On #Davinanight this week Twitter exploded. Like this!
No man! Davina Afro wake me up likkle while! All a mi ancestors tump me one time. 😍😍😍😍😍😍 And that sunshine yellow on stage! Come through Queen! #MissUniverse #DavinaBennett #MissJamaica
Krystal Tomlinson : social media -youth advocate – strong links to the entertainment industry.
I am supporting #DavinaBennett for #MisssUniverse2017
Let us all throw our tweets behind this true Jamaican Queen. https://t.co/OpGffZzuy6
Andrew Holness : Prime Minister and prime cheer leader #DavinaBennett
Afro ever reach so far a #MissUniverse? It might have but me never see it yet and to know say me see it pon Jamaica #DavinaBennett mek a pride swell inna me chest til it buck. Anything can nice like being a Jamaican? Not a damn ting!
Dahlia Harris: well known actress, producer and media personality
To say that Jamaicans were happy this week when #DavinaBennett reached the top three in the Miss World finals in Las Vegas this past week, would be the understatement of the year. They went absolutely went ‘ maad’, as they were certain that she was going to win.
And so deep in the country the family and friends of this #Clarendongirl oops, sorry #Clarendonlady, gotta be politically correct, began banging ‘ pot cova ‘.
Just like when #Realshellyann won her first gold medal at the Olympics!
Ecstatic is the word. Euphoric is the word. The right language to describe how Jamaicans, and indeed the world, responded to this Afro- centric beauty. This confident-in -her -own -skin regal, royal, could-have-been-she-engaged-to-a-prince strikingly well poised and beautiful woman.
Every country needs moments like this. Another Bolt to de werl moment. Well almost!
Another #Reggaeboyz moment. Well almost!.
Another #Sunshinegirls #FastFive moment. Yeah!
And then reality set in. Another headless corpse found. Three more murdered in St. James. Moravian pastor pleads guilty of having sex with underage girls. The #SplicedTape kass kass: #Fake or #Reality; and #Chronixx show is ‘ sold off’, as after welcoming #Davina back home, ‘ life goes on in Jamaica ‘. Without missing a beat!
In the midst of this reality, Joy and Angst, national celebrations and national confusion and grief, I opened Chris Tiegreen’s The One Year Wonder of the Cross Devotional book, randomly, during my #earlymorningdevotions this week, and found a gripping story about Hope. In the midst of the storms of life.
For ultimately, we look not to #Davina, with or without her Afro, not to PM Holness, the passionate one, nor to Chronixx, #Substanceoverhype for our #Hope. But to Christ The Crucified One!
While they were shining him, Stephen prayed, ” Lord Jesus, receive my spirit”.
“The invisible war that is integral to the Christian life can be brutal. There are spiritual attacks of doubt, deception, temptations, and condemnation, and every godly act and attitude is challenged.
There are psychological attacks of emotional distress, discouragement, and despair, and sanity isn’t always as easy as it looks.
There are relational attacks of conflict, misunderstandings, bitterness, betrayal and persecution, and peace is often a distant ideal.
And there can be even physical attacks of fatigue, disease, and injury.
On every front in our battles against the world, the flesh and the devil, we can be awfully beaten down.
It is impossible to live this new life in Christ without hope. Christians who spend little time thinking about The Kingdom will fall helplessly into despair.
Life in this fallen world can be beautiful, but it is never easy. It is not as it was first created, and it is not as it will be when Jesus comes again. Without a firm gaze on eternity, our temporal trials will consume us.
We have to invest our hopes in the coming Kingdom; otherwise, we are most pitiable among humanity ( 1 Corinthians 15:19). If we don’t see beyond the grave we despair.
Stephen prayed to Jesus essentially the same prayer that Jesus prayed to the Father: ” Receive my spirit”.
Both knew that the war against evil in this world is deadly in the flesh but alive in the Spirit. Both had abandoned all hope in setting up their lives and their treasures in this visible world for the greater glory of setting up life in the invisible world.”
The challenge we face as a Nation, and as a world, in a word is not only ” Disobedience “. A problem which according to the Bible is ” worse than divination”…..worse than obeah and sorcery and ‘ setting up tables ‘. But depending on people and circumstances like #Davina ( not Davina herself) on which to find meaning and purpose in life. This tendency to depend on things of this world is what got us into trouble when we were mesmerized by Michael Manley’s charisma and oratorical skills, or Uncle Eddie’s ( Edward Seaga) management skills and pragmatism . For despite some wobderful and lasting work done by both, we ended up being a politically, and socially, ” warring tribes “, deeply divided nation. As they both, not being gods, had ” feet of clay “; and thus were decidedly, if not spectacularly, imperfect and controversial.
The same scenario is being played out in the USA, with many yearning for the Obama days to ‘come back’, while others see Trump as their ‘ salvation’ in a new and confusingly multi-racial and multi-ethnic America.
This disobedience, rebelling against the Word of God, and seeking to find our own ‘ Salvation ‘, is what is responsible for our high murder rate. The scamming. The proliferation of gangs. The reason for INDECOM. The ill treatment of our women #Notosexualharassment. The spread of #HIV/AIDS ( for the most part). The proliferation of pregnant teenagers! The creation of garrison communities. Corruption in high places. ” For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God “. Even #DavinaBennett.
And because a careful reading of the Bible reveals that the opposite of disobedience is not, civility, but rather holiness, according to the book of Hebrews, training in holiness requires ‘ discipline ‘. Sometimes ‘ painful discipline ‘.
That’s why the authentic Christian life is often punctuated with trials and tribulations; and even persecutions like Stephen. And yet, because we follow a ‘ suffering Savior’, we have a Hope.
Which is the key lesson revealed during my #earlymorningdevotions yesterday, by being led to this passage of Scripture:
THE WORD OF GOD
Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.” Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
Hebrews 12:3-11 NIV
It is in this context, that elements of the Church has called for a National time of repentance, fasting and prayer; this weekend in Half-Way-Tree square ( at another time pot cova banging #Beijing #Usain Bolt) and next week in Sam Sharpe Square in Montero-Bay ( ground zero for murder and mayhem). But better known because of the ultimate sacrifice paid by Baptist Deacon Sam Sharpe ( you won’t hear that from atheists who are very active on social media demonizing the Church) in the struggle for emancipation from slavery).
For as I was led to write about and to consider again this week #earlymorningdevotions, our National Pledge has become a National Indictment! On the one hand but a ” Call to Repentance “, on the other hand, as without the Indwelling of the Holy Spirit, a gift to those who believe in the Atonement wrought by Christ The Crucified One, on Calvary, we cannot be true to this Pledge that we all take time and time again.
Question is, if not before God….then to whom shall we look? #Dudus? #Kartel ? Reneto Adams? Andrew? Peter? Our ability to think critically? Our bank account? Packing a ‘9’?
King Alarm? The U.N. conventions? Seriously ! Until a Cat 5 Hurricane approaches…..
Time to celebrate #Davina. But more importantly, time to think again, seriously, about our National Pledge and our responsibility, under the God of Abraham, to ” the whole human race”. Lest we perish for a lack of a shared vision.
Before God and All mankind.
I pledge the love and loyalty of my heart
The wisdom and courage of my mind,
The strength and vigour of my body
in the service of my fellow citizens.
I promise to stand up for justice,
Brotherhood and Peace, to work diligently and creatively,
To think generously and honestly, so that,
Jamaica may, under God, increase in beauty, fellowship
and prosperity, and play her part in advancing the welfare
of the whole human race.