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Barbados Through a Faithful Lens: A Christian’s Exploration of Paradise

Updated: Mar 11

Greetings fellow wanderers! Today, we embark on a journey to uncover the hidden gems of Barbados, exploring the paradise through the eyes of a Christian traveler. Barbados is a living testimony to a unique story meticulously planned by the Lord through geography, history, unique destinations, and culture. It is yet another one of the countries we're visiting in our alphabetical journey as we explore God's fingerprints around the world. Join me today as we get to know a little bit more about the country called Barbados.

A Unique Perspective

Hey Christian travelers, as we dive into this, I want to set this up with a unique perspective. Specifically, I want to draw our attention to a Bible verse Psalm 95 verse 5. The sea is his for he made it and his hands formed the dry land. This acknowledges God's role in shaping the island's beauty or really the whole world's beauty. But as we're looking at Barbados, this verse catches my eye because one of the things I think that draws a lot of us travelers to islands is the ocean. The unique tropical or sandy beaches or whatever about the land itself is pretty cool, but it's the water that surrounds it, the awe that we can see water for miles and maybe nothing else. It's different than our everyday life. At least I live in the middle of a country, and the ocean is over seven hours away from me. So going into this podcast thinking about Barbados, this Bible verse really spoke to me. I also want to set up this episode again with a unique question: How does the awe-inspiring beauty of Barbados' landscape deepen your appreciation for God's craftsmanship? This could also just be that appreciation of the cultures and the things that make each and every country unique. There's a lot of things that you could get into with that. Let's go ahead and dive in.

Discovering Barbados

Now if you don't know where Barbados is, let's find it on a map. It's located in the eastern Caribbean in the lesser Antilles of West Indies and in terms of size, it's seven times smaller than the state of Rhode Island. It has a warm tropical climate with consistent temperatures year-round ranging from 72 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit, making December to April probably one of the best times to visit just because there's a little bit less rainfall. In terms of language, they speak English, but their local dialect is known as Bayon. It was colonized in the early 17th century by the British, and an Anglican church was one of the first churches that was established. Today, 76% of the people are Christian, 21% have no religious affiliation, and there is a strong African influence in worship, largely due to the history of slavery there, which I think brings kind of one of those unique elements of travel to light already. Getting to worship with people around the world, you see that how we worship God can look so different, but at the same time, our belief in him as a savior is kind of that unifying thing around the world. Now, what I think is really important as a Christian traveler is to understand that even though we're not necessarily going there to be what you think of as a typical missionary who's going there to really spread the gospel and outreach, wherever you go to the grocery store in all of your travels, you have the opportunity to be a witness. And as such, I want to bring to light one of the larger groups or religious beliefs that I listed, and that was the 21% who have no religious affiliation.

I am reading this book called "The Christian Difference," and it does a phenomenal job of talking about all these different kinds of religions around the world, including those that are skeptics, atheists, agnostics, or have no religious affiliation. So I'm using that knowledge to help share a little bit with you about what they may or may not believe. Now, this book probably is largely talking to Westernized, if not American religions. While there are some other religions around the world that are addressed, when it's talking about agnostics and atheists, I felt it leaned a little more towards Western thought. So it's not necessarily just about Barbados.

Understanding this may help you with being a witness in your travels. So as I said, 21% have no religious affiliation in Barbados. Now, when it comes to no religious affiliation, there are two terms that often come to mind for me. One is agnostics, and one is atheists. Being completely honest before I did this research, I wouldn't have been able to tell you really which is which. Because it just makes me cringe inwardly that there are people who have any opposition to our amazing creator. But I'm hoping that by the end, if that's kind of where you're starting to, you might be able to better relay and connect with them.

Agnostics vs. Atheists

Agnostics are actually people who believe that there is no knowledge of God or we can't have solid proof. Whereas atheists outright believe there is no God. And there is a difference because how they approach things and the openness to uncertainty or possibility of a God looks different in both camps. But you can group the two together and then break them into two separate groups.

Aggressive and Passive Non-Believers

You have aggressive non-believers and passive non-believers. Aggressive non-believers are then broken up into three categories and the same with the passive.

