This Sermon from Samoa takes a lead from Tuila’epa’s recent landslide ‘victory’. I explain how this achievement fits into the two power structures as Samoa’s 2016 Election results are interpreted by the victor deceptively. The MSM provides shallow commentary as political power opposes the biblical power that Jesus manifested, thus platitudes that include the word “God” from Samoa’s political leaders deceive and are a stream of power that oppose His real purposes.
It’s blasphemy in Samoa to speak ill of others in public, for it brings shame upon the people and country. Diplomacy rules here. Far worse is for a foreigner like me to do so, and even ‘worser’ if I speak the truth. The role of the prophetic though is to speak Truth forth without fear or favour. While my eviction from Samoa as a result of direct speech is an ever-present reality (indeed I have been informed of suggestions from highly placed leaders to have my immigration status “reviewed”) those of us who care are compelled to speak the Truth. My primary intent here is to explain and teach – personal criticism comes secondary to this and is only personal in the sense that it is of course individuals who play the game of politics and have acted against me personally.
Samoa’s Prime Minister Tuila’epa has recently led his HRPP party to an electoral victory across Samoa. The Tautua opposition party has been decimated and he is rightfully a proud man. In an electoral sense this is indeed a spectacular show of strength, especially after more than a decade as the top dog in the dog-eat-dog world of Samoan politics. It is though a stunning display of the dichotomy of power that has existed from time immemorial, in fact from the Fall in the Garden of Eden.
Two Opposing Streams
Two opposing streams of power have existed on our planet since the Fall – on one hand the Word and purposes of God, and on the other the political power systems of man, ably represented by the political power of Tuila’epa and his cohorts in Samoa.
Make no mistake about it, the Prime Minister of Samoa is a man OF power, WITH power and who lives FOR power. His quest for power has mimicked that of all political leaders as long as man has sought to control others. This control came in through deception in the Garden of Eden when mankind’s first two chose to take what was on offered . . . to be like God. Indeed when tracing the world’s power systems back through time and geography one always ends back at the same source – the one who claims to be light – I refer here to Lucifer of course.
At the other end of the spectrum is the One who also claims to be Light – and of course from a Christian perspective this is none other than the One from Galilee, the Messiah. To all accounts and purposes this incredible struggle for power resulted in spectacular victory upon the crucifixion of Jesus, yet those daring to step forward and ask the question will find that His life was anything but done and dusted on the cross, for the Gospel message is that He is very much alive and well. Seated at the right hand of the Father who works in and through and around and with the political systems of man as if a kitten toying with a dead mouse.
Mechanics of Power
In keeping with the two opposing streams by nature are two forms of enabling and achieving power. Darkness achieves power through deception, bribery and coercion. Light revels in transparency, truth and gentleness. Power of coercion is violent and has an aura of urgency and self-righteousness, all packaged with a veneer of goodness.
Power of love on the other hand has a peace and tranquility. It is a joy to imbibe it but it has a high price – our pride, thus it is commonly despised and viewed as weakness. To sacrifice in love is simply not the way of the power systems of man.
Bribery – Samoa’s Cementing of Power
Asking people who they voted for and why, brings the truth out in short order . . . WIIFM.
“I voted for XXX . . . because they [will] have helped me” is the essence of Samoa’s process of election every five years.
The alarm bells will be ringing for the discerning now for election bribery, where politicians the world over promise and sometimes deliver ‘goodies’ for the masses in order to obtain power is the same the world over. Sometimes this slips outside of legal boundaries, especially historically in Samoa, but it’s the same forces at work whether it is inside or outside of the law.
Deceptions & Delusions
The primary deception in the public political systems for the last century (or a little more in some jurisdictions) is that democracy is good. It’s not. It never has been nor will it ever be. It is simply the majority exercising their will over the minority (51% determining the fate of 49%). Sometimes this will align with God’s will. Sometimes it won’t but the overall trend is away from the Lord and His purposes. This is a systemic thing; it’s structural and has inevitable consequences as predicted in scripture. The impending business/financial and political implosion is becoming clearer now to many with burgeoning and unserviceable debt to privately owned Central banking interests.
Democracy is the ideal system for evil, period, as the first example in the Garden of Eden has showed us when mankind conspired (i.e. voted) to conduct their lives outside of the Creator’s clear unequivocal instructions. I explained this in greater detail when I warned Samoan Christians not to vote in order to protect themselves from assigning their god-given authority to those hungry for power.
Obedience to God’s requires faith and according to the Bible, it is the outworking of faith that pleases God. Participating in a system of political control that Jesus condemned and ignored is not exercising faith.
The Christian Perspective
Voting within a democratic system of government places the dominion that God granted us at the outset under the authority of the evil one EXACTLY the same as Adam and Eve did so many years ago.
The alternative is to listen to and obey the Holy Spirit – an activity that wrests the authority back from the powers of darkness and places it where He can do what He wishes on planet earth.
Politicians come and go. They strut their stuff on the stage for a while; Tuila’epa knows how to do this very well. I actually shudder not so much at the thought of Tuila’epa strutting the stage for another five years but at the thought that I will be subjected to another five years of the same shallow bleating from the Media.
I conclude with the sentiment that the bible says that “the people get the leadership they deserve”.