Justice Be Our Shield And Defender

Defender with shield and sword - reflects attack. 3d illustration

This is one of the statements that is derived from our national anthem, Kenya. The national anthem itself is a prayer:

(verse: 1)

O God of all creation

Bless this our land and nation

Justice be our shield and defender

May we dwell in unity

Peace and liberty

Plenty be found within our borders.

(verse:2)

Let one and all arise

With hearts both strong and true

Service be our earnest endeavour

And our homeland of Kenya

Heritage of splendour

Firm may we stand to defend.

(verse:3)

Let all with one accord

In common bond united

Build this our nation together

And the glory of Kenya

The fruit of our labour

Fill every heart with thanksgiving.

This, justice, is one of the key pillars in the task of our national building whose main concern is fairness, equity,impartiality, objectivity,.. These are terms we hear and encounter daily, practice or even act contrary to them. How often are we real to these words in executing them? Is this one of the life expectations that qualifies the statement: life is full of surprise and irony? Is injustice not so rampant tracing its genesis from our families, societies, fellowships, nations, worldwide, etc?

Justice is what every heart longs for; but, in one way or another bias is the outcome. At such moment we ask if there is any just man. Or whether justice means anything to anyone. The good news is that men may fail to be just even if not all but there is one who is ultimately just in all His ways: YAHWEH. He has created us to be like Him and emulate His virtues.

Injustices is more likely to be faced by the poor while favoritism is likely to be experienced by the rich and wealthy one. The reverse is rare. God has already said it in Leviticus 19:15 …”‘Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly. This says it all.

Leviticus 25 sets out some outlines which were meant to create a stable society where everyone had a sense of belonging. However, with time all this was lost and buried in the graveyard of forgetfulness. Nehemiah 5 gives a good evidence to this due to the outcry of the Jews who had returned from captivity and the experience they had due to the injustices that were occurring by then out of breaking the standards of Leviticus 25. This is a reflection of our today’s society in that the words of our national anthem have become void and myths which have resulted to a man eat man society – his is the beginning of the lack of desire to live in such society or even to let the generations to come  to find it.

However, all is not lost. There is a people standing for justice and it also gives us a chance to stand and change the society beginning from right where we are at. The responsibility is not cast on the leadership but on all of us; all of us. As a christian, i believe that when we have the fear of God and the honour and respect of all people in the acknowledgement that we share the same origin and bear the image of God, we will treat them as ourselves. Would like to be treated. Justice is founded on love. But as the scripture puts is, one cannot serve two master but one has to prevail. Matthew 6:24″No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. There is always a choice to make.

-a bible study guide by FOCUS Kenya: nation building

The Lord Searches………And Rewards

 

One of the undeniable truths I have seen in the Old Testament is the fact that priest and prophets were very critical to the rulership of the kingdom of Israel. From the likes of Aaron, Samuel, amongst others. They spoke of or for God to the people and the kings who also inquired about God’s direction and say over issues. They were more of ‘intermediaries’ between people and God.

Accountability is key to a group of people or even individuals. It’s the aspect of being answerable to someone. Its essence cannot be overemphasized because it is key to our day to day life as well. I presume that the priests and prophets kept the leaders accountable to whatever they were dedicated to do because they couldn’t stay mute when kings and their leaders and subjects took the wrong counsel and decision or fail to give them input or advice or share the LORD’s voice over various matters. Such was Joash who became a king at the age of 7 years and reigned for 40 years under the priesthood of Jehoiada.

During his inauguration there was a covenant that was established in the house of God that He would serve as per the counsel and instruction of God. There is evidence that he observed this covenant. His zeal for God moved him to the restoration of the temple to its original state and tore down even the altars of Baal. They: king Joash, the priest and all the people continually offered sacrifice to God ALL THE DAYS OF JEHOIDA THE PRIEST. However, after the death of Jehoiada there was a paradigm shift. The people bowed unto Joash, I guess to be allowed to worship their other gods (idols). They went back to idolatry. The efforts of Jehovah to persuade them to true worship through the sending of prophets fell on deaf ears for they would not pay heed to them.

