President of the West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Pastor Glen Samuels, is challenging the country's leaders to refocus their energies towards righteousness and dependence on God in order to build a better nation.
Referencing Psalm 127:1, Samuels argued that, just as King David admonished his son Solomon, who would take charge as the new king, the nation cannot be built without spiritual foundation.
"I still believe that the nation's glorious days are not wrapped up in the quality of its balance of payments," said Samuels.
"I still believe Jamaica's future is guaranteed not by the strength of its dollar, but by the strength of integrity of its citizens and their resolute trust in Almighty God."
He added: "I say to those who lead us politically, forgetfulness of God and the principles of righteousness open the door for the demise of this nation."
Samuels, who is listed among those to receive national honours in October, was speaking at the 10th Independence and International Weekend Service at the Mandeville Seventh-day Adventist Church in Manchester on Saturday.
In emphasising the theme 'The Building of a Better Nation', Samuels said that "a nation cannot rise higher nor can it remain strong if it has weak foundation".
He added: "A nation can rise no higher than the leadership provided for her by those leaders. A leader cannot rise higher than his ability, commitment and capacity to hold to God's unchanging hand. I know the world is drifting into a direction where their light has to be silent, but this nation is a God-blessed nation."
In addressing the current state of crime and immorality facing the nation at this time, the president of the West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Pastor Glen Samuels, is calling for the strengthening of the national will around wholesome values.
"What is happening to us as a people can rightly be assessed that the good majority has been silent, and there is this potent, powerful and militant minority that seems to be holding this country at ransom," Samuels said.
"We need something to galvanise us together as a nation. We need to summon the national will around wholesome values. Our forefathers rallied together against the backdrop of something that drove them. They believed that it was time for emancipation ... .They believed that this nation was worth fighting for, and many laid down their lives."
He added: "What bothers me is that too many good people are silent, and that evil seems to draw its nutrient from among the righteous."
The day was also the annual Adventist Day of Prayer for the Nation, held throughout the church's more that 740 congregations.
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