Sinful Leaders, Sinful Followers

Submitted by Nathan ‘Jolly’ Green

Alert raised as SVG’s volcano oozes magma, watch out 2021.

Like Cuba, Venezuela, Iran, North Korea, has the leadership of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines brought the wrath of God upon the heads of those who support such leadership?

Jeremiah 23:1-4

“Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture!” declares the Lord. Therefore, thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who care for my people: “You have scattered my flock and have driven them away, and you have not attended to them. Behold, I will attend to you for your evil deeds, declares the Lord. Then I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them, and I will bring them back to their fold, and they shall be fruitful and multiply. I will set shepherds over them who will care for them, and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall any be missing, declares the Lord.

1 Timothy 3:1-5

The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore, an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his household, how will he care for God’s church?

I honestly believe that we in Saint Vincent have all been on the receiving end of bad leadership, those that support such leadership can learn about the wrath of the Lord.

It is essential to understand the underlying forces at work in evil leaders.

Much has been written to tell us about the “top traits of a bad leadership” or “how to deal with an evil leader.” I will now impart some information here that should not be ignored, and the ideas presented in them help us understand the “bad leader.” But let us not also forget the failing junior and middle-level leaders and parliamentary ministers in SVG. Those that support evil leadership, knowingly join forces with a corrupt regime and are responsible for those evil deeds, as if they did them themselves.

Senior leaders who bring evil to leadership, bring a significant dimension of trouble to a government. While this may be obvious on the statement’s surface, what leads to it may not seem so clear.

Three crucial factors are at play with understanding the success or failure of political leadership: 1) A leaders Character, 2) His leadership Style, and 3) their Followers. And often, when an evil leader is elected, you can entirely blame the followers. But the actions of that leader are those of his choosing, often cheered on by the same followers who elected him.

Senior Leader Character: Many senior leaders become even eviler, ultra-evil. They also rely on their own political and often even judicial skills to do everything and are generally blind to their real inadequacies and drive. Frequently, they see their position in terms of privilege and power (although they do not admit it) and will ignore others’ advice. They are practically unsuitable for leadership and are unwilling to be held accountable for their evil and sometimes malicious conduct.

Leadership Style: Evil senior leaders also fail to have the proper vision or vision for their organization. Vision must be methodically established and pursued on behalf of the political party, not as a response to competitors, organization problems, or personal factors. The strategic vision also helps to determine leadership style because it must be pursued vigorously. Those senior leaders who pursue a vision for the wrong reasons (e.g., personal gain, gain of their families, and dynasties) will be more inclined to value employee obedience over creativity. These evil leaders never allow people with more intelligence and drive than themselves anywhere near the leadership position. They are often choosing to serve under them what may be viewed as political dunces as an act of self-protectionism.

Their Followers: Evil leadership involves the interplay between the leader’s skills, the needs of the organization, and the demands of the government. Party-hacks/followers will act according to these factors by accepting or rejecting a leader and following the senior leader wilfully or mechanically, disregarding and cheering on every evil act. Some Vincentian people always choose nasty over nice, evil over good, look for leadership and guidance on how to achieve evil, and when their leader fails to continue his evil patterns and style, only then will they react to reject the leader. Crime rates, rape, robberies, burglaries, all soar under evil leadership.

Here are just a few examples of bad leaders:

Lack of direction (improper or no vision) except for their benefit

Lack of energy and enthusiasm (no passion) in anything that does not directly benefit themselves

Have poor judgement (poor decision-making processes) make silly statements like I am here to complete the work of Maurice Bishop, if I work Obeah I only work Obeah for the Lord, show me a liar, and I will show you a thief, I sometimes tell lies

Do not collaborate (sees no need to enlist the assistance of others) absolute refusal to recognize the good offices of the opposition political party even when they come with excellent proposals

Resist new ideas (obedience is valued over creativity and hard work) unless they are their ideas or those of their family or dynasty member

Lack of interpersonal skills (also unwilling to improve social skills) unable to accept anything or anybody who may be a political threat to them

Do not develop others (interested in themselves, not others) underdevelopment of others means they are kept down and not a threat

Use others to carry out evil, malicious, and spiteful deeds against those in society who may become a political threat to them

God is the great lawgiver; man is a lawless sinner. If God had not ordained government to order mankind, we would be a murderous lot of barbarians, and so he commands us to obey our laws and refers to every governor as his “minister … for good” (v4). If we obey our leaders, we will have a good reputation and a civilized society. Now verse 3 reveals the intended nature of our governmental heads, saying “rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil.” You see, Iran’s leader, Venezuela’s leadership, president, and chairman of North Korea, are to be to their people agents of lawfulness and good thriving. They are meant to be peacekeepers and maintainers of order. If, however, the leader is an enemy of the good, a terror to his people, and does evil before God, he will be judged, and the wrath of both heaven and Earth will be upon him.

