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Commentary: Bribery! Who rewards, who refuses and what are the payoffs?
Published on January 11, 2017 Email To Friend    Print Version

By D. Markie Spring

Not only is bribery an electoral offence, it is a sin!

Remember when Christ, for 40 days and 40 nights was fasting and led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil? In modern political thought, the actions of the devil amount to bribery. Much attention must be paid to the way Christ responded to him.

Although the Christian faith advocates for Biblical principles; nowadays, it seems to lack the decorum to deal with and overcome the innumerable bewitchery of the graved political order – bribery, a prototype of the devil and promulgated ineptitude, encrusted by immorality!

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The author of a number of published works, D. Markie Spring was born in St Vincent and the Grenadines and now resides in Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands. He has an MBA from the University of Leicester, England, and a BA from Saint Mary's University, Canada
Matthew chapter 4: 1 – 11 indicates that the devil said to Christ, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” Christ, the upstanding Man responded kindly, “It is written, ‘man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” This is lesson number one!

Considering the devil’s persistent nature, he continued to taunt Christ’s morality. The devil then took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’ and, ‘in their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone. Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’” Another lesson for the brethren!

The devil insisted! He took Jesus up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory and he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” Apparently the devil thought he was speaking to a common man.

I could imagine Christ was becoming weary of the devil’s empty promises, then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’” Having failed three times in a row, the devil left Him alone and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.

There is no doubt in my mind that the devil is the pioneer of political behaviours. He waited until Christ was hungry to tempt Him. The thing that struck me most is, the devil presented all these worldly desires and material wealth that he, the devil, did not even own and offered them to Christ. Isn’t this the same material sentiments that politicians are practicing today? How can the devil promise the world when the psalmist David told us in Psalms 24:1 that “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.” Isn’t he is a liar and a deceiver – is he a politician?

The reason this question surfaces surrounds the ideal that some politicians are behaving like the devil. As empty as the devil’s promises were to Christ, so are those pledges offered by some politicians today. Promising empires and the world over in exchange for citizens’ support. The results are often lumber, galvanize, cement and steel. Additionally, some politicians are offering low income and no income bird cages, some so small in size persons could hardly twist without rubbing against its walls. These are, indeed, the world of promises.

Citizens are obligated to ‘weigh in the balance’, like the devil, do politicians own all the goodies they are promising? Aren’t these handouts the end product of the citizens’ own taxpaying monies?

Sadly, the countless job positions pledged to citizens are pulverized into a nugatory and pointless economic exercise translated into the YES program stints for a meagre $400 monthly; some are booted unto SET program for a basic $1,000 monthly for a year and others for a laughable four weeks a year – cleaning the drains and the side of the roads. And the list goes on, because there still exists a La Soufriere high of empty promises, yet to be realized.

What bothers me most is, like the devil waited until Jesus was hungry, so are the actions of some politicians. First, they annihilate the livelihood of citizens, making them poor and hungry, then they move in like predators and attack and tear apart the desperate and vulnerable hearts of the citizens, they’ve made poor. In fact, the citizens have become so poverty-stricken and wanting that politicians have initiated a poor relief program – accommodating them with solid $250 per month and most recently, the ‘zero hunger’ initiative.

Strikingly, many of our religious institutions have fallen victims to these shameful charities. With all these satanic practices across the liberal democratic state some churches are actually refusing to stand up for Biblical principles.

One cannot convince me that bribery is not satanic and those who proffered the use of this sweetener aren’t devil-like. After all, bribery was coined by the devil himself. Anyone who supports bribery is supporting what the devil attempted to do to Christ, the same God who all the brethren are worshipping today.

Rightly so, these same churches are condemning the members of their congregation who are supposedly weaker in faith and even non-believers within society who have fallen short of the glory of God – encouraging them to be Christ-like. Meanwhile, these saints are succumbing to the ghostly seductions of corruption practices. This raises the question, do our brethren really believe in what they preach?

This scriptural journey is not intended to point fingers or to reduce particular religious institutions; however, this is a careful pilgrimage designed to redirect some of our lost brethren to Biblical principles and that God’s words still stand tall above political cults. More so, we ought to encourage one another in the faith. It would be idiotic of me to place my fellow brethren’s necks on the block for slaughter, as I am aware that the Biblical warns us in Matthew 7: 1 that we must not judge, or we’ll be judged.

Furthermore, I am also aware that in the Epistle to the Romans, the Apostle Paul endeavours to edify the people that salvation is through Christ Jesus, reminds us in chapter 3:23, “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”

Particularly, my appeal is that we should aspire to be Christ-like and, as Jesus did to the devil in the wilderness, we must reject the evil callings of politicians and their fabricated worldly wealth.

