Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller, has called on the church to re-assert itself in the society.
She said that the church is a critical institution in the life and process of the nation, and must provide guidance to the people at a time of increasing challenges.
“For while Government might be charged with steering the process of economic growth and development, in these challenging times, the church must remain a blessing to the nation, providing our people with hope and assurance,” she stated.
The Prime Minister’s remarks came in a message delivered by Minister with Responsibility for Sports, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley, at a meeting of the Jamaica Baptist Union’s World Alliance on Tuesday, July 2, at the Roaring River Great House, St. Ann.
She said that given the reach of the Baptist World Alliance across some 120 nations, it is well placed to play its rightful role.
“This annual gathering of your alliance is therefore an excellent avenue to recommit and to redouble the role the Baptists are known for, by not only seeking to fulfill the mission of Christ, but renewing your leadership in defence of what is right and just and desirable,” she stated.
The Prime Minister also pointed out that the values, which the Baptists have stood for, some of which has been indelibly itched in the history of Jamaica, through the work of some of the country’s National Heroes, are the same principles on which Jamaica must be built.
“The principles, which drove the Baptist into action back then, remains necessary today…they are the principles of equality, commitment to service, justice, honesty, integrity and regard for God’s precious gift of life,” she stated.
The Prime Minister, in her message, expressed the view that if “we are to build and overcome as a nation, then there needs to be a global movement to once again have these principles central to our lives, and etched in the hearts and minds of our people”.
Governor-General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, in his greetings, described the work and Ministry of the Baptists in Jamaica as “legendary”.
He pointed out that three of the nation’s National Heroes were Baptist.
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