President of the Caribbean Graduate School of Theology, Dr. Lascelles G. Newman, says if the country is to experience a turn around it is critical for all Jamaicans to stop playing the blame game, and instead, seek to unite in working to return the nation to its former glory.
“Jamaica is no longer at a cross roads but is going down the wrong moral and spiritual road and none of us can wash our hands and proclaim innocence,” he said.
“This is not the time for futile debates about whose fault it is, whether it is the Government’s fault, or the church’s fault, or the private sector’s fault, the trade union’s fault or the fault of the parents and families. We are all at fault,” Dr. Newman argued.
He was speaking on Thursday (January 21) at the 30th staging of the National Leadership Prayer Breakfast (NLPB) held at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston under the theme: ‘With God, We Will Overcome’.
Prime Minister the Hon. Bruce Golding and his wife, Mrs. Lorna Golding, hold hands as they pray at the National Leadership Prayer Breakfast on Thursday (January 21) at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.
Dr. Newman, who was the guest speaker at the event, argued that all Jamaicans have watched, witnessed and participated in the disintegration and the destruction of the moral fabric of the nation and therefore all Jamaicans must accept responsibility.
“Our youth have lost their innocence,” he said. “The level of violence in schools is a loud and clear message that something has gone wrong in our society. But equally the behaviour of those in leadership and positions of trust, both in the state and in civil society is less than exemplary,” he stated.
Dr. Newman continued: “Our economy and society sit on the edge of a precipice, just a short distance away from major collapse. We have tribalised everything and our people are divided.”
He said unity therefore is critical if Jamaica is to recover and redeem itself.
“National unity and integrity must take centre stage. It must be top priority in policy making and governance. It must be top priority in our leadership behaviour.
“We must unite as a people or continue to hemorrhage the goodwill that is ours,” he said.