The role of the church in society
The Editor, Sir:
The church in Jamaica has come under relentless scrutiny and assault in recent times.
I am one of those who have berated it from within.
As I thought about my critique and those of others, something dawned on me with respect to the church and society.
Many Christians embrace the conservative theology of heaven, what some might call the ideology of escapism, even while the church seeks to bring to bear in its current context the 'livity' of Jesus.
Whereas I do not seek to absolve the church from blame where Jamaica's social problems are concerned, I would like to suggest something that should also be obvious.
role of government
As I reflect on biblical theology of government, I understand that it is the role of government in any country to maintain law and order, protect its citizens, and facilitate social harmony.
What is critical though is that Pauline theology calls for the church to be actively engaged in paying taxes, giving respect and honour, and submitting to governmental authority.
I am, etc.,