  • Of 37% of non-believers, are considered intellectual atheists or agnostics. They actively seek further knowledge and conversations in the field of belief or non-belief, often trying to better understand whether there is a God or not. And sometimes that can be very aggressive conversations and debates. And they're often looking for proof of their thought that there is no God.

  • 23% of non-believers are activist atheists or agnostics. They tend to promote their non-belief and are often involved in politically progressive issues. These are probably some of those mainstream topics that go against the Christian faith and at least make me cringe in the right way.

  • 15% of atheists are antitheists. They are almost militant in nature. They seek to attack and belittle other people's beliefs. So these are some of the most aggressive ones out there.

On the other side, we have passive non-believers.

  • 7% of non-believers are seeker agnostics. They're comfortable living in a world of uncertainty. There may be a God, there may not be. They wrestle though, like if you were trying to approach them and you say that there is certain concrete evidence, that's hard for them to comprehend. But they're open to the possibility that there may be a God.

  • 4% of passive non-believers are non-theists. They likely haven't given much thought about why they are atheists, but it is a part of their identity and they really don't care much about the debate. So it's a really small few that don't care about the debate, but they maybe just really haven't been challenged or seen a reason to really consider one way or the other.

  • 12% of agnostics or atheists are considered ritual atheists or agnostics. They reject God or that we know of his existence. But yet they see value in ritual and may use elements of religion as kind of a life philosophy.

This book actually introduced me to a group called The Sunday Assembly. It's a group of secular people of all different kinds of walks of life that come together and what they call congregations or churches, but it isn't to do what we consider praising of the Lord. It's about having a community. They sing songs, they listen to important or what they consider important, speeches or encouraging messages, but it isn't necessarily to grow their faith. It's just to have that kind of community. And I felt a little convicted by that because sometimes I think we, at least I have a tendency to occasionally go to church and just go through the motions. And in many ways is that not really having a heart of worship but rather just assembling with other people. I don't know, maybe maybe I'm a lone wolf out there, but I think there's just times when it can be easy to slip into this mindset.

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Approaching Conversations in Barbados

When engaging in conversations with individuals in Barbados about their non-belief, it's crucial to adopt a thoughtful and open-minded approach. Here's a structured guide on how to navigate these discussions effectively:

1. Ask Thoughtful Questions:

Initiate the conversation by asking insightful questions. This not only demonstrates genuine interest but also opens the door for a meaningful dialogue. Understanding their perspective is the first step toward building a connection.

2. Avoid Anger and Judgment:

Resist the temptation to react with anger or judgment towards their unbelief. Reacting negatively only contributes to further division. Remember, as Christians, we're called to love and respect all of God's creation, regardless of their beliefs.

3. Recognize Our Shared Humanity:

Emphasize that, despite differing beliefs, we all share a common humanity. Each person is a creation of God, and getting angry at them is akin to getting mad at God Himself. Redirect the focus from the individual to the shared human experience.

4. Acknowledge Faults in Human Thinking:

Highlight the reality of living in a sinful world, where flawed thinking exists in all individuals, believers, and non-believers alike. This acknowledgment fosters humility and sets the stage for a more constructive conversation.

5. Express the Need for Law:

Articulate the necessity of laws to maintain order and prevent chaos in the world. Emphasize that, as imperfect beings, our reasoning is flawed, and perfect laws are unattainable. This recognition encourages humility and understanding.

6. Demonstrate the Role of Savior:

Share the Christian perspective on the role of our Savior. Christ's purpose goes beyond condemnation; it is about restoring His creation to the perfection it was originally designed to be. This narrative shifts the focus from judgment to redemption.

7. Promote Constructive Dialogue:

Encourage an ongoing, constructive dialogue. The goal is not immediate conversion but the building of bridges and fostering understanding. Be patient and persistent in demonstrating the love and grace of Christ through your words and actions.

Approaching conversations in Barbados with humility and empathy can lead to deeper connections and a more profound impact on those whose beliefs differ from our own. Remember, our role is to reflect the love of Christ and contribute positively to the world around us.

