GM: Who Colt The Game! In St. James, in Jerusalem and in Tivoli. Thank God for Jesus we have a solution for all our deepest fears! A Balm in Gilead indeed.
1. UPDATE: Barrels repackaged, shipped to Jamaica after massive gun bust – https://t.co/I3oZFTBjac
This news rocked the entire nation! Setting off a virtual firestorm of questions. Are we at war ? Is this the first time? Who is really responsible. One person, or is that just the tip of the iceberg? What kind of ‘ dog hearted ‘ people are these who would import weapons to kill and main and intimidate?
Is scamming at the root of it all? Or are there much deeper links to the criminal underworld? Are the Americans finally going to get serious and help us prevent killer weapons from entering our island?
Is this conduit the main source through which guns have come to be used to cause so much bloodshed and mayhem in St. James.
Is there a political link? Or just badness and wickedness at play here?
May God have mercy on us!
2. In 2 years of covering @UN, never seen all 14 members of #UNSC unanimously condemn the actions/decisions of another member as they are doing w/#US #Jerusalem today.
The decision by Donald Trump to reverse years of US policy of not recognising Jerusalem, as the capital of Israel, has set off virtual firestorm of protests in Palestine.
Does he want to start a war there? Why break ranks with so many other world leaders; and former Presidents? What’s the end game? Can this controversial act really make for peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians ? Can peace really be brokered between these two ‘ biblical enemies’ ? Is there a connection between Trump’s reversal of US policy and #NIDS…. yes I am serious. Watched it on #CVMTV tonight. During a discussion about #NIDS and the ‘ mark of the beast’; so said Bishop Roan…
Forgetting that in Christ we have a new and unique identity, that no #NIDS and no Mark of the Beast can disturb.
3. Moments ago I made an official apology in parliament for the Tivoli Gardens incursion. #Tivoliapology https://t.co/iIlJPuw6oA
And set off a firestorm of questions and comments on Facebook and Twitter :
‘Apology accepted’ – Tivoli resident says statement of regret from PM brings closure to loss of son https://t.co/gdVYLb71jA
The apology is good, Holness isn’t to blame for the incursion, however, until US Embassy JA’s involvement in the actions in Tivoli are shown to J’cans, it’s a hollow apology. https://t.co/Ug9vsrAnp4
Noel Richards @enr102562
Reneto Valentino DeCordova Adams said Tivoli would cost Jamaica dearly, dearly, dearly and we have made this vilified cop a prophet. First of all, the lives of civilians and security forces that have been lost. The shed and unshed blood caused by this small radius in Kingston. The political dishonesty over decades, the prisoners it has taken, the careers it has taken. Broken families, lives and hearts because of this community. And here we are again. Doling out more money. The cost of Manatt Phelps and Phillips commission. The cost to rebuild the police station destroyed. The cost of the Simmonds Commission. The hundreds of millions doled out in the aftermath of the offensive. The millions now to be paid. And millions more, because some of the individuals may have civil cases again the state. Only for this to happen again in 30 years, if so long, mark my words.
We are destined to repeat history, because we continue to breed criminality. Lest we forget, when we start immortalising the conceptuliser. A legacy of evil.
….Erica Virtue ( Facebook) a highly respected journalist who ‘ takes no prisoners’…of whatever stripe, colour, religious or social status.
All of us created Tivoli.
All of us created Spanish Town, parts of Clarendon …
Our silence fosters criminality in its worse forms in those areas….
Emily Crooks….another no nonsense journalist and popular talk show host @emilyshields
See @cliffnationwide I have an issue with #RonnieThwaites saying ONLY the @jlpjamaica was responsible for what happened in #Tivoli. Isn’t it @PDPhillipsJa who signed the #SecretMOU, no-one knew of it and so admin had to investigate when extradition request was made?
Why would the Gleaner list the names of persons getting payout from Tivoli incursion, including the amounts to be received?? What the hell!!
Ketchy Shuby @astrolopicticcus
That lady from tivoli made a serious point, whilst she’s grateful for the apology by the PM she doesn’t believe that our current PM should be the one apologizing.
