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True emancipation needed

Published:Thursday | June 23, 2016 | 6:02 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

We are fast approaching what is designated 'Eman-

cipation Day'. But are we really emancipated?

There are six men designated national heroes, namely, Norman Washington Manley, Alexander Bustamante, Paul Bogle, George William Gordon, Marcus Garvey, and Sam Sharpe. There is one woman designated national heroine, in the person of Nanny of the Maroons.

These persons above all gained prominence through armed conflicts, political uprising, civil disobedience, etc. But have we experienced the deliverance and the freedom which should have been manifested through their valiant efforts? No, we have not.

 

SPIRITUAL FREEDOM

 

The reason why we have not experienced any real freedom is that the nation needs to know that freedom and deliverance have to be through spiritual channels. These channels must be repentance, transformed lifestyles, and heartfelt conversion.

The heroes' and heroine's objectives were laudable, but their methods were flawed, because they sought legally coerced compliance. What is really needed is willingly obedient hearts, through spiritual transformation.

I am of the opinion that the print media should complement the air media by playing a greater role, if they designate even half of one page of their daily publication to spiritual matters. They could do this by inviting letters from spiritual-minded writers and church denominations, even if they have to pay a nominal fee. Their spiritual director could also publish spiritual quotes daily.

The island, though having so many churches, is way behind spiritually; and immorality and crime have taken over the land, putting true freedom and deliverance almost out of reach.

Dudley Brown