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.


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.


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