Wednesday, May 12, 2010
This Biblical phrase summarizes the dilemma that Christians in Kenya face on the constitutional review process. To vote ‘NO’as the clergy keep exhorting them to do, from the pulpit, from the media houses, from crusades and from prayer rallies, or to vote ‘YES’ as the political leaders keep requesting them to do. The Government has given the Draft Constitution a thumbs up, and will be going out of its way to ensure that it is passed, while the clergy is readying for a long and winding battle against the same.
This is historic, and not the only time the church and state in Kenya have been on either side of the boxing ring! We only hope that this particular duel will not result in an unhealthy paralysis, especially as Kenya seeks to rise from the ignominy of the 2007 post Election Crisis. But duel, they must. Unfortunately, the rules of the duel are not yet set and the State is likely to have its way, anyway!
The Church is adamant, that the principles of a ‘Godly’ State and an upright moral society need to be protected at all costs. That society has to listen to God’s words, or else the consequences will be dire. Last Sunday in my local Church, I watched helpless as the preacher used the allegory of Sodom and Gomorah as he prophesied about Kenya’s future, especially if the Constitution would pass as it is. We just watched, some amazed, some shocked but others clearly disgusted. Some just shook their heads in disbelief! The Church just wont let go, and they could as well sway a significant number of believers to vote NO, either way!
On its part, the State is defiant. In fact, the State is boisterous. It has a timetable drawn only by blood, it has a time bomb its trying to desperately defuse, since the clock to 2012 keeps ticking away. The Government has to ensure a new constitutional dispensation before the next general elections. The quest for reforms, a major yardstick of its commitment to bequeath unto Kenya a fresh nation, devoid of injustices, impunity, poverty, corruption, landlessness and other ills that have continued to plaque the country, lies stoically on promulgating a new constitutional dispensation. On this particular issue, the Government smells a victory, and it’s really a deserved one. But the church just won’t bulge.
We the Christians just watch helplessly, a monotonous game of oratorical garbs are traded, from church to state, state to church, no let up, no reprieve, no consensus, no dialogue, no agreements just a promise of a long three or so months. But, NO, we are not helpless. We can be part of reason. We can rise up and decide to respect the State and the Church, but we can as Christians, choose the only path that can guarantee our future a sustainable livelihood. We can let logic drive our thought processes, and we can reason to choose the lesser devil. Abortion, Kadhis courts, land issues, and any other new discoveries within the Draft Constitution may not make sense now, but we can chose to make them sensible and sound.
We can decide to discuss these issues and to be tolerant to others opinion, but Christians in Kenya must decide to read the document and make their own conscious decision. The clergy should desist from using the pulpit to campaign against the document, since a large percentage of the people with voters cards can be able to decide on their own. The State need not coerce, nor force, nor fire, nor intimidate, just ensure that Kenyan Christians access the document and understand it fully.
Then and only then will we be able to tell, what belongs to Ceaser or what belongs to God!!!!
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
The Catholic Church and evangelical leaders in
In fact, it’s clear now than ever before that they are not about to listen to any one. They either have it their way, or else they sabotage
I beg to submit that these courts are harmless, and are only enshrined in the constitution to protect the interests and the way of life of the Kenyan human beings who ascribe to the Islamic religion and its resultant way of life. While the Christians or people who profess the Christian religion in
The Christian leaders claim that the Draft Constitution regards all the religions as equal but goes further to give Kadhis courts more prominence than the other religions. This is just a blatant lie. In truth, a proper and objective context of this assertion can only be found through a rigorous analysis of the concept and background of the constitution in place right now. Indeed, the Constitution as currently structured and even the form of government we now have is a relic of colonial times, inherited stock and barrel from the departing missionary colonial chiefs. Only cosmetic changes were introduced to recognize in passing the customary/traditional laws that our ancestors used to ascribe to.
Hence, it’s important to note that the current constitution is based fully on the principles and values of a Christian way of life. For instance, things like polygamy are frowned upon if they are to be conducted by the state, both in the constitution and in Christianity. But the Islamic Community bases its livelihood on the constitution and some core principles of the Islamic religion, hence in matters to do with civil issues, they ascribe to a law that is in fact repugnant to mainstream Christian churches doctrines and teachings. The constitution has to respect this fact, and protect the minority by providing for courts that can expressly interpret such issues!
Otherwise, it will be a human rights violation to enforce a law based on Christian fundamental beliefs to people who profess the Muslim faith, especially on civil matters. What the Kenyan Christian are trying to do to Muslims in
The Christian leaders’ further claim that if Muslims have their courts, then Christians should also be allowed to have similar courts enshrined in the constitution. But then, is this even feasible? Or is it a reflex reaction based not on any factual objective explanation but motivated by petty jealousy and xenophobic tendencies? Are Christian denominations even organized in their doctrines, or haven’t we witnessed endless confrontations, disagreements, confusion, on all things Christian except their collective love for Jesus Christ? Then what court would fit this scenario, and of what use will it be?
Let Kadhis Courts be, if they are meant to handle civil issues between people who ascribe to that way of life, then so be it. If your religion is and must always be right, then you are the problem, not religion. As religious leaders waste their energies on this debate, the 2012 elections are fast approaching, and
Stop distracting us, Kadhis courts are not the problem, we know what