Poor are being robbed

Regarding the letter from Mr. Reid published 5 December I’d like to come right to the point.

I agree with Mr. Reid all the way concerning self-anointed human rights activists in the Cayman Islands who genuinely wish to help the plight of the Jamaican people. For one thing, some of the Jamaicans will tell you that they have to borrow their plane fare to come to the island and so want to become part of the community that they go and join themselves to these churches, the preachers of which become lord and high priest to them. God’s people know that we have only one high priest who was appointed by God Himself and He sits on the throne of God. Those churches then ask these poor Jamaicans to tithe 10 per cent by accusing them of robbing God by quoting old scriptures of the law.

There is nowhere in the scriptures that God oppressed the poor. His people were told to take care of the widows, the orphans and the fatherless. When Jesus walked the Earth, neither did He oppress the poor. He fed them and healed them. His teaching was about giving, sowing and reaping. His disciples even had their own moneybag to help the poor. Today, for us to gather to worship Jesus comes down to money. The spirit of oppression is being formed in churches, taking and not giving. The oppressed has become the oppressor. It seems that man does not need God any more because men have become each other’s source. No one is concerned whether your soul id going to hell or heaven; it’s all about how many people there are in the churches and they wear the right hats and clothes.

Has anyone ever stopped to consider why the churches have to beg for anything they need and why they never reach their goal? Do you know what happens to us when we rob from the poor? With the money they take from the people, it would be a good thing for them to go to Jamaica to help them because they would only be returning the money that they took from them.

When you oppress the poor, ‘you may say you are rich and have increased with good and have need of nothing and knowest not that thou art wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked.’

Velma Herod