Let’s not forget, Deuteronomy 8:3 charges, “He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” Further my brethren, Proverbs 3: 5 reminds us, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

With all these assurances from the Supreme Being and principal object of faith, why are saints trusting in the faceless bureaucrats within democratic society who practice rituals invented by the devil? This is baffling! How can citizens place their trusts in men and distrust the One who created men?

To bolster the gospel truth, St Marks 8:36 inculcates, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Coupled with this, Judas’ actions toward Christ wreck his own reputation as a follower of Christ. I had to ask, was Judas on drugs? Considering the blameless nature of Christ and the fact that God abides in Him, how can Judas betray Jesus for 30 pieces of silver? I am convinced that Judas had to be on ‘crack’. The further truth to this is that having collected his wealth, Judas in his guilt returned the money and hung himself.

This is a great lesson for all of us! Furthermore, it is of utmost importance that the brethren avoid hanging themselves because of their disloyalty of their own country through the guilty conscience of methodological individualism at the expense their fellow statesmen. From here on, it is necessary that they put an end to accepting the worldly possessions, which politicians are offering.

The brethren’s individualistic motivation and excuses stem from the fact that these are the last days and these setbacks must come to pass, therefore, ‘let’s leave the man’, they often cite. While I agree that these are the last days, there is nowhere in the Bible, which commands us to support such dreadful and tasteless actions or do nothing to quell these heinous situations. My simple follow up question to them is, “the Bible also speaks of sickness in the last days and since we are now in that era, when you become sick, why bother seek medical attention, why not stay home and watch yourself deteriorate under the chronic pain of your sickness, like you are doing to your country?” There is always a huge silence, then they disappear in denial of the truth.

In recent times religions and politics have been rubbing shoulders, vying for the championship trophy to the destruction of the earth, fastest and to the point of no recovery. When religions strike the earth with terror, politics fought back with full scale wars and sanctions. Up until lately, politics seem to have the edge over religion. As a result a number of nations are in an arms race for nuclear warheads. Inside the small democratic nation, politicians have replaced Biblical principles with their own doctrines and some citizens have been deeply indoctrinated. For them, trusting in God is a thing of the past – taken over by the ‘golden calf’ melted into a god.

Again, let me bring to their attention, Deuteronomy 6:13, “You shall fear the Lord your God and serve Him, and shall take oaths in His name.”

For those who are aiding and abetting the nailing of their country to a cross, I take this opportunity to encourage everyone to be Christ-like, and like Christ uttered from the cross, I beg – “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.”

Bribery is indeed a satanic threat to the stability of the liberal democratic state.
 
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Comments:

C. ben-David:

Your sermon seems to call any and every government programme in any country in the world "bribery," giving a whole new meaning to the term.

Poor relief (family assistance)? Bribery!

NIS payments? Bribery!

Scholarships? Bribery!

Assistance with building a home? Bribery!

No VAT on chicken backs and necks? Bribery!

The bridge at Rabacca? Bribery!

The new road from Kingstown to Layou? Bribery!

The new clinic at Buccament? Bribery!

Free treatment at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital? Bribery!

The price controls on van fares? Bribery!

The new Argyle International Airport? Bribery!

Obamacare? Bribery!

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Please, sir, tell us what is not bribery?


Peter Binose:

David we now all know you are the internet policeman and a PhD professor extraordinaire. But may I dare suggest you have overstepped the mark again in allowing your hatred for Markie Spring run out of control again.

What you have written is written out of spite and malice.

Your list of bribery items are just childish stupidity on your part. It really is time to stop this nonsense David. He never attacks what you write although I am sure he could find good reason.

I suppose now I must suffer your child like nastiness for daring to correct and comment on your comments. You apply that every time I remark on you spitefulness towards Marki and you are such a strict policeman I sometimes think you may be overstepping your authority.

C. ben-David:
Peter, please show some respect.

You are in breach of this site's new anti-ad hominem policy when you call me hateful, out of control (hence mad), spiteful, childish, nasty, stupid, and nonsensical.

Can't you simply present a counter-argument to what I wrote about Mr. Spring's ill founded comments about bribery? Is this because I was correct in what I wrote and all you can do is impugn my character and motives?

Don't you know that as hominem attacks are logical fallacies in which an argument is rebutted by attacking the character, motive, or other attribute of the person making the argument, or persons associated with the argument, rather than attacking the substance of the argument itself?

Stop attacking me and my motives (grudge, envy, hatred etc.) and start attacking the substance of my arguments or else I will begin proceedings to have you censured by the editor of the site, the first stage in having your postings banned.

Praemonitus, praemunitus.




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