KINGSTON, Jamaica, Friday January 22, 2016 – President of the West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists, Pastor Glen Samuels, has called for the collaboration of the government and the church, along with leadership in all sectors of the country, to create a national campaign against violence and corruption.
The pastor called on political, civic, corporate, religious and community leaders to develop a national programme aimed at mending “the broken parts of our social order”, by mentoring and motivating the youth of the nation.
“Righteousness that exalts a nation demands that we stand together on the issue of crime and violence…which has destroyed the creative and productive potential (of the country),” Pastor Samuels said yesterday as he addressed the 36th annual National Leadership Prayer Breakfast
He emphasized that all citizens must take responsibility for nation-building, and urged political leaders to unite for peace.
“Could we have in Jamaica, anti-violence rallies, where members of all political sides can stand on the same platform, speak with the same voice saying ‘enough of violence, enough of corruption’?” he questioned.
The pastor said the Christian church in Jamaica, through its education, health and social services, has the capacity to positively impact the lives of citizens, and he urged the leadership of the church to seek creative ways to utilize that for transformation.