? Why do these christains candidates don”t try to convince the other members of their party especially their leader but when seemed convenient they do follow their leader who is not of their same faith but I think it should be the other way round , their leaders should be the ones following them but these candidates and other members of their faith always point fingers at non Sabbath keepers. Christ and his disciples never followed non christains but the very first they would tell any non christains they encountered was: repent and be baptized for the kingdom of god is at hand. Also, why their church members do not see it fit to try to convince the Prime Minister and the leader of the opposition of their beliefs ( i.e. their belief of convenience when it suits them where they are blinded to see the real truth ). My stance: this says a lot when we see persons calling themselves christains being involved in politics and their religion sees nothing wrong with such. It is not all about religion. There are followers of Christ and followers of denominations. Denomination only brings about strong conviction of doctrines, division, argument and so forth. Therefore, let us all let Christ reigns within, where love from within will flow outwards. By this, our conduct, our light will determine whether we are christains or not , not whether we do not watch Tv on Fridays or is afraid to sign our name on a paper on a Saturday. Christains are from all denominations who believe in Christ not those who try to fool themselves they are the only ones and sometimes we who are convinced by such are not near there and those we rebuke are better than us/ let us not judge others based on days. Who want to blow their trumpet louder can right now.

  4. Anonymous
    May 31, 2016 at 9:06 am Reply

    Jesus uttered the words, “render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s,” in the context of paying taxes. The issue was one primarily one of money. A faithful persons was expected to pay their taxes to support the state while returning their tithes to support the cause of God. The Sabbath is not about “rendering to God” what is His. It is about honoring Him. “If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on My holy day,… and shall honor Him, not doing your own ways…” (Is. 58:13). To render to God” means to give him something. The Sabbath is Holy time set apart by God at creation (See Genesis 2:1-3). Thus on Sabbath, it is not about giving Him something. We join Him in fellowship, thus honoring Him. This is why at Jesus’ death, the Gospel of Luke 22:56 records that after His burial on Friday, “[the disciples] returned and prepared spices and fragrant oils. And they rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment.” God loves us, thus He gave us the Sabbath to rest, to join Him in communion fellowship. He longs to spend those sacred hours with every human being on earth.

  5. Annon
    June 4, 2016 at 9:28 am Reply

    Did not Christ respond to those who sought to entrap him “Man was not made for the sabbath, but the sabbath for man”? Also remember Paul was at odds with those Jewidh followers of Christ who insisted that for Goyim (gentiles), to be saved they would need to observe the Mosaic law, particlarly the kosher (ritual cleansing of the body, utensils, & dietary observances), regulations and the observance of the Sabbath Rest. But even after God told disbelieving Israel that that generation would not enter into His rest, Christ promises to those whave faith in Him, “come unto me and I will give you rest.” Your sabbath is secure if you are in Christ, but those who insist on the observance of some aspects of the Mosaic law will be judged by every aspect of that same law.

    Are we Jews after the Mosaic persuasion, or gentiles who have placed faith in Christ? Decide now!

    And again is it not written that you should be subject to the civil authority for civil authority is of God and that for your well being and that those who rail against civil authority should be afraid of the power of such authority in both their bodies and their souls.

    The utter blindness and consequent hypocracy of such convenient utterances is typicall of those of whom God says, “I will give them strong delusions.” And indeed in this case He has.

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