Zechariah, the son of Jehoiada the dead prophet, is put to death between the altar and the temple for calling their actions to account. The people were agitated by the truth with which Zechariah spoke and conspired to stone him with the command of king Joash. Later king Joash is killed by two men who were part of his leadership and bore the pain of the death of Zechariah. This was after invasion by Assyrians.

By Joash accepting people’s request seems as if it was an opportunity for him to exercise full authority without the influence or questioning by anybody. He had a desire to give authority and make decision freely without aid. After all there was order and he needed his influence and say to be felt. After this his name must have been on the lip of everyone.

Secondly, to affirm his position and strengthen his decision, he authorized the killing of anyone who rose to challenge that which he has allowed. He validated his decision by bloodshed; a situation in which Zechariah falls a victim. But he forgets truth stands unshaken. Times change but truth doesn’t.

Paul asks the Galatians about their bewitchery in that they started in the spirit but are ending up in flesh. It seemed that they had kicked off well and progressed a while but when left by themselves they turned to other things. Joash started it all well and the unfolding was splendid but upon the ‘departure’ of Jehoiada they turn to idol worship. Behold how true it is even with our lives. That the love for God overtakes us but as time unfolds we become conformists to the worldly patterns. When we are with brethren we are okay that time but when time to depart and go our own ways like change of location, place, group, job and we are new wherever we are at we get new masks or our real we comes out of us. Unfortunately or fortunately, wherever we go there once a time will be a man or woman who knows you and will ask what on earth has happened. During them days in campus someone could show you some guys who were chairpersons of their high-school Christian Unions in their high-schools and the two scenarios couldn’t reconcile. As far as they are away anybody who knows them they are ‘real’ to the world. Likewise after campus for some of those who were in Christian Union.

The most undeniable truth is that from men you can try to hide but unto the omnipresent and omniscient God you can’t hide. Truth has it that everything lay bare before Him including the deep things of life. Accountability to men is essential and unto God it is more than essential. If we are accountable to God truthfully, then unto men it will be possible.

  • 2 chronicles 24
  • Luke 49-51
  • Galatians 3:1-9

It’s not about the abundance possession

December is the month that’s marked with a lot of festivity especially in Kenya whereby we have Jamhuri day on 12th, Christmas on 25th together with 24th as its eve day, boxing day on 26th  and 1st Jan with 31st Dec as its eve. It is the month of unleashing that which we have been saving for times like these. It is a time of fun, entertainment, pleasure, merry and others with our friends and at different places.

In line with this am reminded of the parable in Luke 12:16-21. The concern of this farmer was to have his storage upgraded because he anticipated a plentiful harvest that season. This indicates how hardworking the guy was and how he had strived for an increased harvest to be realized. This is indeed quite commendable. However, the problem that is evident is his perspective and perception for life. His main agenda and concern was all about pleasure, merry, drinking and fun. He said to his soul: Lu 12:19 ‘And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.”‘

Eating, drinking and merry aren’t evil but they should not be the ultimate objective of life. God’s response to this man’s thought was that he was a fool because he was rich enough yet poor in the things of God. A man’s heart is where his wealth is laid. If it is in God, theirs is life; but, if in pleasure, that’s a castle and a storage for destruction. In citing this parable Jesus Christ is not encouraging laziness nor discouraging handwork, not at all, He’s warning people against the error of living life that’s defined by the materialistic world. That materialism is not all that there is.

After having fun and all that pertains to these celebrations we must ask a fundamental question: what’s my ultimate goal and purpose in this life? Am I rich or poor in Christ? The challenge He has called each of us to be is in Mathew 6:33…But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. One actor said that His desire was that all people on earth would grow reach and wealth for them to realize that we need more than that; God.

And I conclude then with Luke 12:15b…. for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses. It is in finding Christ Jesus and having Him as the Lord and redeemer on your life.

