Letters | Was Dr. Hubert Minnis appointed PM by God?
In Sir Randol Fawkes’ “The Faith That Moved the Mountain”, the late T. Augustus Toote, prominent barrister-at-law and mentor to Fawkes, reacted to the principle of majority rule for black Bahamians by saying: “Touch not God’s anointed,” which is an Old Testament verse. Toote’s mindset was that the Bay Street oligarchs were appointed by God to rule the colony. He was right. While many black Bahamians had legitimate concerns about the policies of Sir Stafford Sands, Sir Roland Symonette and their white minority administration, Toote had strong biblical backing for his position.
The late British philosopher, Bertrand Russell, in assessing Aristotle’s politics, said in his “A History of Western Philosophy” that a “government is good when it aims at the good of the whole community, bad when it cares only for itself”. The second half of that quote aptly describes the United Bahamian Party government.
As a Christian and Bible scholar, I am of the view that the Free National Movement (FNM) and Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis were both appointed by God to govern the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. This is something some Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) supporters aren’t willing to accept due to partisan politics. To them, Minnis has become a very polarizing figure. In a recent Facebook debate I had with a staunch PLP supporter, I asked her if Minnis was appointed prime minister by God. Her ambiguous response was that the FNM is the Old Testament King Saul administration. Saul was removed from his kingship after rebelling against God in the Amalekite affair in 1 Samuel Chapter 15. He was replaced by his own armor bearer, David, son of Jesse the Bethlehemite. Being from the tribe of Judah, David’s ascent to the throne was in keeping with Israel’s prophecy in Genesis 49:10, which states that the scepter will not depart from Judah. Saul was from the tribe of Benjamin. His end was ignominious.
PLPs who are familiar with the story of David and Saul are of the view that Minnis is an interim leader like Saul. The answer of the PLP Facebooker mentioned above reminds me of the late Sir Lynden O. Pindling’s attitude toward the newly installed FNM government of former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham in the days, weeks and months following the August 19, 1992 general election. In part 10 of Michael Craton’s biography of Pindling, Craton stated that Pindling considered the PLP’s election loss to be nothing more than a fluke. To him and other PLPs, Ingraham was an interim prime minister. I consider myself to be in the unique position to render an unbiased opinion on this controversial subject. You see, in January 2013 I wrote in The Nassau Guardian that bitter FNMs needed to get over the fact that Perry Christie was God’s delegated authority as the then sitting prime minister. I was back then a member of the FNM Facebook group The No Spin Zone. FNMs were furious with me for voicing my opinion that we all as Bahamians should cover Christie in prayer, and that we must respect the office of prime minister, no matter how we might feel about the individual occupying that office. Back then I wrote that if Christie was to enact any legislation which subverts biblical law, God would deal with him in his own way. Those words have proved to be prophetic. After going against the church in favor of the numbers boys in the gaming referendum, Christie and 34 other PLP candidates lost their seats in the 2017 general election. Christie is the first sitting prime minister to lose his seat. That has to be God. In any case, how do PLPs who view Minnis as an illegitimate leader get around Romans 13:1, which says that governments are ordained by God? What about John 19:11, in which Jesus told Pontius Pilate that the latter’s authority was given to him by God? Mind you, this was the same Roman governor of Judea who sanctioned the brutal execution of Jesus on the cross. Yet Jesus did not get into a heated discussion of whether or not Pilate’s rule was legitimate. To him, it was, much to the chagrin of the Jewish zealots who were violently opposed to Roman occupation of their homeland.
Or what about Jeremiah 28:14, which states that God had subjected the southern kingdom of Judah as well as the surrounding Gentile kingdoms to the authority of the Babylonian monarch Nebuchadnezzar? What about Isaiah 45:1, where God calls the pagan Persian King Cyrus his anointed? What about in 1 Kings 19, where God commissions his prophet Elijah to anoint the pagan generals Hazeal and Jehu to rule over Syria and the northern kingdom of Israel, respectively? In Titus Chapter 3 and 1 Peter 2:13-14, the apostles Paul and Peter, respectively, admonished the first century church to be submissive to the Roman government, which was headed by the notorious Nero, who, interestingly enough, put to death both of the apostles in AD 64 or thereabouts. In light of Nero’s despicable character, as mentioned by the Roman historian Tacitus, if there were anyone who had good reason to question Nero’s authority, it would have been Paul and Peter. But neither did, for biblical reasons. They knew that notwithstanding Nero, God had placed him on the throne of Rome after the untimely death of Cladius.
The great German reformer Martin Luther said in his Table Talk that temporal governments are preserved by divine authority. In the final analysis, Symonette, Pindling, Ingraham, Christie and now Minnis were all appointed to the post of prime minister by the sovereign of the universe. To argue otherwise is to oppose the biblical position which was held by the prophets and the apostles. Like Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel Chapter 4, I am of the view that the God of the Bible is sovereign over every square inch of this massive universe. Nothing, not even an infinitesimal atom or molecule, is outside the sphere of his authority. And that includes who gets to govern this country every five years!
— Kevin Evans