I recently read an article about the church lobbying for a change to the cover of the 2017 Yellow Pages which depicted a scene inside a typical Jamaican dancehall. The artist had captured scantily clad women and their dance partners apparently showing off the latest dancehall moves.
The article went on to note that the church “is a powerful voice that is hard to ignore”. The publishers of the Yellow Pages apparently paid attention because they subsequently produced a new cover. Why then can’t the church use this obvious power consistently to effect positive changes in the society? Why is it that the church appears to lobby for some causes but turn a blind eye to others?
Many critics had argued that the original cover had the potential to further erode the moral fabric of the society, but what about the myriad of other problems plaguing Jamaica? When will we see the church mounting more spirited lobbies to pull this island that we love so much back from the abyss of crime, violence, lotto scamming, child abuse, domestic abuse and corruption? The church must take a firm stand against issues such as these because it has the power to influence change and turn this county around.
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