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‘Tumbleweed is good at disguising itself’ – Claude O. Skelton-Cline

- said unworthy leadership will arise in the absence of worthy leadership
Former Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA), Claude O. Skelton-Cline, while delivering a sermon at the New Life Baptist Church in Duff’s Bottom, Tortola on Sunday August 13, 2017, warned that the lack of strong leadership in the Territory could lead to incompetent people, who he termed as tumbleweeds, getting in to power. Photo: VINO/File
Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline has criticised the leadership of the day for ‘cancelling Emancipation’ because he feels that they should not have cancelled such an historic day but instead they should have only cancelled the events that the territory celebrates in the name of Emancipation. Photo: VINO/File
Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline has criticised the leadership of the day for ‘cancelling Emancipation’ because he feels that they should not have cancelled such an historic day but instead they should have only cancelled the events that the territory celebrates in the name of Emancipation. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – “Where there is the absence of worthy leadership, unworthy persons will lead. Where there is the absence of worthy leadership, unworthy leadership will arise.”

This is according to Claude O. Skelton-Cline, former Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA), while delivering a sermon at the New Life Baptist Church in Duff's Bottom, Tortola on Sunday August 13, 2017 and streamed live on Youtube.

Pastor Skelton-Cline, a former elections candidate with the National Democratic Party (NDP) in 2011, has been advocating for the Virgin Islands’ government to step up and make a change that will make the territory better for its people.

He stated that there is nothing more dangerous than putting men and women in position of authority that don’t do what they say they will do but instead they try to intimidate you to get what they want.

“See we have allowed some people to take power, not just in government but in our churches, in different sectors who ain’t got no business being in power because most people don’t know how to handle power. Power is intoxicating. Power will make you drunk. The highest form of power is to empower,” adding that power will make someone do things that they have never done before.

‘Tumbleweed is good at disguising itself’

Emphasising that there is a lack of strong leadership in the current Government, Pastor Skelton-Cline’s warned that this could lead to incompetent people, who he termed as tumbleweeds, getting in to power.

“You can’t take no shade under a tumbleweed. Tumbleweed can’t provide no shade but it sure can start a fire. Sometimes the tumbleweed is good at disguising itself. It can look pretty on the outside like it had the potential and the possibility to be a fruit bearing tree because of how it looks on the outside.

Pastor Skelton-Cline pointed out that there are some persons with some “cunning and conniving” and very “slick tongues” that are able to convince people that they can do something but in truth they cannot.

“Whenever and wherever there is a vacuum of leadership, somebody will lead, even if it’s a tumbleweed. That’s why we ain’t getting nowhere. That’s why we can’t get anywhere because we got tumbleweeds,” emphasised Pastor Skelton-Cline.

Leadership not on target

Meanwhile, the clergyman criticised the leadership of the day for “cancelling Emancipation” because he feels that they should not have cancelled such a historic day but instead they should have only cancelled the events that the territory celebrates in the name of Emancipation.

According to Mr Skelton-Cline, “You don’t cancel Emancipation, you can cancel carnival. You can cancel all the other stuff that we do in the name of Emancipation. However, if leadership was really on cue and on target, leadership would have said we have to finish righteously even though we started some things unrighteously. We still have a responsibility and an obligation that we ensure that we celebrate our Emancipation.

He further commented that everybody was too busy arguing with each other on whether or not they should cancel the “bump and grind,” noting that they were asking the wrong questions.

23 Responses to “‘Tumbleweed is good at disguising itself’ – Claude O. Skelton-Cline”

  • Amen (16/08/2017, 11:32) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
    peach preach preach
  • Altar (16/08/2017, 11:37) Like (16) Dislike (7) Reply
    Words, words , words i would have been a beleiver if the words some people spoke defined them. They are just deceptive and arrogant. Sometimes the message is good. The messenger is the problem. "He that is humble shall be exalted. The person that exalts himself shall be brought low"
  • Listen (16/08/2017, 11:47) Like (18) Dislike (1) Reply
    Altar, if the message is good, then hear the message. You were never asked to lift up, glorify or follow the messenger. But woe to the one who ignores the message because of who it came from. God used an ass to speak to Balaam. Be wise.
    • @listen (16/08/2017, 14:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      TRUTH: God used an ass to speak to Balaam.