There Is Always A Choice, But One Master Will Prevail

In Kenya, amongst the Agikuyu tribe, there is a proverb that goes: ‘mugarura igiri ndagaga igucura’ (one who is cooking two pots at ago will have one of them burn). This was and is used to warn people who are undertaking two chores simultaneously and especially things that are not correlated at all… studying and watching movie. The reality is true because the two tasks that one is engaging in will require total concentration and energy and attention as well as time. Life is full of choices to make and Billy Graham had it well when he used to say that ‘indecision is a choice and a decision too’. But even in saying so, an individual has to make a stand because it is either you are in the stand of A or B, or…. Depending on the choices given but at the end one will have to stand for something.

We make decisions on what models of car we want to own, the furniture we want to have, whether we want to report to work on a certain day or not, the attire to have amongst others. It is worth noting that all these choices have what gives them a preference and the conditions around them as well as the consequences… choices have consequences.  At times we ignore and overlook and suppress the prevailing conditions so that we can take the options of that which makes us feel good. And this is so because one will not take the two or several choices and options at ago. One master will prevail.

Mt 6:24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. (NKJV). God has created us, human beings, with freewill so that we can be able to make choices of our own which makes us different from machines. The desire and the will of God is that we may live for Him, choose Him and do the right things. Once one has purposed to love God with all their soul, mind and spirit then it will be easier to conduct ourselves in a manner worth of Him; a choice and decision He cannot force anyone to take against their will. To be a believer, a non-believer, an atheist, an agnostic, amongst others are choices that we make.

The man Joseph who was a dreamer had an issue with brothers which saw him being in the land of Egypt. Potiphar’s wife saw desired to lure him to have sex with her because she desired him so much. After all no one could have seen or known it. This, I believe, could have earned him more favours with ease because Potiphar had a rank in that land. Am also sure, by the same mean that he would have gained those favours would Joseph had maintained them. But, he chose the route of God. Ge 39:9 “There is no one greater in this house than I, nor has he kept back anything from me but you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” (NKJV). Joshua when speaking to the Israelites had this to say to them Jos 24:15 “And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (NKJV).  Our lives are worship. It is a matter of the master we are choosing to serve. We cannot serve because we’ll have to let go off one and embrace the other. It is either we serve God or Satan but not both. It doesn’t matter how we camouflage and baptize it, we are under one.

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man–and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them. Ro 1:18-32. Thus, the preference of those that choose to the hate God is not the absence of enough evidence of Him and who He is but the suppression of the available evidence… this creates a room for self-freedom in doing what pleases the individual. The reality is that whatever is not of God is of the devil.

The conclusion of the matter is, in life, there is nothing like sitting on the fence and taking the two option at ago, it is either you are of God or of the devil. This is because choices will always be there but one master will prevail. De 30:19-20 “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the LORD your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.”

True Loyalty

Loyalty is the state or quality or state of being loyal; fidelity to a superior or duty, love. It is the act of binding oneself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action. It is generally the feeling of allegiance. The reverse and opposite of this is betrayal and abandonment. Loyalty establishes a link between the partakers involved. Loyalty is key among and between couples, friends, organization, associations, etc. betray to a friend is the worst thing one could do to those whom that they have trusted. The establishment of loyalty is established via various methods. In Kenya, we have the loyalty pledge whose some of the words are, ‘I pledge my loyalty to the president and the nation of Kenya…’ Which illustrates that all Kenyans are to pledge loyalty to the CEO of Kenya and the nation at large. It sounds good, doesn’t it? But is that the case on the ground where by tribalism, rampage, looting of public funds, trading of justice, exploitation amongst others? This is an act of pinning people’s hearts.