All leaders are known by God and are either permitted or placed explicitly by him. Sometimes a section of the people clamours for an evil leader, and God gives them what they obviously deserve. But God can put whomever he wills in the seat of authority, so any way one looks at this, “There is no power but of God.” Which raises the question, what happens when a Hitler makes it to the top, or a modern example like Kim Jung-un, Maduro, and the Castro’s, what to do about them? It could be argued that the cultures behind such despots facilitated their rise to power, and from lack of resolve or concern for their fellow man, brought the awful results upon themselves. When considering how Hitler came to power, then persecuted Jews to death, and then began invading other countries to spread his poison and overtake the world, it is no wonder much of the world allied to destroy his regime. Today, the Korean dictator leads an officially atheistic government that persecutes religious minorities (especially Christians) to death, massacres entire clans of perceived dissenters and threatens those outside his borders with nuclear missiles. If his threats become perceived as legitimate, war will be fully justified to end his reign of narcissistic terror.

Finally, keep in mind the strong verse of balance regarding government’s authority: “If we have to choose between obedience to God and obedience to any human authority, then we must obey God” (Act 5:29 VOI).

Wrath may well be vented on the Vincentian people if la Soufriere volcano erupts. The stupidity of building a major medical facility close to it and the Argyle airport close to it will be obvious. Despite many warning about the volcano erupting, our leadership ignored the calls of common sense because they ran contrary to the leadership’s political views and dominance. The building of both those projects was political, not social, or commercial. Three-year projects each took nine years, overrun without penalty on the Cubans, a procedure designed to keep the Unity Labour Party in power.

When Soufriere erupted in 1979 volcanic rocks, microwave oven sizes crashed through the roofs of people’s houses in Georgetown. Today, those homes are next to the new Cuban built medical facilities there, the Vincentian ULP leadership knew this but for the sake of Cuban collaboration and solidarity continued and allowed the Cubans to develop our leading medical diagnostic and treatment centre right in the heart of imminent volcanic hail and gas inundation.

When you do something amorally, you do it in an ethically indifferent way, without stopping to contemplate whether it is good or bad. As with the word immorally, that can mean that what you are doing is wicked; it means that you are not concerned about your actions’ moral consequences. When you pay millions of taxpayer’s moneys to have boreholes drilled in the search for super-heated rock, where a new power plant will be successfully built. When you do that in an area for political reasons instead of commercial reasons, knowing there is somewhere better to drill is not amoral; it is most certainly immoral.

When people are driven out of their business because they do not support the political party in power, Bigger Bigs and many many other springs to mind, that is not amoral; it is immoral. When peoples land and property is taken from them by the government under the pretext of social good, that is immoral. Everyone who supports an evil leadership, knowing what that leadership is doing is immoral are themselves sinful beings.

The Lord works in mysterious ways, you can see the results in what has happened, and is happening to North Korea, Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, and so many other countries, now perhaps even Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

26 comments

  • Pleeease!

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  • ALTHOUGH YOU HAVE OBVIOUSLY MISAPPLIED AND MISINTERPRETED THE TWO TEXTS YOU HAVE SELECTED, THERE IS OTHERWISE MUCH MERIT IN YOUR SUBMISSION.
    THERE IS AN OBVIOUS CONTEMPORARY WORLD WIDE CHAOS THAT POINTS TO THE IMPENDING NEED FOR SOME INDIVIDUAL TO INTERVENE

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  • Who read what’s above the line or what’s below the line to post
    ?
    I just post what I feel like when I feel like it

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  • More chaos than WW 2?