      But did Balaam listened to the ass? If memory serves me right, his eyes were physically made open to see the angel with the sword. Will any of us get that chance today? Are we not going to use our spiritual eyes to see that we are in the last days to change our ways?
    • LeBong James (16/08/2017, 15:17) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
      In all honesty, this was a moment of enlightenment; as simple as your comment may be, it was powerful.
    • yes (17/08/2017, 09:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Amen
  • jah (16/08/2017, 12:15) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    I will listen the word if proven true . However they are a set of wolves in sheep clothing but God be the judge
  • opps (16/08/2017, 13:26) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    He know what he's saying, you must know. Preach it preach. You have seen it right where you at.
  • Street reporter (16/08/2017, 13:51) Like (1) Dislike (7) Reply
    Agreed..... Soccer players play in rain Storm...NFL play in Rain Storm...these athletes worth billions of dollars..Antiguan, Kittittian. Vincentian jouvey in Rain Storm..... Make it worst we cancel the ships.. Its like we close our doors to outside business..Heavy rain will always fall. Strong wind will always blow. We can't create a culture of shuttling shop if trees fall or rain flood... Life goes on.
  • @listen (16/08/2017, 14:14) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Glad we can have a dialogue without insulting each other
  • musa (16/08/2017, 16:23) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    good job stick to preaching
  • yes we can (16/08/2017, 20:53) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Claude is speaking the truth
  • wet (16/08/2017, 23:10) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    We need to return to democracy and sanity with leaders who represent the will of the people.
  • 1 (16/08/2017, 23:16) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    I agree.. he is taking the TRUTH.
  • DON Q (16/08/2017, 23:25) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    When a politician speaks out of 'both sides of his mouth', he Illustrates a tenet of his profession, yes. But do we as citizens not understand that our task is to "think for ourselves"?
    Our decades of mismanagement has consequences!
  • Separate it? (17/08/2017, 00:35) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Just an idea but why not do the carnival side another time like maybe St Ursula's when there is normally less chance of storm? Keep emancipation holiday for lower key family and friends and cook out and lime and cultural events, talks from our elders along with our own cultural music and arts, maybe some debate or TedX type event but on our cultural vision and other vision for the nation. A more carnival ting by November is the start of the tourism season as well so it may be a better or another tourism event/product. Some other island have a carnival or food fete or something to stretch the season earlier. It may not be the right thing to do or something else might be but I think it may be a way of enhancing the bvi emancipation and cultural side and giving it oxygen while letting the people also have their national carnival. Not too religious but I also see maybe we could be better than dancing like rutting dogs. Our ancestors had fun widout dis. 1love.
  • vi (17/08/2017, 11:01) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Pastor Claude is the realest. Preach Pastor Cline. Don't mind the naysayers; we love you
    • Please... (18/08/2017, 10:58) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      You love him... I think the pastor is correct with what he's saying but I also think the pastor not no better than the people he's talking about; he just thought he was one of the boys and had to find out that he'not. "loyal soldier" I think was the term lol. Now the NDP is the devil.
  • No Judge (17/08/2017, 12:41) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    He needs to apologise to Dancia he has no credibilty!
    • Freedomofexpression (17/08/2017, 20:43) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      How much more apology she needs. The man was on this site and said he apologize for his words. Give the man a break, nuh? All you too like to keep in things. The man said he sorry. Go back in the archives of this paper and you will see. Let us all hug up and kiss up and go on. It is time to unite, not fight.
  • The roundabout! (17/08/2017, 21:47) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    “See we have allowed some people to take power, not just in government but in our churches, in different sectors who ain’t got no business being in power because most people don’t know how to handle power. Power is intoxicating. Power will make you drunk. The highest form of power is to empower,” adding that power will make someone do things that they have never done before.

    Are you serious CSC? Empowering people do better is one thing, empowering them to do shit is another.
  • 1 (17/08/2017, 22:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I find it unfortunate that our press pays so little attention to these events.


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