This, she said, will redound to the benefit of the nation, as it will foster a greater culture of social cohesion by Jamaicans.
Positive values and morals include attributes such as honesty, responsibility, respect for others, among others.
“Leaders, families and communities at every level in Jamaica must support the Church in this mission, which is vital to the very foundations of our society and our nation,” she said.
The Prime Minister was speaking at the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, Jamaica 45th annual National Convention in Kingston, on Good Friday (April 3).
Quoting the Bible verse – “righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people” – the Prime Minister urged Jamaicans to practise righteousness in every aspect of their lives, including families, churches, communities, at the workplaces and in the Government.
She also used the opportunity to encourage those in Government to set good examples of truth, honesty, sincerity “and all that is good and wholesome in the sight of the Lord.”
Meanwhile, Mrs. Simpson Miller said the Government will continue to protect the country’s proud record of religious freedom for all, which is enshrined in the Jamaican Constitution. “Jamaica has a long and distinguished history of freedom of religion, which we should never take for granted,” she emphasized.
She said that as a consequence of that, the Government recently received an award from the International Religious Liberty Association. “It should be understood that our faith does not only liberate us as individuals, but it also has great impact on the social and economic development of our society,” the Prime Minister added.
Highlighting the importance of the Convention’s theme – ‘Cultivate and Prepare for Harvest’ – Mrs. Simpson Miller said it gives greater meaning to the fact that “we must be guided by the Father’s hand in order to bear good fruit.”
She commended the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Jamaica for the work they have been doing in uplifting and empowering the community, as well as training and equipping Ministers and other Christian workers through their bible college -LIFE.
“Your church has also been instrumental in fostering the educational development of our children through the five basic schools that you operate in various communities across the island. As a church, you are indeed fulfilling your Christian calling of loving your neighbour as yourself,” she said.
The annual national convention is slated to end on April 6.