This is an all-world experience: betrayal. Our own Lord Jesus Christ was a victim of betray from one of His own, Judas Iscariot with whom He had spent three years. Irrespective of that, He had the eleven who maintained their course of allegiance to Him. An old testament by the name Daniel who had true allegiance to God. Being in the land of exile, Babylon, he stood to his call of worship and duty to serve his purpose amid the vast challenges that were there. The king had ordered that they should be indoctrinated with the Babylonian literature. But in the course of all this, he remained faithful to God irrespective of the repercussion that would arise of his lifestyle of failing to conform to the patterns of the Babylonian rue. In the same time was the three friends of Daniel: Meshack, Shadrack and Abednego. The threat of being furnace or being served as meal to lions did not change their loyalty to God. The Disciples of Christ Jesus after His departure took the course of advancing the Gospel after that which they had experienced and witnessed of the Lord Christ Jesus which was a root cause of that which they experienced later on. This was included of facing tyrant rule which killed many, all of them, but they would not give up on the believe in the person of Christ Jesus. This brings forth the beautiful song:

I pledge allegiance to the Lamb, with all my strength, with all I am, I will seek to honor His commands, I pledge allegiance to the Lamb

I have heard how Christians long ago, were brought before a tyrants throne, they were told that he would spare their lives, If they would renounce the name of Christ, But one by one, they chose to die, The Son of God, they would not deny, like a great angelic choir sings, I can almost hear their voices ring

I pledge allegiance to the Lamb, with all my strength, with all I am, I will seek to honor His commands, I pledge allegiance to the Lamb, Now, the years have come and the years have gone, and the ’cause of Jesus still goes on, Now, our time has come to count the cost, to reject this world, to embrace the Cross

And one by one let us live our lives, For the One who died to give us life, Till the trumpet sounds on the final day, Let us gladly stand and boldly say, I pledge allegiance to the Lamb, with all my strength, with all I am, I will seek to honor His commands, I pledge allegiance to the Lamb

To the Lamb of God who bore my pain, who took my place, who wore my shame, I will seek to honor His commands, I pledge allegiance to the Lamb, I pledge allegiance to the Lamb, with all my strength, with all I am, I will seek to honor His commands, I pledge allegiance to the Lamb.

Jesus Christ presented to us a model of allegiance and loyalty. Irrespective of Him being aware of the sufferings awaiting Him, He never changed His mind no matter what. He remained faithful to the course so as to bring salvation and redemption to mankind. He had a big image of what He was to bring to the universe. The disciples saw the bigger image, living for God and serving Him and worshipping Him eternally. They saw the crown of life

When we give ourselves to God, he comes and dwells within us. He reward them that seek Him diligently (Hebrews 11:6). This is the part of our effort. Grace is not opposed to effort, but earning. The allegiance of men can shift based on various issues and circumstances but the allegiance to God will never fail.  He has already proved to humanity that he can be trusted and tats what he is looking in us. He expects us to be true to His call. We’ve been given a chance to trust in Him and experience His faithfulness for He will help us to stand. We are called to pledge our allegiance to the Lord.

The War Is Shifted

When war is mentioned, it really raises the eyebrows of many people. This is so because in one way or another they have either experienced the first hand impacts or read the impacts of war. Additionally, the reaction of a normal person cannot be compared to the reaction of the soldier themselves. These reactions are so because everyone knows that warfare and war zones are not a walk in the park. It is a matter of life and death. Victory in a warfare is dependent on how well the soldier is prepared, the equipping, how well they are informed amongst others. It worth noting that the Defence forces of every nation are ever preparing and prepared, equipped and equipping and so on so that when the time for war comes, they will be in a position to face the enemies; not for leisure but for a win/ victory, otherwise they will nourish worms within no time.

Retreating is not surrendering, hence soldiers do not always win. They keep on retreating and attacking again till they win. The retreating is an opportunity to strategize and go back to the drawing board and attack the enemies again. Warfare didn’t emerge in 21st century but goes back to the olden time. The times of the great kings of Israel and even before. Warriors and kings like David who was a man of sword and fought many battles and taking victory after victory. Of the most popular one was the special weapon: the sling and the stone which he used to kill the philistine’s hero, Goliath. Samson who was a mighty man of valor and distinction used a donkey’s jaw to kill a thousand. The likes of Joshua, Caleb and others are men who fought with courage and victory was their portion. These men had something in common: they trusted in Jehovah for their victory in the battles they engaged in.

