Seven dead in One Day: Lord have Mercy 

​GN: 7 Murders in 1 Day, and Rescue from Death in 3 Hours 
Correction: #7 persons murdered… 1 person… was killed on Deanery Road in Kgn… not two as earlier reported.

This tweet above,  from a journalist,  says it all; why my soul was so troubled this week. Seven persons murdered in my country in one day. And it could have been eight!  The even more troubling thing is that such cumulative acts of  egregious wickedness on one day,  did not draw that much attention. Not in mainstream media. Not on Social Media. And not a whole lot from the authorities either!

I suspect, but may be wrong, that a worthwhile debate on #unkemptJa,  triggered by the exclusion of a three year old boy child from a preparatory school on account of his ‘ hairstyle’, brought out more passion and comment than #7Murdersin1day.
So as I pondered on this continued madness, the following  song became my partner:
O Jesus, I have promised 

to serve thee to the end:

be thou ever near me, 

my Master and my friend;

I shall not fear the battle

if thou art by my side,

nor wander from the pathway

if thou wilt be my guide……verse one.
For it is very clear that we are in a battle for the soul of this nation.
Then a verse which is the text for a sermon I am preparing to preach at my church this Sunday,  offered a perspective on the ” pathway” our Lord expects to trod in this #RescueMission.
” There will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents, than over the righteous who need no repentance”. Luke 15:1-10.

Then came the challenging Word!
” How beautiful are the feet that bring good news”. Romans 10.
So now we have the answer! For it is not the talk show hosts who Jesus expects to be ‘ in the battle ‘ to rescue or nation. Nor the PSOJ – the private sector leaders. Not the human rights body, Jamaicans for Justice. Nor any NGO, however powerful and well intentioned. And not even our Political Leaders, even though they have a clearly defined, and thus accountable to God, role to play. But rather ‘ the beautiful feet who carry the good news’ of Salvation.

 

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is that,  ‘ if you confess with your lips that Jesus Christ is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you shall be saved.’
And truly Saved, people who have repented and Baptized will not kill and rape and main and do all kinds of evil.

The kind of evil which has caused so much heartache for us who live here, and for those who love this place dearly, but live abroad.
This then is the high calling of the Church, the body of Christ. A called out people who have ‘ promised to follow Jesus, our Master and our friend, to the very end’.
So we have no business being distraught and hopeless about #7Murdersin1day. But rather to be constant in prayer for Jesus to be with us in the  battle for the soul of our blessed country.
Finally a word about prayer. From a book entitled:

Prayer: Experiencing Awe an Intimacy with God.

Extract:
” There are three basic kinds of prayer to God….” upward” prayer – praise and thanksgiving that focuses on God himself…..prayer of awe.

…..” inward ” prayer – self examination and confession that brings a deeper sense of sin and, in return, a higher experience of grace and assurance of love…..prayer of intimacy. 

…” outward ” prayer – supplication and Intercession that focuses on our needs and the needs of others in the world.
The Alpha Prayer
In Jesus’ instruction on prayer, the Lord’s prayer, praise comes first….Praise motivates the other kinds of prayer. The more we attend to God’s perfect holiness and justice, the more readily we see our own flaws and confess them.
Seeing God’s greatness also leads to supplication. The more we sense his Majesty and the more we realize our dependence on him, the more readily we go to him for every need.”
But before prayer our souls have to be disturbed. The question then is, ‘ how troubled are we about the state of our nation’.
Further, which Jesus have we pledged to follow to the end! The one who ‘ eats with sinners….the gunmen in West Kingston, the ‘ ladies of the night on back road ‘, the ‘ scammers in Montego Bay’, those who ‘ defend Gaza and Gully’ …..or the one who only enters the Church on a Sunday or Sabbath to talk to the ‘ righteous who need no repentance’ 
Maybe the third verse will help:

O let me hear thee speaking 

in accents clear and still,

above the storms of passion, 

the murmurs of self-will;

O speak to reassure me, 

to hasten or control;

O speak, and make me listen, 

thou guardian of my soul.
Pray God that above the storms of passion for Serena Williams, the fate of the #ReggaeBoyz,  our political party or leader #CampaignFinancing or even #unkemptJa, our denomination,  we may pledge Allegiance to the Lamb of God who died to #RescueAllMankind. From sin and death unto everlasting life! #Gospel

And from the madness of #7Murdersin1Day 

Peace

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