Phartford Files: Hard Truths – Part 2
Submitted by Ironside
In part 1 of this submission, I tried to make the case that the problems of Barbados are not primarily economic [or even social for that matter] but are anchored in our spiritual relationship [or lack of one] with the Sovereign Lord. Despite the filibusters and tantrums that were thrown, it seems that there is some level of agreement with this.
In this instalment I will detail some of the specifics of at least one of the things of which we need to repent. However, before I proceed I wish to make my stance on religion clear. So here is what I said to one commenter in Part 1:
P.S. I hate religion! I mean it. Perhaps Karl Marx was right, “Religion is the opium of the people”. Repentance is NOT about religion but about a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with the King of Kings AS DEFINED BY HIM, not us e.g. the NEW AGERS! That’s the part we can’t swallow! We can like it or lump it but God IS SOVEREIGN !!
N.B. There was no religion in the Garden of Eden until Lucifer came along!
I also want to make it clear that I am not really dealing with individual sins and therefore, individual repentance per se. However, if your conscience get pricked in the process, so be it. Do something about it.
On the contrary, I am dealing with national repentance. Check the scriptures and note, that almost without exception, calls for repentance were made to whole nations! To Israel! To Nineveh (the city called Mosul in modern day Iraq). To Egypt!
Of course, there are cases where individuals are singled out, for example, an individually delivered call for David to repent after his malfeasance with Bathsheba. But by and large, it was national repentance.
“If you will return, O Israel, return to Me,” declares the LORD. “If you will remove your detestable idols from My sight and no longer waver… Jeremiah 4:1NLT
That is why the LORD says, “Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Joel 2:12 NLT
So what are these “national sins” from which we need to repent? Glad you asked!
IDOLATRY: HERO WORSHIP OR PERSONALITY CULT
In Barbados idolatry finds expression in the growing personality cult and hero worship which we practice AT A NATIONAL LEVEL. Back in 2010 the Nationnews had this to say about the personality cult re. the DEMS.
It’s time for Barbadians to open their eyes and see past the propaganda and the “personality cult” that abounds and select a Government based on its competence level. But then again, we must be a simple-minded people since we keep repeating the same mistakes. Nationnews 20 December 2010
According to my spiritual analysis, that is why Barbados has been handed Mystery Babylon. Every Bajan who was awake then (or now) knows the BLP was swept into power on the skirts of Mystery Babylon. Women clamoured for her as the Saviour of Barbados. They identified with her as a woman! So much so that even though she said she would go to the IMF, they still voted her in. And the first casualties of the IMF were the [female] secretaries in government! What a betrayal! No surprise here; this is just the Mystery Babylon persona in action.
Moreover, within months Mystery Babylon was projecting itself as the new Caribbean leader as well as emasculating the male ministers right before our very eyes. What arrogance and hyperbolic conceit! Shame on you BLP men!
A female friend of mine said to me just hours ago before I started writing this: “We taking this female thing too far!” She was speaking about another female appointment to a position I will not identify. I reminded her of my favourite saying, “Too far east is west!”
Some of us are so far away from the Sovereign One that we do not understand his ways; especially His “tough love” modus de operandi. Look, if you crave something bad enough he will give it to you to knock yourself out.
Lucifer wanted a kingdom so he got a kingdom of darkness!
Here is Israel asking for a king:
Look,” they said, “you are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now appoint a king to judge us like all the other nations.” 6 But when they said, “Give us a king to judge us,” their demand was displeasing in the sight of Samuel; so he prayed to the LORD. 7And the LORD said to Samuel, “Listen to the voice of the people in all that they say to you. For it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected Me as their king.
1 Samuel 8: 5 – 7 BSB
The whole Israelite community set out from Elim, and on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had left Egypt, they came to the desert of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai. There in the desert they all complained to Moses and Aaron and said to them, “We wish that the LORD had killed us in Egypt. There we could at least sit down and eat meat and as much other food as we wanted. But you have brought us out into this desert to starve us all to death.”
The LORD said to Moses, “Now I am going to cause food to rain down from the sky for all of you. The people must go out every day and gather enough for that day. In this way I can test them to find out if they will follow my instructions. On the sixth day they are to bring in twice as much as usual and prepare it.” Exodus 16: 1- 5
So let’s get to the point:
Hero Worship is Sin!
The Sovereign One says we need to stop the hero worship and personality cult, so I am passing on the message. This is not North Korea.
I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall have no other gods before Me. Exodus 20:2- 3 Berean Study Bible
You must worship no other gods, for the LORD, whose very name is Jealous, is a God who is jealous about his relationship with you. Exodus 34:14 NLT
WHEN MOSES DIED, JEHOVAH BURIED HIM HIMSELF; WHERE THE PEOPLE COULDN’T FIND HIM. HE WAS NOT TO BE WORSHIPPED!
I like Luther Vandross’ music but he is dead. I do not worship him! Folks, Errol Barrow did a lot of good but he is dead! Stop worshipping him. Clennell Wickham is dead. Stop adoring him. It makes me puke. It is enough to make God angry! Stop putting all that historical crap on TV about these people. Let the historians find some other avenue for their skills. I suggest they write about the “history of the lawyertocracy in Barbados!” That should occupy them or a while.
Most young people in this country neither “know”, nor care a cat’s whisker about Errol Barrow or Clennell Wickham. They are living now! Not one of them [dead heroes or heroines] is going to save our butts when the next hurricane comes along or get us out of this economic disaster we are in.
Neither will Mystery Babylon!
Worshipping Mystery Babylon is a sin. Hero worship is a sin! A national sin! Period! We need to repent of it, now! So CBC, get it together! Reporters and editors, help get out of this descending orbit! Churches! put this on warp drive!
The constitutional crisis we have is a blessing in disguise. It is our cue to repent. Then we would have started the process of freeing ourselves from Mystery Babylon!