My experiences this week were a mixed bag. Taxi drivers, the most indisciplined, outrageously reckless and impatient people on God’s good earth, went on strike in my country this week.
Why? #fakenews and a move by the government to put some amount of discipline into the transportation sector, and introduce new technology. All in an effort to stem the rising carnage on roads where to date, 324 persons have died. Gone too soon, according to the famous song by the late Michael Jackson.
And in the midst of the heated national debate, came the ‘ bite of the week’. ” Ah Taximan run Jamaica”. Ostensibly because of their role in moving people, lots of people, from point A to point B. Everyday! Which brings to mind a popular Janaican saying, aphorism even:
” Duppy know who fi frighten”. In this instance the target was the Jamaica Government and certain ‘offending ‘ provisions under the new Road Traffic Act.
And so I was moved to post this message on Facebook.
Two passages of Scripture instructed me, following last night’s ‘ revelation’ on #TVJ that ‘ taximan run Jamaica’. Yes they have some legitimate issues. A place to let off and pick up passengers where they will not be ticketed by the police for example, is true in some cases.
But their sense of power, slaked by the wine of the lawlessness of some, and the facility with which some of them constantly provoke law abiding road users to wrath by their indiscipline, and get away with it, has gone to their heads.
So too some policemen and women who believe that they too run this country and are above the law. Add to that list some politicians, some professionals, some business men, some journalists and some Intellectuals, and other would be tyrants, including organized crime, and put them in a pot and boil them, and we get a poisonous brew or stew of hubris, arrogance and unfettered evil which has become a pervasive and destructive force in this country. Almost unstoppable. Except for God:
” See now that I myself am He!
There is no god beside me.
I put to death and I bring to life.
I have wounded and I will heal,
and no one can deliver out of my hand”
Deuteronomy 32: 38
” When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and now I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.” Revelation 1:17&18. An extension of the one of the Scripture readings for the worldwide Anglican church this Sunday – Christ the King.
Then as the change in climate, thank God the nights are a bit cooler, ” it beginning to look like Christmas”. The most wonderful time of the year. Better than Thanksgiving in the USA. To Whom do they give thanks? How? And for what?
Better than #BlackFriday when hordes of shoppers flock the stores to cash in on tremendous savings.
And so I shared the post of good and faithful man of God, Rev. Rawley Tyson. Which would definite deserve a repeat of another popular Janaican expression. ” Nuh say nutten”. No need for much comment.
No doubt then, that the Lord was working His purpose out when He inspired this post on Facebook. For our commercial and feel good, and ” every thing going to be alright”, Bob Marley kind of understanding of Christmas may be quite different from the message from the songwriter, and of God.
” Hush ye men of strife and hear the Angels sing ” ( about Peace on Earth to be wrought by the Blood of the Lamb who came on earth as a baby). Ye men of indiscipline and who rebel against the Word of God!
Not 4:00 am but 4:30. Nothing dramatic. Just a quiet urging. To get up and read. Randomly. Joel 2.
” Blow the trumpet in Zion, sound the alarm on my holy mountain. Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming, it is near – a day of darkness and gloom…. .
Before them people are in anguish all faces grow pale…..
Yet even now, says the Lord, return to me with all your heart, with fasting with weeping, and with mourning; rend your hearts and not your clothing.
Return to the Lord, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and relents from punishing. Who knows if he will turn and relent, and leave a blessing behind him……
Then John the Baptist came to mind, and by now the gentle rain which attended my awakening had ceased. So I turned to John and then to Luke 3:
…….the word of God came to John, son of Zechariah……He went into all the region around the Jordan preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins as is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah.
Then I recalled the message from 2 Peter 1:20-2, my bedtime reading:
First of all to must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by human will, but men and women moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.
Then Luke continued:
” The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight…….
John says to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, ‘You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruits worthy of repentance……
And the crowds asked him, ‘ what shall we do’?
Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none, and whoever has food must do likewise….. ( sounds almost like Socialism, but….)
Collect no more prescribed for you – Tax collectors.
Do not extort money from anyone by threats and or false accusations – Soldiers ( and police….what a thing if they would repent).
John has the final word. John 1.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood, or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man but of God.
Comment: Lots to say. But not allowed. Too much ” right hand in the shot” is not good cricket form.
Deja Vu! The more things change, except we be in Christ, and become a ” new Creation “, the more they remain the same. Why! Listen to the music: ” It’s beginning again to look a lot like Christmas “; Jesus coming to his own, but yet his own receive him not.
So where are they turning to. And to whom.are they looking for a savior? Perhaps at Confernce tomorrow….figuratively! JLP and PNP.
Perhaps to Cashpot everyday. Even to ‘let the music blow your mind’. Literally! Kartel. Tommy Lee. Buju. The Home of the brave and land of the free….who knows! Perhaps even our own ‘ reasoning ‘, and unaware of the caution of one of the most brilliant minds in history, Blaise Pascal…..” The last function of reason is to recognize that there are an infinity of things which surpass it”…..he who at the age of 12 had worked out the equivalent of many of Euclid’s geometrical theorems.
O Jesus, Son of the Living God, have mercy on us.
Minutes to 6. Time to get ready for church.
Finally, not tomorrow, but today, I am going to a wedding. With my wife! I just love weddings. And the song from My Fair Lady: ” I’m getting married in the morning, ding ding dong the bells are gonna chime….” O how I wish I could sing.
I spend a lot of my time at work encouraging people to get married.
But more importantly, to commit to the Jesus who I love with all my heart. And get Baptised! Why?
Read carefully the words of a hymn which came into my mind in the wee hours of the morning this week. A hymn we sing often during or before Holy Communion. But a teaching hymn, and a hymn for the ages.
A message of Hope for the sins of taxi taxidrivers and all who cause mayhem on our roads and in our lives. A message for each and every one of us. ” For all have sinned….not just taximen or Chucky Brown or Donald Trump….and fallen short of the glory of God”. And ” the wages of son is death, but the gift of God is Eternal Life in Christ Jesus “.
That’s why Jesus came. At Christmas. To die! On Calvary. #GoodNews And to invite us to a Wedding Banquet. And if you don’t have on proper wedding clothes, not just the high heel boot and nails, but covered by the Blood of the Lamb, you can get in. Not even if you win Lotto and can buy a house in Beverley Hills in Los Angeles! Or even if you ” run tings” in Jamaica and big and bang bout yah.
And now, O Father, mindful of the love
that bought us, once for all, on Calvary’s tree,
and having with us him that pleads above,
we here present, we here spread forth to thee
that only offering perfect in thine eyes,
the one true, pure, immortal sacrifice.
The second verse is the one which entered my soul.
Look, Father, look on his anointed face,
and only look on us as found in him;
look not on our misusings of thy grace,
our prayers so languid, and our faith so dim;
for lo! Between our sins and their reward
we set the passion of our Lord.
Verse three is a prayer for those we love. At home. And at weddings.
And then for those, our dearest and our best,
by this prevailing presence we appeal;
O fold them closer to thy mercy’s breast,
O do thine utmost for their soul’s true weal;
from tainting mischief keep them white and clear,
and crown thy gifts with strength to persevere.
And so we come; O draw us to thy feet,
most patient Saviour, who canst love us still;
and by this food, so awful and so sweet,
deliver us from every touch of ill:
in thine own service make us glad and free,
and grant us never more to part with thee.
Peace. And please pray for all of us who will be journeying across the island, and all who use our roads. And all who need to know about the love of God in Christ Jesus.