Romario Bell - fashionable, dedicated man of God
Romario Bell is young, strong, fashionable, and a dedicated man of God. It may seem a bit off to many, saved or not, when they try to picture such a combination.
"Young, hot boy like you a Christian? No, sah!" are statements that people such as Bell are subjected to, but this Christian fashionista has a word for them.
Bell was baptised 11 years ago but says it wasn't until November of last year that he decided to commit.
"It was during a youth weekend at my church. I was like dry bones and Evangelist Kimola Brown-Lowe was my Ezekiel," he said, adding that he attends the Church of God of Prophecy, located at 93 Lyssons Road, St Thomas.
Bell, who admits that he was always a fashionable person, says he didn't feel the need to 'change his style' after becoming saved.
"Christian fi look good. I think a major issue within the Church is how Christians portray Christ. If God is such a good God, why must we look as though nothing nah gwan? Many don't model Christ well, and that's why many unsaved are not interested. Life in Christendom is "fantastic", and that must be seen through every aspect of our lives," he noted.
The 22-year-old wishes to encourage other young men who believe that they are 'too hype for church' and to address those who may share similar views.
"The Bible says in 1 John 2:14: 'I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the wicked one.' People wait until they've exhausted themselves in servitude to the Devil and then wah come to God when dem pop dung and cyah fulfil the great task of purpose on their life. It's important to serve God while we're at our strongest. Additionally, Ecclesiastes 12:13 says, 'Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.' It didn't say the whole duty of pop-dung people; it didn't say the whole duty of old people nor the whole duty of 'people'. It says 'man', and that means human being at whatever age, at any point in their life. So it's not a case where fashionable people belong in the world and the opposite in church.
"God is no respecter of persons (Romans 2:11). He calls, prepares and uses anyone as He so pleases. God is very strategic. The people I reach through my ministry may not be the people someone else reaches through theirs. Everyone's assignment and target is different. So the hype has a place just like the not so hype," he said.
And regarding the popular belief that Christians should be less trendy and sometimes even dress like old people:
"Rubbish! That is foolishness! Jeremiah 29:11 says, 'I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.' Prosperous people, unless they're just cruel to self, nah guh look mash up and old. A matter of fact, my Bible tells me that I'm joint heir with Christ, royal priesthood. Look at the royal family! They wear the best of the best," he said.