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Ho Lung, others have lost their savour

Published:Tuesday | February 3, 2015 | 12:00 AM

It is widely believed and accepted that God is infinite knowledge, understanding and wisdom. It should therefore follow that those who profess a rarefied closeness to Him should exhibit a greater level of understanding and wisdom than those not so privileged.

Unfortunately, however, this is not the case in most instances. Case in point was Richard Ho Lung's article in The Gleaner of Friday, January 30, 2015, titled 'Lisa Hanna: disappointment of the year 2014'.

In the first three paragraphs of his letter, Mr Ho Lung paints a very parlous picture: unprecedented suffering, poverty, anger and desperation. He then goes on to flay the Government, the International Monetary Fund and the press for deceit.

No one would fault him for such observations, but to declare Ms Hanna's appearance in a swimsuit at the beach as "the most disgusting of acts" is outrageous. My only explanation of such a holy contempt of the lady is that he must have thought she was in Parliament.


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He later asks, pontificatingly, whether we would want our children to do what Ms Hanna has done. Yes, I would certainly expect my children to dress appropriately for the beach as Ms Hanna has done.

However, what I find most egregious about Mr Ho Lung's harangue of the goodly lady is that he has totally ignored his Master's teaching not to judge, Matthew 7:1, by imputing motive to the lady going to the beach and having a good time.

By what means did he arrive at the conclusion that this was an 'obvious cry to the public through the media to call attention to herself'?

How much does Mr Ho Lung know of Ms Hanna outside of her ministerial portfolio for him to asseverate that she is 'worldly, secular and empty of any values but the self'? Really, Mr Ho Lung!

He then arrogates the divine right of a moral teacher. Based on this claim, Mr Ho Lung, and others like him, should shoulder the blame for the decadence into which we have fallen, as he has self-righteously pointed out. After all, the Bible says in Matthew 5:13, "Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, where with shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men."

The criticism of decadence, therefore, Mr Ho Lung, is not ours, but yours. You, and other religious leaders, have lost your savour.


Red Hills, St Andrew