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  • Intro: Pop Smoke
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    Back out, pole up
    Man down, roll up
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    Show out, show up (Grrt)
    Back out, pole up
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    Verse 1: Skepta
    All my niggas is ready to go
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    Back on tour with the gang and it’s sold out
    Twenty-two dates, I ain’t missin’ a show
    Got the ladies hittin’ my phone (Brr)
    Got the mandem hittin’ the woke (Greaze)
    Me plus ten on the list, they know how I’m comin’, I’m bringin’ the bros
    And I got G’s that’s stuck in the trap, no government name, they stick to the code (Ice)
    Left wrist Audemars Piguet, right wrist whippin’ the whip on the stove
    He don’t care ‘bout fame, he just tryna get rich on the low
    Chorus: Pop Smoke & Kid Cudi
    Show out, show up (See us pull up, pull up, grrt)
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  • Incoming Hip-Hop

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  • David;
    Perhaps it might be time to start another “latest happenings” post on the St Vincent La Soufriere volcano. The new magma dome looks very menacing, Scientists from Trinidad’s seismic research centre are due in this afternoon and the hazard level is at orange..

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  • Vincent Codrington

    It never rains ; but pours. We are located in a high risk area for physical vulnerabilities. One can never be comfortable or complacent about these. We can only pray for the people of St. Vincent.

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  • Some christian fascists want to have it both ways, pun intended.

    One, they argue that leaders are appointed or anointed by the nonexistent god in the sky.

    Two, they contend that leaders are essentially evil, ultra evil even.

    By extension, and as a mathematical equation, this must mean that their fake god is evil.

    Say it aint so!!!!!

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  • @Vincent

    The evacuation order is pending from last report, let us remember residents of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

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  • ONE REMEMBERS THE LAST ERUPTION IN ST VINCENT IN 1978 AROUND EASTER TIME

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  • Greeting Grown Ups
    we all the know non-reverend doctor is fucked up on God and his prophecies have more U-turns than a trump plan
    but maybe the end of world scenario is a training exercise for a what if scenario to mobilise heroes such as shark boy and lava girl you don’t need to worry about a thing as rewind can go back in time and save us before we die

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  • I expect that the volcano has been doing its thing for thousands of years. maybe hundreds of thousand of years. That is what volcanoes do. Hope however that everybody is keeping a sharp eye on the thing. Don’t know a lot about Vincy politics, but i doubt very much that God plans to rain volcanic violence on them because they voted for Ralphie’s party, and not for the other chappie’s party. I forget his name.

    As for the leader’s of Cuba, Venezuela, Iran, North Korea I doubt very much that they are more evil than many, many leaders living and those long, long dead.

    Thousands of years ago when nobody was living on St. Vincent and the volcano erupted who was God punishing?

    Are the leaders Cuba, Venezuela, Iran, North Korea more evil that Trump?

    Are they more evil than Boris?

    Is God also raining Covid on North America and Europe? Has he got something in hand for evil bajans too? Because everyday some Bajans are on this blog telling us how very evil we are.

    Maye it is our time too? Are we bad because we voted for Mia and crew?

    Help me out with this theology thingy.

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  • On 18 July 1995, the previously dormant [perhaps for thousands of years] Soufrière Hills volcano, in the southern part of the island of Montserrat became active. Eruptions destroyed Georgian era capital city of Plymouth.

    Since Montserrat was and is a British colony, and Queen Elizabeth was and is head of state, does it mean that the people of Montserrat [and “yes” several people died] were being punished for the evils of their leader, our Queen Elizabeth the second, who lives 4,000 miles away?

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  • RE Help me out with this theology thingy.
    WHY NOT READ THE OLIVET DISCOURSE INTER ALIA

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  • And Mount Pele in Martinique erupted between April 23 and August 30, 1902 when Martinique was a French colony and Émile François Loubet was President. Tens of thousands of people died. Does it mean that people including infants living 4,000 miles away were being punished for this leader’s sins?

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  • What are we supposed to be looking at
    The Future

    We can be heroes
    the takeover is due
    the next generation evolve
    and strive to survive and thrive
    and become leaders to save the galaxy
    and will help the aliens when they need us

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  • Cuhdear Bajan,

    Did you not get the memo?

    You are not supposed to mix logic and religion.

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  • GP December 30, 2020 3:59 PM #: “ONE REMEMBERS THE LAST ERUPTION IN ST VINCENT IN 1978 AROUND EASTER TIME.”

    @ Dr. GP

    The last eruption was actually on Good Friday, April 13, 1979. Volcanic dust fell heavily on Barbados during the night and early into Saturday morning.

