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'We need to decide our priorities'

Published:Monday | February 25, 2013 | 12:00 AM
The Reverend Luke Shaw. - Norman Grindley/Chief Photographer

THERE WAS hardly any standing room inside the National Arena in St Andrew yesterday, as hundreds turned out for the Jamaica Baptist Union 163rd General Assembly.

Held under the theme 'Being God's people in God's world: Living in Peace', the Reverend Luke Shaw, president of the Jamaica Baptist Union, had the audience captivated as he charged them to launch a revolution of peace in the world and let it emanate throughout.

He urged the throng, led by Governor General Patrick Allen and Lady Allen, to practise continuous love, peace, compassion, forgiveness and kindness to their fellow man "not just on Sundays but every day of the week and to everyone you meet".

'We can do it'

Shaw said the problems of this country could only be dealt with if everyone put on the armour of integrity and pull together and strive to make it work.

"IMF (International Monetary Fund) is not the problem, we are. It is us who created the problem; IMF is just saying we need to set our priorities straight. We need to decide our priorities. We are a set of creative, innovative people, so we can do it if we decide to," said Shaw.

He called on churches to act in one accord, in one spirit to do the work of God.

"We spend so much time fighting each other that we have lost the drive, energy and passion for God's work. The Church is too divided, but we must remember that we are all doing God's work," he said.

He also beseeched the nation to realise that the Church has a role in society and that it was playing its part.