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We know the murderers. Act!

Published:Monday | May 9, 2016 | 5:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

The Church is often criticised for not doing enough and for not speaking out enough on issues of national importance. But more often than not, the Church goes about doing the good works of the kingdom without fanfare, media coverage, and without seeking glory for themselves.

Such was the apparent story of Harold Nichols and Randy Hentzel, the American missionaries killed two weekends ago in the Albion Mountain area of St Mary. Similar is the case of Corporal Judith Williams, giving service to her country, and was gunned down in the streets.

Our deepest condolences go out to all the families affected. Their deaths were shocking, not only because of the brutality, but also because of what the killings say to us about ourselves as a nation. We have tolerated much because we have consoled ourselves with the thought that though some things and places have gone horribly wrong, we are a fundamentally decent, God-fearing nation where certain lines would not be crossed.

The murders of Nichols and Hentzel, who worked assiduously in the community for some 14 years giving medical assistance, building houses and teaching the Word of God, have placed a spotlight on our brokenness as a nation.

We must no longer tolerate the abuse of our children, the murder of our people, the erosion of our values, and the destruction of our national soul. The solution is not beyond us, but certainly it does not lie in what we have been doing.

Outcomes are determined by inputs. If we are honest with ourselves, we know the culprits among us. We birthed them, we went to school with them, we educated them, we work alongside them, but we remain silent. Do we have the courage to act?

AL MILLER

Pastor,

Fellowship Tabernacle

merrickalmiller@yahoo.com