So as Jamaicans say, ” Who colt the game”? Who started all of this madness that ended up with Dudus becoming #ThePresident, #Presi; and whose extradition and resistance to it, by the state, led to The Incursion, to mayhem and Death, and extrajudicial killing and Apology, and controversy in the land?
Did the ‘ madness’, begin with Tivoli alone? Or were there other political actors? And other war zones! How far back did the ‘ rot’ start? Who will apologise to the Jamaican people for starting the madness of giving out guns to secure political gain; and in the process started the ‘ original war’ .
I would suggest that it is that context, that must locate the seizure of 115 guns as the latest revelation of a historic malady.
May God have mercy on us all. In Jamaica and the world!
Thank God He has! Has mercy. In the Life, death, Resurrection and Ascension of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
But most of all through the great Redemption wrought of Calvary.
The definning moment in the beginning and the sustaining of The Christian faith!
A gift to all mankind. Jews and Gentiles! Israelis and Palestinians! People in Tivoli and people in the Parliament! Bishops and journalists! Scammers and importers of weapons of death! JLP and PNP! Afro girls and Brazilian hair girls! Bleachers and natural! Man U supporters and Gunners supporters! Trump and Trump! Must be two of them. Can’t be one!
And when The Church and its Bishops and people lose touch with the Cross, according to St. Paul writing to the Church in Collosae, we ” lose touch with the head”, and therefore get carried away with all kinds controversies. Including associating #NIDS with The infamous Mark of the Beast. And get excited and over concerned with #Endtimes; when our Lord clearly told us only to ” keep watch “…..as no one knows the time nor the hour, not even the Son. Only the Father”.
And so I was led to post this message during the week:
A TIME OF HEALING : AND ALL WHO CALL UPON THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST ARE WELCOME
As I read the Collect ( prayer for the week) and Old Testament Reading ( a section) for the worldwide Anglican Church in my #earlymorningdevotions just now, I thought of the Prayer and Repentance meeting in Half-Way-Tree over the weekend.
And felt the assurance that in Christ, on Whom ” we wait ” during Advent, the prayer, The Collect, and the Prophetic Word from Isaiah, has been answered and fulfilled. ” Call Him by His Name” says the chief organizer on TBCFM, Rev. Shuttleworth. Let us call His Name, Jesus, a lot today, and scatter the darkness which has enveloped our beloved country
Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Comfort, O comfort my people,
says your God.
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
and cry to her
that she has served her term,
that her penalty is paid,
that she has received from the Lord’s hand
double for all her sins.
A voice cries out:
“In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be lifted up,
and every mountain and hill be made low;
the uneven ground shall become level,
and the rough places a plain.
Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
and all people shall see it together,
for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
Therefore as we welcome the season of Advent, a time of ‘ waiting upon the Lord’, let us accept the comforting words of prophecy that Isaiah offers once again, after thousands of years. And find Comfort in the fact that:
In Christ, all unanswered questions are made known. All fears calmed. All anxious hearts are stilled. All sins forgiven. All tears dried up. All apologies given and accepted. All capital cities become of no relevance. Only the New Jerusalem, coming from above, will matter. All issues of the Mark of the Beast put to bed. All rulers will have to bow. All secrets will be known. And all things become new.
As one fine day, in God’s own time, there will be a new earth and a new heaven. And a new Jerusalem. The city of God. Where no more Trump can cause mayhem. No more weapons of death. And no need for apologies. What a day that shall be. But only those whose sins are ‘ covered by the precious Blood of The Lamb ‘ shall enter.
Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of wicked, or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of lockers, but his delight in in the law of the Lord….. Psalm 1:1-2.
“O Blessed be The Lord God of Israel, for He has visited and Redeemed His people. And raised up for us a Mighty Salvation, in the house of His servant David ” sang Zechariah when his Son John the Baptist was born. A song ( The Benedictus) in my heart this week.
Let us therefore, in Christ, sing a new song in Jamaica, in Palestine and in America, this new morning. For Jesus Christ is Risen from the dead. And thank God so are we in Him, raised to a new life. Free from Controversies and Evil. And empowered to love one another. In Jerusalem. In Tivoli. In St. James.