Play your part! Pas­tor urges St Mary res­i­dents to help fight crime

Once peo­ple can’t be sat­is­fied, they are go­ing to find means and ways to get that which is not theirs.

Jamaica Gleaner - - FAMILY & RELIGION - Orantes Moore Gleaner Writer fam­ilyan­dreli­gion@glean­erjm.com

JEF­FREY TOWN, St Mary: IN THE last three months, the typ­i­cally tran­quil dis­trict of Jef­frey Town, St Mary, has been the lo­ca­tion of two fa­tal shoot­ings and ac­cord­ing to the So­cial Devel­op­ment Com­mis­sion (SDC) rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the area, the only way to stop vi­o­lence spi­ralling out of con­trol is for lo­cal res­i­dents to take a stand against the crim­i­nals.

The SDC’s act­ing man­ager for St Mary, Des­mond Sin­clair, was born and raised in the parish and be­lieves that jeal­ousy and lazi­ness are the root causes of the crime wave that has so far led to a 23 per cent in­crease in mur­ders.

‘DES­PER­ATELY WICKED’

Speak­ing ear­lier this week from Jef­frey Town, Sin­clair, who has served as a min­is­ter for over a decade, told Fam­ily and Re­li­gion: “The Bi­ble (Jeremiah 17:9) in­di­cates that the heart of men has grown des­per­ately wicked, and in­stead of men hav­ing love for their broth­ers, you re­alise they have de­vel­oped a ha­tred for each other.

“They don’t look out for each other any­more, and as a re­sult of that, you’ll find that peo­ple have de­vel­oped a greed and selfish­ness among them­selves, which has es­ca­lated into this sort of vi­o­lence. There’s also the idea that peo­ple are not sat­is­fied with what they have, so the whole idea of grudge and red eye comes into play.

“Once peo­ple can’t be sat­is­fied, they are go­ing to find means and ways to get that which is not theirs. And when peo­ple start to en­croach on others and what they have, you’re go­ing to find that af­ter a while, others are go­ing to get frus­trated and fed up, and they ex­act what they think is jus­tice, based on what peo­ple have ei­ther done to or taken away from them.”

Sin­clair, who is a pas­tor for the Fire Bap­tized Ho­li­ness Church of God of the Amer­i­cas, be­lieves that if the up­ward trend in mur­ders and vi­o­lent crimes is to be re­versed in the parish, the cit­i­zens of St Mary must work in con­junc­tion with lo­cal po­lice.

He ex­plained: “I think it was Isaac who said to his son, Esau, ‘When you are frus­trated, you will break the bond from around your neck (Gen­e­sis 27:40). One of the things with us St Mary folks is that crime is hap­pen­ing right around us and peo­ple are aware of some of these per­pe­tra­tors. It’s just a mat­ter of us say­ing to the law: ‘We know that John Brown or Mary Jane is in­volved.’

“We re­ally need to get to the place where we start to speak out be­cause a lot of the vi­o­lence we see tak­ing place is do­mes­tic. [We should] get good com­mu­nity peo­ple to talk, come out, stand up, and show that they re­ally want their com­mu­ni­ties to be the place of choice to live, work, raise fam­i­lies, and do busi­ness.

“If we are go­ing to stay in our homes and cieled houses (Hag­gai 1:4) and say:’Po­lice alone must do it,’ we will for­ever have crime. Good peo­ple must come out and play their part so we can have an in­te­grated devel­op­ment process.”

PHOTO BY ORANTES MOORE

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