The coming of our Lord and redeemer Christ Jesus has taken the battle to a step higher especially in the model of engagement. Ephesians 6:10-18: Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints. This is to illustrate that the battle is mostly spiritual.

Every military unit has a commander. Thus, the commandos act with his direction and orders.  Thus, Jehovah is the commander in when it comes to fighting the spiritual battles. As a matter of fact, He has already won the battle on our behalf. He has laid down our commands which we are to follow for us to win this battle physically, the Bible.  Every physical battle has its genesis in the spiritual realm. Immorality, tribalism, racism, drug and substance abuse amongst others are physical with their origin in the spiritual realm. It is all about whom we are taking instructions from. It is catastrophic to fight spiritual battles physically. Doing so will only appease the battles for a while.  He who is a believer in the Lordship of Christ Jesus and His atonement is a conqueror for He lives in us and has already laid the victory before us. There will be ups and downs in any case but when we allow the commander to play His role, then we will win irrespective of the time span it takes. Above all, to take instructions from a commander you must belong to his military unit. Thus, to everyone who want to be of Christ’s Unit must belong to His unit. This will only happen by accepting His sacrifice on the cross; believing in His atonement and accepting His Lordship. All of us have equal opportunity because no one is rejected by Him if we come to Him. Taste and see that He is good.  Invite Him into your life and see the difference.

  • Book by John Bunyan and movie : Pilgrim progress by John Bunyan

Learning it God’s Way

When God has something to teach He sends me a teacher. Ever thought of the impact of love. It is easy to show and to extend love. I must confess that this is only easy when it comes to the aspect of love with relation to our family members; may be our wives, dads, children, pals and everybody else who is so close to us. But, what about those people who are not in any way close to us? Those strangers whom we little know about or who know us not. Especially when we don’t share ideologies or they even hate us? How we then ought to replicate or how do we tackle the whole issue?

Since the beginning, God has always been the God of love. In this case I am talking about Yahweh the creator of heaven and earth. No wonder the bible says that out of it He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16-21). His major concern is that none of us should be condemned or perish. Thus, He came to that level for us to understand His love towards us. There is a vast evidence of testimonials in the bible and nature itself that illustrates the love of God. Just but to mention the pilgrimage of Israelites from Egypt to Canaan to Babylon, amongst many others.

The expectation of God upon us is that we will reciprocate the same to other people including those that we know and those that we don’t. You note that Jesus through his love irrespective of the ill experience from the people of different perspective didn’t give up and as a result of this he continued the push. He was tenacious and endured it all. Men were reconciled to God and an opportunity is granted unto us all to seek God and all this is the fruit of love.

Love ought to be both theoretical and practical. It has to be talked about and expressed practically. James in his epistle writes to us that faith without actions is dead and so is love. Loving for any negative motive is not love but hypocrisy. Many may just have read but never knew Christ personally yet He died for all. We who are believers in the atonement and lordship of Christ Jesus have known who He is and this forms part of our mandate as to what instruction he left to us in Mathew 18:18-20. We know that there is something good found in the believing of our lord Jesus Christ and that’s the reason why we must be the image of Christ here on earth. We are not bound to colour of the skin, nation, tribe, boundary, etc. we are to be Christ like whereby our concern is to see all come to the knowledge of Christ who is the way to God the father.

Think of a man trying to reach a fellow man or workmate with the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and he keeps on being rejected because his skin is dark. The magnitude of racism. It takes longsuffering and patient heart to reach out to the same person with the awareness of the result. When God want to teach, He’ll bring us the teacher our way or the source of that lesson. The person could be exhibit every manner that’s opposite of that which God want us to learn. They may hate, be stubborn, nagging, impatience amongst others. However, within time the person changes their heart and they are receptive; giving an ear. A time comes when they need an organ donation or even a critical assistance and you bring them to their knees at the foot of the cross through the assistance. If love is to be mentioned in us, then we must connect to the source of the love and that’s God and that will only be so via the acceptance of the atonement and lordship of Jesus Christ. At the mention of love, Grace will be made mention too. Once we connect to the source, from us shall there rise rivers of these two.

