The Grenville Phillips Column – Bearing the Sword in Vain

Jesus asked His followers to forgive other people in the same manner that they wanted God to forgive them.  With this being the standard, how do we want God to forgive us?  Do we want to be forgiven entirely?  Do we want to benefit from being given another chance, as if our offence had never occurred?

This type of forgiveness is very easy for us to receive, but it is very difficult for us to give.  But giving it is the only way that we can receive forgiveness from God.  Jesus explained that the way to life is relatively more difficult, and we can see why.

If someone harms my neighbour, then I have no standing to forgive the offender on behalf of the one harmed.  That is the responsibility of the person who was harmed, and for their benefit.  If a person rapes or steals from my neighbour, my neighbour must decide whether to forgive the offender or not.  However, there is a context to this type of forgiveness.  We trust that the state will sort-out those who grievously harm us.  The Biblical teaching on this matter follows.

“For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same.  For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.” (Romans 13:3-4)

So while we forgive the offenders, we also have a reasonable expectation that state will arrest, charge, convict and sentence them.  We do not expect the state to “bear the sword in vain” and simply forgive them, so that they can boast of this lunacy and harm us again.  We do not expect the state to refuse to act on our behalf by claiming that vengeance belongs to the Lord.

When the state decides to behave like a child, then the system breaks down.  Individuals forgive for their own benefit and emotional healing. However, they must be confident in the Government’s management of the judicial process.  Who among us will advise a victim to forgive a serial rapist whose serial actions are facilitated by the state?   Would this not encourage popular vigilantism?

If the BLP administration is insistent on forgiving all of those who have engaged in bribery and other forms of corruption against us, then they should compensate those who continue to be affected by their bribes.  The offender should not be the only beneficiary of the Government’s leniency.

Corruption can account for approximately 50% of a construction project.  If we are to believe our politicians who regularly accuse each other of gross corruption, and the auditor general’s annual report that suggests that little is well, then we may be significantly overpaying for construction and other contracts.

Instead of paying $50M for a project properly valued at $50M, we may be forced to be repaying in the order of $100M.  That is why we may be paying VAT, land and other taxes, not for any improvement in government services, but to repay the bribes that others are enjoying.  If this is so, then if we want improved service, then we will be called upon to pay additional taxes for water, sewage, sanitation, and the like, which we have already paid for with other taxes.

Those who worship political parties are expected to justify anything and everything that their political party does, no matter how much it harms others.  But why are private sector business leaders, who publicly objected to every new tax before the general election, actively encouraging the Government to lay these unnecessary additional taxes on the public?

If the BLP and DLP are indeed the same party, with a sworn prime directive to protect each-other from scrutiny, then the BLP’s proposal to forgive all BLP and DLP politicians for any past corrupt behaviour is consistent with this directive.  So is the proposal to allow them to keep any bribes that they may have accumulated.  However, why must we be forced to keep repaying any bribes, that if forgiven, they will be allowed to legally enjoy?

Grenville Phillips II is a Chartered Structural Engineer and the founder of Solutions Barbados.  He can be reached at NextParty246@gmail.com

15 comments

  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Is this the same Grenville we told repeatedly that corruption in government, theft of taxpayers and pensioners money are deserving of prison time for government ministers their bribers and co-conspirators and not no sissy fine,…serious prison time for those who believe they are above the law in parliament and in the society is the only remedy…that is the only language they will understand.

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    @ Grenville Phillips

    You are one stupid rock and certainly no relation to de ole man.

    I am sure that the Honourable Blogmaster told you that to post two topics in such rapid succession would dilute your thrust on both of them.

    You are as stupid as a rock and I for one have not got that leisurely gine to entertain you.

    Imagine you garner 147 comments on a premiere topic you blogged on the 22 where multiple persons rush to respond to the emotive and in 3 days you take something that could easily be a single paragraph in that article and come and put it here.

    I am done with that Solutions Barbados one all together because you are a slow man who can’t be taught anything.

    Continue on wigh this forgivrness spiel for if GOD be for you who can be against you

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  • Mr. Grenville Phillips continue to tout your Truth and understanding …If the Blog master objected he would refrain from sharing your post in succession he would have held it back for a little while.

