Have Mercy On The Poor

Many times within the society, you will hear statements about growing the economy. We are told about goals and targets, but in the midst of growing an economy, the poor are not in the equation. They are long forgotten by politicians and business people, and even some global agencies that promise to deal with charity and such issues.

Oftentimes, the advisers themselves have no idea what it is to be poor. They simply make decisions, oblivious of the realities. Sometimes you will see statements made by various countries regarding poverty eradication. They even have international-level conferences where they discuss and make statements to those assembled, and based on the statements, you wonder if they know where they are living.

Decisions have been made to make the investors happy, while the poor are very unhappy. In fact, they are dying under pressure.

Sadly, the younger generation is drowning under debt, burdened by the weight of what the previous generations left behind. This is not a legacy, this is a yoke.

God showed me a vision where a group of politicians and investors were crossing a river. They were all excited at the prospect of new business deals, but in the midst of all that, the Lord showed that there were two generations. The older generation was trying to catch up, but they could not. While the young generation was in the river trying to cross, the politicians were trying to extend their hands in a simple gesture, but it was only for show.

They didn’t realise, however, that in crossing the river at the pace to grow the economy and please the investors, there were different levels of the riverbed and that the children were drowning; the only alternative was for the Church to step in and save them. The politicians and business people did not even realise what was happening. There are other meanings, however, that will be discussed in articles to come.

One cannot drive an economy at the pace of investors and international lenders. Even when the nation passes the test, the people are failing the test. If we want to see the economy grow, we must put plans and measures in place to rescue the poor.

DEATH BECAUSE OF POVERTY

One billion children worldwide are living in poverty. According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty.

In 2011, 165 million children under the age five were stunted (reduced rate of growth and development) due to chronic malnutrition.

The World Food Programme says, “the poor are hungry and their hunger traps them in poverty”. Hunger is the number one cause of death in the world, killing more than HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.

The Bible, specifically and strongly, outlines in Proverbs 31: 8-9: “Open your mouth for the speechless, in the cause of all who are appointed to die. Open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.” Take a look also at Proverbs 22: 22-23, Psalm 12:5, and Isaiah 10: 1-3, which is a very serious scripture.

No nation must have any laws or decrees that would bring any kind of oppression or further hardship on the poor. When God establishes a leader in office, God judges them based on the burdens borne by the poor of the nation. In fact, that is what defines one’s legacy or the duration of the administration; and when we focus on pleasing the investors and the poor are forgotten, then it brings serious consequences and curses over the nation.

The country urgently needs to revisit the economic policies that it is pursuing.

The Government needs to set up JA Monetary Fund for the Poor. This will assist the poor, for example, with basic items, furniture, education, burial, and health bills.

– It needs to provide nurses’ aides for seniors, especially for the disabled children and adults.

– Coordinate with the private sector to donate skimmed milk powder and diapers to the newborn babies of poor families.

– Have a flat rate on water for the poor.

– Reduce GCT.

– Increase the minimum wage.

– Restore and revamp the free zone.

– Build more shelters for the homeless.

– Have a flat rate for electricity in low-income areas.

– Give more support for farming, not only in promoting it as a viable means of income, but also in subsidising the cost of tools and equipment.

– Lower insurance rates for second-hand vehicles.

– Implement a no-tax policy for new companies for the first three years.

There is much more we can do for the poor, particularly if we want to see the next generation rise to meet the challenges and overcome them for the growth and development of the nation.

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Class and colour ruining the society

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WITHOUT A doubt, classism and racism are alive and are demons dividing society, as well as hindering growth and cooperation within the nation.

The killing in Ferguson, Missouri, of Michael Brown on the heels of the killing of Treyvon Martin in Florida and Mario Deane in Jamaica, has opened a can of worms on the classism and racism that still runs strong in Jamaica.

Since President Obama became the president of the United States of America, many believe that things have worsened because many believe that a black man should not be president or that certain classes and/or race should not be in leadership beyond a certain level. As someone that does counselling and working in different areas, I have see classism and racism first-hand.

Classism and racism affect many organisations – military, police, politics, religion and education. It even affects relationships because there are some who get married but have never received the blessing of their families due to the race and/or class of whom they marry.

I have seen where persons have made marriage proposals and have been turned down because the family out-rightly stated that there must be no marriage if the person is not of a certain race or class.




Even persons who do in vitro fertilization will not take sperm unless it comes from a certain race.

big hindrances

Both issues are the biggest hindrances to the justice system.

A recent article from The Wall Street Journal dated February 14, 2013, written by reporter Joe Palazzolo, stated that, “Prison sentences of black men were nearly 20 per cent longer than those of white men for similar crimes in recent years … .”

Even this affects us in different ways. There are many communities that put rules and laws in place (beyond the laws of the land) to govern those communities to keep out a certain class or race of people. Even if such individuals ‘slip through the cracks’, they are harassed to frustrate them to leave the communities.

rampant but subtle

And what about the organisations that refuse to employ people based on their address or race? People are mistreated by law enforcement because of the communities they are from.

Recognize that especially within organisations, racism and classism are rampant but subtle.

In times gone by, organisations would not hire persons that were too dark for their front line. Over time, they had no choice but to change that policy. However, they are held back from being promoted within the organisation.

Have we not realized that only a certain class of persons are allowed to head committees within the nation? It is so bad that instead of bringing in new people they recycle the same ones.

Look at our local news media – the Outlook, Lifestyle and social pages, as well as the photo sections, only who’s who of the society are featured.

Why is it that people of lighter skin colour are being referred to as ‘high color’? Why are those with other than ‘kinky hair’ being referred as having ‘pretty hair’?

The issue of class and colour extends to the church as well. Within the religious circles, racism and classism are rampant! Jesus outlined in James 2, the treatment of the rich versus the poor within the faith.

There are pastors from well-known ‘big’ churches who would never mingle with or attend the function of a pastor from a small church, or a pastor that they consider below their class.




There are pastors – even from the small churches – who would never minister to or recognize anyone unless they drive SUVs, hold ‘big’ positions or are of a certain color!

There are ministers who would never recognize or acknowledge another minister if that minister does not have a degree in theology or hold a doctor of divinity title.

There are Church leaders who will never promote a person in ministry if they are not of a certain class or race.

There are pastors who refuse to preach at a church that has less than 350 members.

To show respect to a person based on class or race is seen by God as evil! There should be no distinction based on rank or influence. Showing preference for the rich and powerful while ignoring those deemed ‘below’ is evil.

All human beings have an equal value and by their humanity are interrelated.

Human worth should not be valued by ethnicity, wealth, social standing or educational level, because all are significant and valuable in God’s eyes. Jesus’ ministry proves that.

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