Bolt, Elaine and Omar in #Rio2016: Murder in Jamaica 

​GN: #GoldRush in #Rio2016: Murder most foul at home.

Elaine Thompson just, ‘ mash up de ting’,  and won the W200 final at #Rio2016. So once again we are celebrating #GoldRush in Jamaica. But then again something is not right, as:

Another tourist murdered in Negril.  😦

A Tweet I just read.
Which is the reason why I began writing this message from this morning!

This is how it started: 
I suspect that a virus called ‘ Boltmania’ has infected the mind of the person who wrote the Gleaner Editorial yesterday. If you have not read it have a look:
http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/commentary/20160816/editorial-bolt-among-gods-athletics
‘….we imbue them with transcendence’…… Seriously! 
‘ Bolt’s throne is secure in the place where the gods of athletics reside ‘
Seriously! Where is that?  For me that kind of language evokes memories of the Greek civilization, which like the Roman civilization, eventually perished. For these were a people steeped in pagan  mythology, and Zeus and other gods reigned supreme in their culture. I really thought given our Christian heritage we had moved on. But clearly not! 
But why am I disturbed if people in their excitement and joy, inspired by the grand performances of our athletes in #Rio2016 wish to celebrate and outdo each other in ‘ a rush of superlatives’?

Two reasons! 
One a Tweet – which triggered a ‘ conversation from my Twitter friend, (after the brilliant Gold Medal performances by Omar McLeod in the Men’s 110M Hurdles) an Atheist who I’ve never met face to face, but we ‘talk’  a lot. And she is even sometimes gracious enough to retweet my religious messages, although she claims she has no clue what Redemption is all about.
Tweets
“Meanwhile 3 killed in broad daylight on Lincoln Road… What a sudden drop in the mood…
@Petchary I was just saying the same thing…..Makes me afraid to watch the news after these brilliant performances.
@Eqlektik  I wish I hadn’t.  I came down with a bump!  😦 ”
Sadly,  the reality is that while we are labeling Bolt as being ‘ transcendent’, a term which,  at least in my mind, I reserve for the Supernatural, not just the extraordinary, Satan is still very active in our land.
And while some,  if not most,  would wish that we place all our focus on the  really scintillating and heart warming ‘ lick pot cover’, performances of Bolt, Elaine, Shelly Omar and others, with more to come,  we cannot ignore the other  reality.
 That for far too long we have become an extremely violent and undisciplined society. A land where life is cheap! And where Shakespeare’s ‘ widows howl ‘ in the mornings far too often;  on our roads on account of crashes,  and in our communities because of the  sheer wickedness of murderous and ‘dog hearted’ gunmen.
Which brings me to the second reason. The Word of God!  And perhaps I’m taking liberty with the text, but because of how my thoughts developed, I doubt it.
Read for yourself the Gospel Reading appointed for the worldwide Anglican Church this Sunday. And which reading contributed to the decision to write.
http://bible.com/111/luk.13.10-17.niv On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.”  Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God.   Indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, the synagogue leader said to the people, “There are six days for work. So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath.”   The Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Doesn’t each of you on the Sabbath untie your ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to give it water?  Then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years, be set free on the Sabbath day from what bound her?”    When he said this, all his opponents were humiliated, but the people were delighted with all the wonderful things he was doing.
So, can we be accused of ‘ raining on Bolt’s parade ‘, or being ‘ partypoopers ‘ or worse,  losing focus, if we point out that while #Jaminate is ‘ happening ‘…..if haven’t met the term you need to open a Twitter account and ‘ get with it’….so too is Satan ‘ keeping our people in bondage to the wickedness and chains of murder’.
Are we therefore going to claim that it is  ” Sabbath”, a special time to focus on Bolt and other athletic gods, and leave the ‘ healing of our nation until #Jaminate  finishes on the weekend. Until the Closing Ceremony of the Olympics?
How long before we decide as a nation that this madness cannot continue anymore. And ‘ draw a line in the sand’, coming together as one, as we are doing now on Twitter and Facebook, determined to root out this scourge of Crime and Violence in our land.
What special things, what ‘ Sabbath ‘ will we have to put aside in pursuit of Justice and Righteousness in our country!  Is it the violent and plain ‘out of order’, if  not demonic type dancehall and Soca lyrics,  which have infected the minds of our young and old, in the inner cities and uptown areas. Thus contributing to the slackness and violence which has become so pervasive in our society!
Is it the push for the ‘ almighty dollar ‘ and super profits, ‘ untouchables’ in the mind of the capitalist economy, which has contributed to the widening gulf between the rich and the poor in Jamaica?  And which gap has contributed to the cries of injustice in our land and fueled social discontent and crime.
Is the Police Force, reputedly populated with many corrupt cops, whose links with organized crime is the ‘ talk of the town, despite the presence of many brave and dedicated men and women, too powerful, too much of a ‘ special institution, to be completely reorganized as some have proposed?

