Pastors must put Bible into action
THE EDITOR, Sir:I extend congratulations to Pastor Bruce Fletcher and to The Gleaner for the Letter of the Day in the Friday, December 7, 2012 edition captioned 'Jamaica's prodigal crossroads'. The advice Rev Fletcher gave is right from our Homo sapiens design blueprint and mandate for life: the Bible!
But my question to Pastor Fletcher is: How do we move from talk to walk, from reflection to action from Bible policy to human praxis?
I have had conversations with a wide spectrum of men of God on this issue. From soft-spoken church elders like David Cook of Christian Life Fellowship, to diplomatic church council leaders like Gary Harriott of the Jamaica Council of Churches, to outspoken senior pastors like Al Miller of Fellowship Tabernacle.
PLATFORM FOR REPENTANCE
All pastors across the religious spectrum seem to agree that we must have a platform or period of admission, repentance and forgiveness to transform indiscretions of our past to inspirations for our future!
Yet few pastors seem willing to move beyond rhetoric to action! Many seem more focused on personal agendas, petty jealousies and one-upmanship in their church or leadership circles.
Few Christian leaders seem to understand that our most important leadership prerogative, recorded in Matthew 28:19, is working together to disciple and teach a nation how to transform destructive and unproductive relationships to productive, nation-building commitments for national prosperity!
What's our next move? For instead of becoming the Vision 2030 place to live, work, raise families and do business, the 'experience' of Rwanda, Eritrea and The Balkans awaits us as a nation if we don't move from the talk to walk, from reflection to action.