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Is Church now preaching disorder?

Published:Tuesday | January 15, 2013 | 12:00 AM


When I read the comments of the Brethren Church representatives advocating for permitting preachers on buses, I began to wonder whether my vision of an orderly Jamaica, where we respect each other's personal space, is a minority vision. In order to live harmoniously, we as human beings need to feel a modicum of personal space around us, just to be able to feel some measure of control in an unpredictable world.

I cannot understand men of the cloth advocating for those who invade the personal space of bus passengers, noisily forcing the captive audience of passengers to listen to them when passengers may well wish to utilise their journey for quiet reflection, planning mundane activities or even for silent prayer.

Life in Jamaica already means unconditional surrender to invasion of our personal space by noisy car stereos, by sound systems going until all hours of the morning, by noxious fumes of burning garbage, and depending on where you live, nightly gunshots.

In a society where order and quiet spaces are in short supply, I am disappointed that men of the cloth are promoting the disorder of having people preaching on the buses, infringing on passengers' right to enjoy their journey in peace and quiet.

What is godly about disorder?


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