Reverend Anthony Chung admonishes Christians to be a light in dark times
Many have no solution to the societal ills we currently being face, but Reverend Chung is encouraging his fellow men to spread a spirit of kindness and show due consideration to others.
Delivering a potent sermon during the national service of Thanksgiving, marking the launch of 'Restorative Justice Week 2017', at the Ridgemount United Church on Sunday February 5, Chung established that:
"Amidst the darkness around, all of us are called to be a presence of light, presence that offers light for hope and goodness."
"It is almost impossible for those who live in Jamaica to not be aware of the numerous challenges that we are confronted by as a nation the high levels of crime and violence, youth unemployment and the dissolution," he continued.
Chung stated that as a people we are suffering from a lack of moral centre and a constant erosion of the sense of core values.
"People move from a communal sense of right and wrong; the system that was to provide light and hope has moved to crush the hopes of many, all they see is darkness."
He further mentioned that "people in unofficial positions of authority; the 'gangstas', the dons, the area leader ... the moral decay is further demonstrated by lack of compassion, total disregard for our seniors. It is the worst of times in many respects."
HUMILITY AND EMPATHY
But what can be done to remedy this growing malady?
"Identifying the problem is necessary, but not sufficient. What is required is holistic righteousness. Jesus said in scripture that 'you are the light of the earth'. Amidst the darkness, we are called by Jesus to do what we are supposed to do: we are called to be salt and to be light."
"We, as representatives of Jesus, are called to have outstanding moral character in order to be effective agents of change in the world. Salt must never lose it saltness and the light must never go out."
He expressed that's the last days call us to be even more engaged in seeking to restore the kingdom of God on earth.
"God desires that we live together in harmony, demonstrate compassion for the poor and needy. Can we then, brethren, return to civility, courtesy and common decency in our public discourses, that the person who disagrees with you is not your enemy; they are just fellow Jamaicans who have different perspectives on an issue."
"Show more humility and empathy in our daily lives. Brothers and sisters we are at a critical point in our history," he beseeched.
"We all want our churches, faith groups, our schools and our communities to be a place where restorative justice practices are engaged on a regular basis in the midst of darkness, violence, retaliation, abuse and neglect," he ended.