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No justice for poor

Published:Monday | October 31, 2016 | 12:00 AM


Jamaica has more churches per square mile than any other country on earth. But Jamaicans will be the first to agree that our judiciary fails to reflect a biblical perspective. Notwithstanding a mandate from God, justice for the poor has always been noticeably absent.

Social media abounds with Jamaicans lamenting the lack of justice for Khajeel Mais, the Kingston College student allegedly killed by the driver of an X6 motor vehicle in 2011. Yes, the cab driver admitted that he was speeding. Yet he also states that there was heavy fog and he could not see. Both make him criminally negligible and responsible for initiating the incident that took Khajeel's life. The shooter is, without a doubt, guilty of shedding innocent blood.

Ecclesiastes 8:11 (NIV) warns: "When the sentence for a crime is not quickly carried out, people's hearts are filled with schemes to do wrong."

The nation shares collective blood guilt and the Lord does not forgive unrepentant murder.

Isaiah 26:15 (NIV) promises punishment for bloodshed: "See, the Lord is coming out of his dwelling to punish the people of the earth for their sins. The earth will disclose the blood shed on it; the earth will conceal its slain no longer."

The nation will eventually be punished for this sin. Indeed, no one can dispute that nations with high crime rates are cursed with non-productivity and poverty. We must dispense justice in order to develop and grow.