Even though these corrupt cops, in the minds of many Jamaicans are part of the reason why Satan has been able to keep a nation in chains for so long!
Is the political system and those who hold power in garrison constituencies where gunmen live a protected and charmed life, too ‘ hot to handle’? Have we ‘ worshiped ‘ our politicians and our parties for far too long, despite the reality of the ungodly nexus between Dons and politics! Whether now or in the past. And whether or not such associations are ‘ active ‘ or ‘ used to be’…..#TalktheTruth.
And where ‘ have all the fathers gone’? When will they begin to ‘ sacrifice egoes, sacrifice sexual desires, and ambitions,’ in order that Satan may not take hold of their fatherless and therefore unprotected offspring. Many left to be drawn into a life of crime by the local Dons. Many end up on death row.
But the biggest problem by far, is the Church; as unredeemed people can hardly be expected to successfully fight against the wiles and power of the evil one – Satan.
Therefore when will the Church decide to put aside what they may consider ‘ sacred ‘, their equivalent of the Old Testament Sabbath, and lead the charge to rid Jamaica of the terrible scourge of Crime and Violence. To the Glory and honor of God.
Are we too focused on Church growth and paying little attention to rampant injustice in the society? Is the important Bible study session unrelated to the suffering of ‘ the least of these my children ?
Is the agenda for the annual Conventions and Synods, very important decision making institutions,  too parochial and too inward looking? 
Are the public prayers of the Church more focused on denominational and local church issues,  rather than, or in addition to,  the cries from Franz Fanon’s ‘ Wretched of the Earth’, in Aleppo ( Syria)  and in Denham Town in Kingston Jamaica?
Finally when will the Redeemed people of God, learn from the teachings of Holy Scriptures which inspired a hymn to which I was led this morning:
Guide me, O thou great Redeemer,

pilgrim through this barren land;

I am weak but thou art mighty;

hold me with thy powerful hand:

bread of heaven,

feed me now and evermore.

For the Gospel Truth is that we cannot manage by ourselves to free our people from Satan’s grip on them; leading to dead locals and dead tourists. As we are weak!

But God is mighty and awesome and very present with us in times of trouble.
The writer for the editorial in the Gleaner,  should listen more keenly to the actions and words of our athletes in Rio. As almost all have expressed their faith in the Almighty God. Especially #RealShellyAnn. Therefore we ought  not to try to elevate them to the level of gods. For in their minds they are blessed and not exceptional – leave that claim to the Americans.

They are special but not transcendent.
We should learn from them as we celebrate #GoldRush in #Rio2016;  and as we mourn the death of innocence and kindness and graciousness and love for neighbor in far too many areas of national life.
For like Usain Bolt who looks to heavens before each race, so too should we :
Lift up my eyes to ” The maker of heaven and earth from Whom all our help cometh”.
And then who knows, maybe the Lord will have mercy on our Crime infested land and grant us peace. Because we trust in Him and not our weak and helpless people.
Peace 

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