Sickening murders reveal need for divine healing
Recently, 14-year-old Kayalicia Simpson was chopped and killed. It is said that this young student was having sexual relationships with big men and persons knew. Apparently, she was murdered to cover up this crime and early teenage pregnancy. A similar thing to what happened to Kayalica in Newlands, St Thomas, occurred in Westmoreland, where 37-year-old businessman, Cornelius Robinson, was sentenced for the murder of 14-year-old schoolgirl Santoya Campbell. Robinson pleaded guilty. On January 27, Santoya's body was found in a garbage bag under a bridge close to the Frome Technical High School, where she was a student. Post-mortem results showed that the young girl was pregnant, allegedly for Robinson.
These and other heinous crimes against the vulnerable, weak and impressionable women and girls show that people are sick and are in need of divine healing. How the society responds in outrage to these monstrous murders will shape the type of society we will live in. It is said that the dangerous mobsters Mafia of Italy has a code of honour not to kill women or children. Though this is a myth, it shows that there should be respect for women and children even for PR purposes.
The Jamaican law exempts women from capital punishment no matter the crime, which shows a high regard for womanhood no matter the sin. In addition, every Jamaican boy is taught to defend the honour of his mother's name and reputation. There is no such requirement about one's father. This pedestal given to mothers was due to their nurturing and caring role which is important to family life, nation building and the formation of a civilised society. Therefore, these gruesome killings of women and young girls and our underage girls being sexually exploited, raped and pimped is a sign that our society is indeed sick and needs divine healing.
Christians have a special and specific role to facilitate this divine healing based on our practices and beliefs. The Christian community must redouble its efforts in ministering to a broken, wounded and hurting people and community. Christians must teach and show healing to people in need.
Healing is God's will for us. Jesus the Messiah offers healing which includes the physical cure of individuals afflicted by disease. However, healing is more than the physical. In the ministry of Jesus, healing was clearly more all-embracing in effect and reality. Healing has other dimensions which are deeper and wider that physical cure.
forgiveness for wellness
Persons went to Jesus or were taken to Jesus for healing of a physical nature but heard that their sins were forgiven. The healing offered was not limited to physical wellness or restoration. As stated in Mark. 2:5, 'When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee'. One needs to experience forgiveness to be well again.
When a person has been healed and is assured that he or she has been made well or whole means that he/she has been saved. Matt. 9:20-22 states, 'And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood for 12 years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. But Jesus turned and when he saw her, he said, 'Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole'. Salvation is a sign that the powers of domination no longer have the capacity to hold people bound. Having received divine healing, a nation can confront the social ills of rape and murder as the people will no longer be compelled by their sin-sick ways.
These dreadful crimes that we have experienced in recent times evidence sick elements in our society, heralding the need for salvation through divine healing.
- Rev Devon Dick is pastor of the Boulevard Baptist Church in St Andrew. He is author of 'The Cross and the Machete', and 'Rebellion to Riot'. Send feedback to columns@ gleanerjm.com.