    Volcanic dust fell heavily on Barbados during the 1902 eruptions as well. I have photos of people through the dust along Wharf Road and prisoners cleaning the environs of Parliament.

    We should offer prayers to our Vincentian brothers and sisters.

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  • Government ready to evacuate Vincentians
    By Barry Alleyne barryalleyne@nationnews.com
    The government of St Vincent and the Grenadines stands ready to evacuate around 20 000 people should the La Soufrière volcano have a significant eruption in the coming days.
    But Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves told the Saturday Sun there was still a sense of calm in the country, even as the mountain bubbled from the inside.
    “We are ready for whatever occurs. For sure, the population is more ready than it would have been in 1979,” Gonsalves said in a telephone interview on Thursday from Kingstown moments after meeting with government officials and the Trinidad-based Seismic Research Centre.
    He said part of the country’s emergency management plan included moving people off the island via air and sea should the volcano place citizens in danger.
    La Soufriere’s last significant eruption was in April 1979. There were no casualties, but grey ash scattered across most islands in the southern part of the Eastern Caribbean chain.
    Gonsalves said police and coast guard personnel are on high alert, the national security council had met with Cabinet, and a proper plan was in place should La Soufrière do more than send up gases and billows of clouds from its crater.
    “At the moment we have the matter pretty much in hand. We are getting scientific advice on the volcano every day. At La Soufrière now the steam is just oozing out, with some lava, but inside of the dome in the crater, and not outside the mountain. And we know that could go on for days, weeks, even months, as it did in 1971 and 1972,” the Prime Minister said.
    He added that what was happening was known scientifically as an effusive eruption, and not an explosive one. “We will remain on an orange alert unless it explodes. The people who could be affected in the northeast and northwest of the country are on high alert. They are very aware this could affect them.”
    At disposal
    Gonsalves, who recently earned another political mandate from the people of St Vincent and the Grenadines, said ground transportation and sea vessels were at their disposal should citizens from rural areas need emergency evacuation. “We have an evacuation plan and an emergency management plan in place, and we know we can count on support from our friends around the region, including Barbados.”
    He revealed that along with assistance from the Seismic Research Centre and the Regional Security System (RSS), St Vincent would also be helped by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency throughout the process.
    “What we have to do now is streamline what we are doing, and move with expedition if there is any enhanced activity. There is absolute calm and resilience now.”
    Gonsalves said he was also satisfied that citizens would act responsibly and not resist evacuation should there be an eruption.
    “A lot of people are more concerned about COVID-19 at this time, and we have our protocols in place, but Vincentians see this as just another one of the challenges they face living in a mountainous country. This comes with the territory that we are a volcanic island,” he said.
    Since La Soufrière started acting up earlier this week, officials have been taking photographs of the dome within the crater every day to get a firsthand look on what kind of activity exists at the mountain site.
    “We are even working on all travel arrangements should it come necessary. Once we get early enough warning we are satisfied we can move people out of St Vincent by air,” Gonsalves said, while noting that with more than 34 000 vehicles available, moving people to the south of the island could be done in quick time.

    Source: Nation

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  • Nathan Jolly Green

    Using aircraft for evacuation is out of the question when a volcano puts ash and volcanic debris into the lower and upper atmosphere. No boat can land at Georgetown, it is out of the question. Helicopter’s cannot fly during eruptions, even if they could there is not a single one anywhere in SVG. If the ash is really good SVG will be able to cut it with huge amounts of cocaine passing through from Venezuela. Goodness, how about the ganga? But I suppose they can increased the cocaine trade that they are all involved in. put this in your search engines ‘cocaine St Vincent and the Grenadines’.
    They have not even told the people to store some drinking water, when the ash comes water will become undrinkable. I suppose they can coke them up and they will not be bothered about drinking or evacuation.

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  • RE ArtaxDecember 31, 2020 6:16 AM

    GP December 30, 2020 3:59 PM #: “ONE REMEMBERS THE LAST ERUPTION IN ST VINCENT IN 1978 AROUND EASTER TIME.”

    @ Dr. GP

    The last eruption was actually on Good Friday, April 13, 1979. Volcanic dust fell heavily on Barbados during the night and early into Saturday morning.

    THANKS ARTAX
    SEEMS I WAS OFF BY A YEAR
    I JUST REMEMBERED THAT IT WAS SOON AFTER I RETURNED HOME FROM JAMAICA

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