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Uniting for life

Published:Friday | February 15, 2019 | 12:00 AM

 

Here we are working on the abortion issues: Church of God, Assembly of God, Pentecostals, Baptists and Methodists. Jesus Christ is certainly the uniting point of all Christians. Moreover, there are Muslims, Buddhists and Catholics.

It has been an extraordinary experience of ecumenical activity. There is the experience “that they be one, even as you and I are one”, the dream that Samuel Carter, SJ, had as the first Roman Catholic Bishop of Jamaica.

We also have the brethren working for the homeless and destitute who live with Missionaries of the Poor; Seventh-day Adventists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Anglicans, Mormons. Life! That’s it! We all gather around the principle of life! Life, not death; hunger, starvation, destitution, sickness, homelessness, that’s what our humanity reaches out for, no matter what denomination, no matter what religion. Truly, the law of God is written in the heart of man.

Repulsive by nature

Likewise, the matter of abortion, the killing of the unborn: it is repulsive by nature. No one with a heart can truly say yes to the killing of the unborn, no matter how weak the child is, even if the mother is in danger. We sacrifice our lives for others – the mother for the child, even if the child is conceived in wicked circumstances. After all, the child is not to be blamed when it is conceived; or, its imperfect state is not of its fault.

Life is precious. The mother is precious, the child is precious. Save both! We cannot have the intention of killing one for the purpose of saving the other.

Then there is the music! The celebration of life, the joy, the laughter, the praise, the thanksgiving offered to the God of life, and the true man and true God Jesus Christ, the greatest and most wonderful person – the divine Son of God who gives us eternal life. Now, I fear that there is a movement to eliminate God from our thoughts and actions, and our very life.

The world, the powerful nations, the rich want to pursue the god of death, the material world, so that there can be more for me, mine, myself. It is idolatry; a subtle form of self-worship. No more worship in schools; soon there will be no more churches.

But it cannot be! It will not be! We all know and from the depths of ourselves – seek God, the one true God!

This year, we have concerts with Rev Devon Dick at Baptist Boulevard; Rev Michael Carter at Celebration Church; and we plan also to have another at Al Miller’s Fellowship Tabernacle, the Gospel Assembly brethren at South Miami.

On matters of life, with God’s music we will celebrate with great joy the gospel of life.