The sensitization here is that we must be quick to learn and understand when and how God is on the move. Above all, we must be keen to listen to the conviction of the HolySpirit.

Movie: The Grace Card

Leadership must-haves: power and authority

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By Dr. David Oginde,

When the leader of the most powerful nation on earth realized just how powerless he was in the face of some laws of his nation, he broke down and wept. Early this year, President Barack Obama wept openly, and in front of cameras, as he spoke about the rampant deaths of school children at the hands of rogue gunmen. He was particularly moved by the deaths of 26 people including 20 children, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. But his deepest frustration came from the fact that, in spite of these many deaths, gun lobby groups had stood against introduction of laws that would control easy access to guns. Congress appeared to play ball, leaving the President almost helpless.

Likewise, President Uhuru Kenyatta last week publicly expressed deep frustration over rampant corruption the country despite his efforts to curb the vice. “If there is one…

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THE SUBSTANCE IS CHRIST

Recently I had paid a visit to my upcountry home and many things unfolded in the course of my stay within. A relative passed away and there was mourners and the society’s prayers every evening. At the same time, a lot of other issues were happening and this caused pain because some cases were suicidal. That I must accept was bad and demoralizing to the community. The position of church within the society is to set the pace for the society, present the gospel and the person of Christ to them, and give direction amongst other roles. However, when the body of Christ fails in this responsibility, all that’s left is for the secular society to take over and lead the arena which is catastrophic.

We, the believers in the person of Jesus Christ as the Lord and Saviour, are salt and light of the society. Any time we talk of a rotten society especially amongst the young adults and teenagers and children alike, we will have to take a deep look at the elders and the older adults of the society. They are the ones from whom the rest look unto. When one induces a concept into the minds of a young person, they’ll live that as the ideal.

The problems lie in when the society thinks that going to ‘church’ is what will change the evils and the wickedness that is in the society – am not saying it doesn’t but that’s not the ideal. That is just a short-term solution which will soothe the society for just but a while. Then, what does it take to change the society? When one washes a cup in the outside and not inside, no one would dare drink from that cup. In application of this concept, a man will never change what he is until inside changes. Thus, when I listened to the 5 speakers who spoke every evening, I was agitated because all they were emphasizing was on how men and women ought to behave well and we’ll make a society that’s hard to destroy. And I reminded myself of the tower of babel and I saw the failure of that statement. A man cannot be changed unless is soul is transformed. And what transforms the heart of every human being is not what he reads or hears but what he believes. All the literature and other information just informs ones decision on what to believe and it’s after that that the man is changed. Christ has never been given a place in one’s heart and the person soaked into ungodliness but rather the opposite is the true – the individual becomes an agent of righteousness, holiness and every good work. The heart of man is desperately wicked but the lord brings salvation unto it. If am to see, off course you ain’t out of the equation, a changed society, then every one of us has to have a changed and a transformed heart which can only happen when we have made ask Christ for the answer. There are very many testimonials about his power to transform once an encounter with him has happened.  The church should remember the ancient path and the ideal solution: Christ is the answer.

Romans 12:1-2, Jeremiah 17:9-10, Jeremiah 6:16

Film Constitution Rights versus Moral Values

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By Dr. David Oginde,

Ezekiel Mutua is at it again! This time round, the energetic CEO of the Kenya Film Classification Board is seeking to control the content of movies delivered through online platforms. Mr. Mutua has proposed amendments to the laws governing classification and licensing of film, stage plays and publications so as to include new media platforms.

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Of particular concern to the Board is the unbridled broadcast of what is has described as immoral content through such channels as YouTube and Netflix. As would be expected, there are already more than murmurs from some quarters, especially those who feel that the board is overstepping its mandate. Advertisers, writers, filmmakers, bloggers and actors have rejected the proposals arguing that they are not only punitive, but go against the spirit of the Constitution. This is not the first time Mutua is at loggerheads with media industry players. Indeed, in some…

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