Steve Lyston | G.A.S. for crime reduction
The rise in the nation's crime rate coupled with the killing of the two missionaries recently now calls for drastic measures to be taken! As we hear the suggestion about hanging by the security minister, we must also recognise that it won't accomplish much without an effort to find the root cause of these actions. So we need to look at economic, political and, most important, spiritual issues; the same spiritual issues that some pretend are irrelevant and are of no consequence.
We need to ask some serious questions! Who are the winners and losers when crime is reduced? Are monies being paid to increase crime? If so, by whom? From where are such monies coming? Is the crime tied to maintain wealth or to getting rich or getting power? Why is it that over the years there is a trade-off in that where violent crimes decrease, road fatalities increase? Is there sabotage or undermining? Why are certain areas problematic?
We need to take a closer look at the parishes and their activities, such as St James, Clarendon, among others. It is always said that it is a fact that spiritually, where problems and fights exist, great blessings exist also. We call it distractions.
In those areas, the secrets and the resources that can potentially turn around the nation's economy - oil, gas, gold and other resources - lie within the earth. It could also mean that it is also the place to establish global economic centres.
When crime rises within a nation, there are strongholds, and for every stronghold, there is a strongman. For every strongman to operate, there are portals that open. For a portal to be opened and negatively affect a nation, it must be given authority - which we call legal right.
To stop that, we would need to have the highest authority within the nation make a decree against it and ask God to intervene. We probably need to call upon the governor general, the past and present prime ministers, along with the Church to shut the door.
It is not a lack of academic qualifications that causes us not to have this issue of crime resolved. We have the security forces, numerous ministers and various experts that have brought different solutions to the table, so we must now move away from the normal way of learning to reduce crime! We must begin to look at G.A.S. for reducing crime.
G.A.S. carries with it a threefold focus:
This is what is needed to truly address the issue of crime and to take on the challenge of crime reduction. This was the focus of Ezra's fast in Ezra 8: 21-23 called the "Guidance and Focus Fast". It deals with issues of security and brings protection, as well as direction, tactics and strategies and exposes the plans of the enemy.
Fasting brings spiritual breakthrough. The nation needs spiritual breakthrough. We need healing and restoration.
A spiritual problem needs to be addressed spiritually; and we are not speaking about a prayer breakfast, where rituals and formalities are carried out. We are talking about genuine atonement for things people have been doing wrong.
We cannot fight crime and win unless we divorce ourselves from any unclean thing - lawmakers, security personnel, politicians, business men all have to be free from the occult. Read the account of Achan in the book of Joshua.
We must fix the justice system. We also need more judge who understand spiritual warfare.
Every institution needs to engage in daily devotions if genuine change is going to come.
As in I Corinthians 1: 25, we need to look at these following four potential points of solution:
1. The foolish things
2. The weak things
3. The base things
4. The despised things
We need to give a fair-performance incentive to reduce crime that is not based on how many people are killed or how many persons are arrested. It must instead be based on how they transform the community.
There must also be a reward system for the true crime fighters. Oftentimes, in some organisations, only the commander or the manager gets the praise.
We also need to look into bringing the army on the frontline. They are based in several parishes; and they must mobilise accordingly. We may even have to consider a six-month power of arrest to be given to military.
The nation also needs to have tighter controls around our sea coast.
- Steve Lyston is a biblical economics consultant and author of several books, including 'End Time Finance' and 'The New Millionaire'.