Jamaican evangelist argues that local young people are in state of confusion

Jamaican evangelist argues that local young people are in state of confusion

 Cover credit: Ashley Campbell/ Flickr

Cover credit: Ashley Campbell/Flickr

A young evangelist in Shiloh Apostolic Church in Richmond, Jamaica, has said that his local Parish and the society surrounding it is failing to tackle issues concerning young people and the alternative lifestyles they are living.

Devon Murdoch said that these problems were tied to heritage and lifestyle choices, alongside an adoption of several world cultures, particularly European and American facets, leaving young people unsure of which direction to take with regard to ethical and moral issues.

The evangelist claimed this has negative ramifications. “Oftentimes, it would appear as though the secular society wants to sweep issues such as homosexuality under the carpet,” he said. “As it relates to crime and violence, the same society would chastise the Church to say it’s not playing its part but would not allow the Church to impose its core principles, which I honestly believe waters down the power of the Church.

“As a result of this,” he continued, “we find there are going to be generational changes. So if the 18, 19, and 20-year-old men and women who are having children today are of that mentality, their children are not going to go to Sabbath or Sunday School, and that affects the wider society.”

With some individuals turning to crime, Devon Murdoch wished for the Church to take a more active role in clamping down on these issues. “If we look at the killings that are taking place in our society, we need to do an intrinsic examination, go into prisons, and interview these criminals to find out their socialization,” he said. “I think what we will realize and understand is that some of the persons were far removed from the family traditions of their mothers and grandmothers who were up in the Church.”

As a fiercely dedicated member of the Church, Murdoch is heavily against intrusion from foreign cultures, saying: “I would really like to see the powers that be stop letting outside forces influence the foundation of our country, which our forefathers built with hard work, the help of God, and the principles of the Bible. I just wish we would take our future in our hands, try to build this country, and not let outside influences dictate our moral values.”

In the future, he hopes for assistance from neighboring countries, such as Cuba, to solve the confusion sweeping Jamaica’s young people.

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