Exciting Itinerary Stops

Alright, fellow adventurers, let's transition from insightful discussions to the excitement of exploring the picturesque paradise of Barbados! Here's your guide to the must-visit stops that will make your itinerary unforgettable:

1. Breathtaking Beaches:

Barbados boasts absolutely stunning beaches, and you don't want to miss out! Crane Beach and Shiba Beach, with their pristine beauty, should be at the top of your list. Picture yourself surrounded by turquoise waters and powdery sand – it's a beach lover's dream come true.

2. Harrison Cave: A Natural Wonder:

Prepare to be awestruck by the wonders of Harrison Cave. This natural masterpiece is a labyrinth of underground streams, majestic waterfalls, and crystallized limestone formations. It's a breathtaking spectacle that showcases the incredible artistry of nature.

3. Historic Marvels in Bridgetown:

Immerse yourself in the UNESCO World Heritage Historic District by exploring Bridgetown, the capital city. Marvel at the unique architecture and discover the captivating stories that echo through its historic streets. Your journey through Bridgetown promises a blend of culture and charm.

4. Barbados Wildlife Refuge: Encounter Green Monkeys:

Did you know that Barbados is home to the charming green monkeys? Yes, you read that right – God made green monkeys! The Barbados Wildlife Refuge is where you can witness these playful creatures, along with a diverse range of animal species. Get ready for an encounter with nature's wonders.

5. Living in Awe of God's Creation:

As you traverse these unique sites, let the awe-inspiring beauty remind you of God's creative handiwork. Keep God at the forefront of your thoughts and embark on your travels with a focus on living in a way that reflects His love and majesty.

Barbados offers a kaleidoscope of experiences, from the tranquility of its beaches to the wonders hidden beneath the surface. So, fellow travelers, gear up for an adventure that not only explores the marvels of creation but also allows you to draw closer to the Creator. Happy travels!

Connecting with Locals

Part of that is connecting with the locals in a way that is respectful to their culture. So some things to keep in mind, dress conservatively on the island. When not on a beach, shorts and skirts are acceptable but don't be incredibly revealing at places that aren't specifically touristy destinations. Greet everyone, including strangers, by saying good morning. That's just a huge part of their culture. If you eat out or take a taxi, etc., the expected tip percent is between 10 to 15%.

Challenges and Encouragements

Now this episode would not be complete without some other challenges to encourage you to carry out your faith. One of the tools that we have on our platform for all of our members is some of the local congregations that you can check out. Luckily because English is the language that they speak, you should really be able to worship anywhere and understand what they're saying. But if you're looking for some other more specific congregations that we recommend you can join our online platform. Other ways that you can worship and connect with the Lord in your travels would be praying for the locals, praying for their safety, for their leadership, and for just their general faith and encouragement on that island. And taking some time to journal is one of the ways that I find a great connection with the Lord is spending time in prayer and conversation with Him and writing down my thoughts, thanking and praising Him for the amazing things that He's provided for me, not only in my travels but in my life in general.

Final Reflection

As we draw the curtains on this episode, let's delve into a final reflection, an invitation for you to contemplate the impact of your travels on your faith, not just in Barbados but wherever your journeys may take you.

Reflection Question:

Consider how your travels can serve as a living testament to your faith. How can your adventures, whether in the breathtaking landscapes of Barbados or elsewhere, testify to the greatness of our King? Share these reflections with a friend and let the conversation inspire a deeper connection with your faith.

Dear Lord,

We express our gratitude for these amazing listeners and for the wonders of creation that surround us. Thank you for the opportunity to explore unique places and connect with Your divine handiwork. Our days are numbered, but we appreciate every moment to marvel at the beauty around us. Bless the locals in Barbados, and guide us as we strive to live with You at the center of all we do. May Your kingdom come, and Your will be done. In Your name, we pray. Amen.


Thank you for embarking on this exploration of Barbados with me. We're building a platform to help Christians easily meet up, find worship, and build like-minded community wherever your travels take you - whether it's backpacking through Europe, road tripping across America, or cruising the Bahamas. And we need your help to make this vision a reality! Get early access to Christian Travelers Network today.

Christian Travelers, thank you for tuning in today. Until our next journey together, may your travels be safe, and may God's blessings accompany you wherever you go. Safe travels, and God bless.

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