Pastor tells Beetham: Respect the police
By SASHA HARRINANAN Friday, September 6 2013
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TEARS: Khannah Thomas weeps as she holds her son Isaiah during the funeral service yesterday for her fiancé and the father of her son, Christopher Gre...
PASTOR Joseph Simon yesterday urged Beetham residents to show respect to the police and other national security agents, as he delivered a sermon at the funeral service for Christopher Greaves, 25, Simon’s nephew who was shot dead by police in the Beetham last Sunday.
“You’ve got to love and respect the security services no matter how they are. We got to love and respect our Government, no matter how they are. The Bible says so...not me. The Bible says the Government is the authority that God has put above us, so we’ve got to respect them.
“Even if you don’t like them, you’ve still got to respect them and you’ve got to pray for them. Almost every morning I pray for my Government. Every day I pray for the people of Trinidad and Tobago,” Simon said.
Addressing mourners at the Bible Way Temple Church, Lady Young Road in Morvant, the pastor noted that when children grow up without a sense of God in their lives, they find it much harder to have a sense of love and respect for others.
“Too many of our family members are dying. I recognise that young people are killing out each other.
If we don’t kill, the police kill, somebody kill somebody. The Bible said there is a time to heal and I think now is that time,” Simon declared.
He then urged every parent to not only start a new habit of sending their children to Sunday school “or any religious school” once a week, but to also attend church themselves. Simon’s sister and Greaves’ mother, Annette Greaves, also spoke of the need to accept Jesus Christ in one’s life.
“Today I leave everything in God’s hands. Everything I have to do, I cry out to my God and he gives me strength.”
In an apparently response to police reports that her son was armed at the time of his killing and that Greaves initiated the shootout with officers, Annette challenged those present at his funeral to, “stand up if Christopher ever cursed you, disrespected you or advantaged you.”
No one stood. Fighting back tears, she then turned to her son’s coffin and said: “Christopher, I want to see you, I want to hear your voice. May your soul rest in peace.” Greaves’ fiancé and the mother of his one-year-old son Isaiah Greaves, Khannah Thomas, also spoke at his funeral saying they had been a couple for almost seven years and he loved spending time with their son. Thomas then called for justice in her fiancé’s death, at the same time saying, “they (the police) will try to cover it up. But what can I do? I will get justice.”