Apostle Steve Lyston, Contributor
There are many genuinely righteous people today walking away from the secular industries because they believe that it causes them to compromise their beliefs, and they take with them invaluable contributions to their organisations, groups and the nation. But that is not always the right choice. There is need for light, particularly in the secular world, in order to allow change to come. The absence of light is darkness. There is no such thing as a separation of church and state. There ought not to be a separation of secular and religious. God did not make secular and religious people; he made man, in His own image. It was man who chose separation!
The global failure at this point is the lack of light within strategic positions. Those that are light will operate under the government of God.
In order for us to see and experience change, God's government must be seen in all areas - media, politics and finance. It was God's government, in time of recession and famine, which rescued Pharaoh's government.
Pharaoh was a secular king, but, Joseph was operating under God's government. In politics, if the administration is operating under God's government, there will be a rebuilding of the wall within the nation. Politicians would walk in integrity and principle and would deal with excessive spending, oppression and engage in self-sacrifice for others to follow, as they lead by example. They would also champion the cause of the poor. They would help those who fell on hard times because of their economic circumstances; as well as those who are victims of human trafficking, prostitution and the sex trade.
The government of God creates an environment for investment and gives the poor an equal opportunity to function in a competitive market, remove exclusivity and criteria that only the rich can meet, and provides a fair tax policy.
The government of God does nothing - that includes making major decision, developing foreign policies or implementing tourism-based plans - without seeking God's guidance and using His Word as a guideline.
Recently, most of the Caribbean countries, including Jamaica, made a decision in violation of God's Word. It is going to negatively affect all involved at some point in the future. Jamaica, in order to boost tourism, is recommending the removal of all visa restrictions to allow other countries to come into the nation.
Given the fact that Jamaica does not have the necessary resources to protect its borders, and in addition to the moral, security and labour issues, they should have addressed the logistics issues overseas, by setting up more embassies. Opening our borders for the sake of increasing tourism, will create major problems on the nation; problems which we are not equipped to handle. Furthermore, there will be a loss of revenue. The only beneficiaries of such a situation are the various all-inclusive hotels. The poor don't benefit in any way. The country needs to fix the crime problem or screen and collect visa fees at the port of entry.
The government of God is built on the principles of God. We cannot depend on loans and other governments to help us come out of our circumstances; neither can we trust man (Jeremiah 17:5-8). We have to trust God to help us turn things around. We have always heard the Jamaican adage - 'short-cut draw blood'; embargoes too! Some of the decisions made concerning the nation will bring serious embargoes in the future.
Learn From Nehemiah
In order for lawmakers and politicians to create a new environment, we must rebuild the walls that are broken down. We have to encourage all sectors to unite; rebuilding family values and put laws in place that encourage the building of families.
There needs to be reform to national security and to the justice system.
There needs to be a strengthening of the curriculum to inculcate discipline within our children's studies while they learn the traditional subjects. They need to be taught the implications and repercussions of negative actions - including tattooing, gambling, sex before marriage and the facts about HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. They need to be made to understand that going after gifts from men and women who are not their close family members has the potential to make them victims of human trafficking and the global sex trade.
We need God's government for things to change.
Apostle Steve Lyston is a biblical economics consultant and author of several books, including 'End Time Finance' and 'The New Millionaire'.