Jamaica Gleaner / As a nation, we continue to grapple with crime. Year after year the murder rate climbs and seems to be outside of our control.
After the authorities have analysed the contributing factors and implemented their best strategies to fight crime, Jamaica still has not managed to defuse the power of the monster of murder plaguing our country. Frustration, fear, and panic have become our silent partners as the horror stories unfold daily in the news.
In addition to our rising murder rate and crime problem, the depreciation of our dollar over the years, the hiking gas prices, and our general inflated cost of living have caused many Jamaicans to conclude that we simply cannot manage on our own. Yet, we muster all the strength within us, face our fears daily, and pledge not to give up despite all the impossibilities and frustrations that we face. As a people we fight, we work, we wait, we hope, we trust that one day, maybe today, the miracle that we pray for will unfold.
“But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, with men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26). We have indeed reached our limit and have exhausted all ideas. It is full time we allow the God of the impossible to take over the reins of every area of our nation, because it is only with His power that we will be able to destroy the problems that we face.
Salvation begins in God’s House
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (II Chronicles 7:14)
The impossibilities that our nation faces are the natural manifestations of a great spiritual problem. As a people, we have turned away from the true and living God – our Eternal Father, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – to other gods.We have openly welcomed and accepted the practices of witchcraft and obeah, all sorts of idolatry, different arms of blatant satanic worship, secret societies, and strange gods from other nations.
Our nation has backslidden and we have removed ourselves from the foundation laid for us by our founding fathers, penned in our national anthem and pledge. The pervasive nature of our backsliding has seen idolaters and workers of iniquities seated comfortably in churches across this land, allowing spiritual contamination and creating a highway access to demons and devils to influence the general direction of our nation. Urgent repentance in God’s house is necessary. A putting away of idols, a renouncing of every work of Satan and all satanic exercises, involvements, and activities need to be done from the pulpit to the pews of our churches. The people that are called by the name of the Lord must be free from idolatry.
A Holy Church is the solution
The emphasis on the disunity of churches is secondary to God’s requirement for holiness. Holiness brings unity. Unity does not exist with idolatry. When we have cleansed ourselves, and have cleansed our churches by asking God to forgive us of all sins and by putting away and renouncing all idols and satanic associations, regardless of how minor we consider them to be, then we will realise that the free access that demons have been given to create wantonness, murders, and mayhem in this land has been denied.
We will see, after the repentance of the church in this country, an immediate turnaround in the direction of our nation. The reduction of crime and the destruction of the monster of murder will be notable. If God is God, then serve Him. We ought to be resolute in our hearts to reject idolatry, and, like Joshua, declare and be resolute in our churches that “as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”. Let us stand resolute against compromise, let us not fall short of God’s righteous standard, let us play our part in the salvation of our nation.
– Dwayne Wedderburn is an Apostle at World Harvest Mission Church. Please send feedback to https://fb.me/worldharvestmissionchurch