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Don't put Band-Aids over soring indignity

Published:Tuesday | March 6, 2018 | 12:06 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I read Devon Dick's column of Saturday, March 3, 2018, titled 'Baptists restoring dignity to Jamaica', which seemed to be addressing the wrong issue.

I thought Rev Dick was quite just in affirming the divinity of whores or gunmen such as Nikolas Cruz, but he does nothing to address the really important problem. Rev Dick would be quite aware of how Jesus handled the woman caught in adultery. "He who is without sin cast the first stone," Jesus said. That would be securing her dignity, but such dignity cannot be based on nothing. Therefore, "Go your way and sin no more." (John 8:7)

So even though it may be a human thing to come to the aid of those who have seriously transgressed, it is a shallow and empty effort if the goal is to put some comforting Band-Aid of dignity over a sore that is still festering. "Return your sword to its place, for those who live by the sword will perish by the sword." (Matthew 26:52).

Is not a friendly admonition to someone like Nikolas Cruz but a lesson, a relearning, that in order for dignity to mean anything, it must be born from the roots of discipline, sacrifice and a character?

HOMER SYLVESTER

h2sylvester@gmail.com