Don't lose hope in Jamaica
THE EDITOR, Sir:
In The Gleaner of Wednesday, June 17, I read a very disturbing article titled 'Hell, here we come'. Whereas the writer, George Davis, was most likely correct in his analysis of the social realities of the Jamaican context with respect to parenting and family life, I believe his conclusion was far from accurate and acceptable.
He concluded the following: "The evidence of the damage done to the influence of family life in this country has convinced me that the rotting of Jamaica's social fabric is too advanced to be reversed. Hell, here we come!"
First, there is always hope in hopeless situations. No social situation is ever irreversible and nobody is ever beyond redemption. It is incredible that a journalist like Mr Davis would pronounce doom and gloom over Jamaica despite the fact that there is evidence that many countries throughout history that were in similar situations have pulled themselves from the brink of social destruction.
Second, as a Christian pastor, I cannot give in to this resignation to a fate of disaster, because I believe that we have the inner divine capacity to overcome even the most daunting of challenges, be they social, economic, spiritual or of whatever kind. There is nothing that is beyond our ability to deal with effectively if we put our minds and hearts to it based on transformational and visionary leadership, which Jamaica needs desperately at this time.
Third, although many of us in the Christian community preach about 'hell' (not too often these days), no one should declare that we are all going there, whether literally or figuratively, because such declarations in the social realm tend to reflect lack of insight into history and sociology.
I would expect the influencers in our country to make more positive pronouncements about the direction in which we should go rather than the negative declarations of where they perceive we are going, perhaps to make their opinion pieces edge closer to the sensational for readership purposes.
The fact is Jamaica has some long-standing and deeply ingrained socio-economic challenges that seem insurmountable. However, the indomitable Jamaican spirit, embodied by our national heroes, should propel us forward to somewhere closer to heaven on earth rather than hell.
EARLMONT WILLIAMS (Rev)
Pastor, Georges Valley NTCG
Academic Dean, Bethel Bible College