    The Two Principles (a) Spiritual Law that you have shared that ‘Mercy’, which because of Christ Atonement mankind may be forgiven on condition of Sincere Repentance. It is written that is required of us to forgive all men and the final Judgment rest with the Lord. The Lord will not be mocked the uttermost farthing must be paid that is why Jesus paid the Ultimate price for us.

    As for the second Principle i.e. the Law of the Land…When a Person breaks the Law, commits murder, steals etc. the Law of the Land is there to protect the innocent…Unfortunately some play the judicial System in Barbados because it takes years to reach a judgement if any is reached at all…I know because I took a well-known company to court for selling a car to me that was a 97 model and they sold it as a 99 model and I only realized it after purchasing the vehicle and came to the understanding they were racketeering and at the expense of Bajan’s paying 200% plus Duty for Cars in this country and to this day there has been no Judgment…Who Knows the Judge must have conveniently Died!

    There is another Case with a High Profile Company that was in the system since 2009 and only started to be heard last year May 2017 and since then has been delayed until now and only God knows when it will be heard again with all the disruption that has gone on with the Court Building Fiasco…They have opened the court hearings otherwise but it is my understanding that the cases that come before the Judges are being put off to future. Meanwhile the Perpetrators continue to Live Very High while hoping meanwhile (because of the dysfunction and duration of the ones who are to meter out Justice) the Culprits hope that others are Dead and Buried under the Weight of their Oppression. Believe me in God we trust, he is the God of Providence and will see you through when you look to him.

    Mr. Phillips you say “Those who worship political parties are expected to justify anything and everything that their political party does, no matter how much it harms others.”

    So tell me Mr. Phillips given the above experience with the Judicial System who is going to waste their time resources and their very lives, Challenge the Powers that be by bringing a Court Case against them in such matters?

    Where is Justice when we Need it Most?
    Sir…Thank you so much for you Well thought-out and Well Written Article…Keep letting your Voice be Heard.

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  • BEAUTIFUL BEIGE

    Mr. Phillips: Thank you for continuing in “the fight”.

    As Christians, we know that we have signed on for a fight the day we surrendered our lives to the Lord.

    “The servant is not above the Master”.

    Sadly but honestly the people of Barbados have got the government they deserve.

    All we can do is continue to pray for the Government in power as instructed to do so in the Word of God.

    Put our faith and trust in God for He IS IN CONTROL.

    Do not grow weary in well doing.

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  • Is the country in such a poor state that the prime minister has to be directing the PSs, ministers and heads of government to breakup cliques and mingle in the room to break the culture as she described it? Also it appears that Barbados is lagging the region as it pertains to town planning legislation.

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  • THE AUTHOR OF THIS THREAD QUOTES

    “For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.” (Romans 13:3-4)

    UNFORTUNATELY, HE DOES NOT DO IT MUCH JUSTICE, HOWEVER.

    THE TEXT POINTS OUT THAT HONEST AND LAW ABIDING CITIZENS SHOULD NOT HAVE TO FEAR THE RULERS, I.E THE POWERS THAT BE IN THE PRECEDING VERSES

    IN CONTRAST EVIL DOERS OUGHT TO BE AWARE THAT THE POWERS THAT BE CAN PUNISH THEM.

    HOWEVER, JUST AS IS BLATANTLY OBVIOUS IN THE SCENARIO IN THE USA PROPAGATED IN RAMPANT FASHION BY THE SHITBAMA REGIME, WE ARE SEEING THE SAME HAPPENING IN OUR BELOVED BARBADOS

    IT IS VERY CLEAR THAT IN BOTH THESE CASES THE RULER IS NOT ONLY BEARING THE SWORD IN VAIN, ON WHOM SOEVER THEY WILL, BUT THAT THEY ARE NOT BEARING AT ALL ON THOSE WHO DESERVE IT

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    Ku Klux Klan them a huff and a puff oh yeah
    I’m gonna chant them to sender
    Jah Jah gonna make them surrender
    Jah Jah send lightning and thunder
    We’re gonna break them asunder

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    Trump would have been on the racist white side in 60’s Civil Rights battles

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  • Babylon lost his heart and put it on the Sycamore tree

    Babylon must fall down

    They want to steal Jah Jah Crown

    Two by two Babylon must fall down

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