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We must all repent from our corruption

Published:Friday | October 10, 2014 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: The headline of The Gleaner dated October 9, 2014 ('Highly corrupt') is indeed a condemnation of every Jamaican - everyone who responded to the survey; every business person, including myself; every churchgoer and pastor; every teacher and student. This survey speaks about us as Jamaicans.

Years ago, a prophet, a man of God, prayed this about his people who were in Jerusalem with the walls broken down and the city in shambles: "I now pray before You, day and night, for the people of Israel. Your servant confesses the sins of the people of Israel, which we have sinned against you. EVEN I AND MY FATHER'S HOUSE HAVE SINNED. WE HAVE ACTED CORRUPTLY."

How amazing that Nehemiah should include himself and his father's household in the corruption of his people!

I personally feel ashamed and take part in the condemnation of this survey. Jamaica is my country and I feel proud when any of us excel internationally. In the same way, I am now ashamed when we are disgraced.

Whether it is the police, the elected member of parliament, or a government employee, their acts of corruption are with us, whether rich or poor, educated or not, seemingly straight or seemingly crooked.

What is our hope?

First, I do support the efforts to implement the National Security Policy and the Integrity Commission. But people do not take medicine unless they realise they are sick. I am trying to address every well-thinking Jamaican who is not a member of the police force, MP or government employee. We are responsible for this damaging survey. When we, well-thinking Jamaicans, realise this, then maybe we will be willing to take the medicine of change.

I do think the Church should commit to go before the Lord in special prayer every Sunday morning and pray that corruption should be removed first from the members of their congregation; second, for the people of our land; and third, from our police, MPs and government employees.