A church in any country, county, community or society has to be the moral authority for that area. The church leadership has to be counted on in providing guidance and religious wisdom to the political leaders and the community at large. This is why mostly church leaders will be found offering guidance and counselling from children to adults, couples and even largely political leaders.
The bible however is clear that religious power and political power cannot mix. This is given in the book of Daniel where the fourth Kingdom is seen as both a political Kingdom (iron) and a religious Kingdom (clay), two materials that cannot mix.
“And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.” Daniel 2:41-42
Iron is used in the Bible as a symbol of ruling power. (see: Psalms 2:9; Revelation 2:27) It stands for Civil or State power. Clay is used in a figurative way in describing God’s people or church. Isaiah 64:8; “But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.” (Also see: Jeremiah 18:1-6)
But here we do not see just clay; we are told it is miry or dirty clay. Miry clay denotes filthy or corrupted churches.
The combination of the iron and miry clay represents the mingling of State-craft and Priest-craft which is an abomination to God.
The NCCK (National Council of Churches of Kenya) has failed in her mandate to be the moral authority in the Christendom of Kenya and we have seen many a times indulging in political affairs of the country.
It is so saddening that during campaigns, religious leaders sided with political leaders even indulging them in their churches to campaign when people had congregated for service. When the day of worship has been called by God a holy convocation (Leviticus 23:3). That means set aside, holy for worship, yet with full knowledge of the NCCK churches indulged political leaders for their richer tithes to sell their political ideas to the congregation.
Even when some fake pastors are caught on TV selling fake miracles, the NCCK seemed to have gone deaf and dumb and forgot its authority in disciplining such persons or banning them from using the word of God for fun, said persons are still pastors in Kenya.
Yet again, when pastors are caught on TV asking for funds to pray for people’s business, the NCCK was silent to the issue as either they have no idea of what their job is or they too are so caught up in the hypocrisy that its just stupid to point to the devil and say “Get behind me” while you are sleeping with the same devil.
Some pastor came out asking for money to ‘check if your name is in heaven’ the NCCK was silent on the issue-i would dare presume that they too went behind our backs to ask that pastor-hey is that for real? Can you check my name?
Kenya has been filled with fake pastors, fake prophets, fake preachers, fake miracles, fake televangelists but the NCCK seems to live in utopia where they think God is perfectly ok with it.
The other weekend Kenyans stood out to a shock of how degraded our morals have been in the Machakos Masaku 7s rally when young and old people indulged in alcohol and sex worship. Alcohol was sold on the streets like paper, sex was their on the streets, in corners, in car boots, in lodges. Ladies were dressed like prostitutes in the thousands. Some on their way to the venue were stripping naked on the roofs of their cars and laughing loud kissing like one big devilish orgy. Yet the NCCK, a body that is to represent the moral authority of a country did not stir nor stand up and declare a National day of prayer and mourning for the sins Kenya has committed.
When people were massacred in the thousands in 2007/8 nothing happened from the NCCK. When people are killed daily by terrorists, The NCCK does not stand up for those people as a Nation to bring Kenyans before God.
But when it was a high profile political gathering in the run up to the General elections in 2013, the NCCK came out to kiss the politicians in a sham prayer for Kenya. And when the CORD, the official opposition of Kenya has called for a rally, The NCCK is calling for a National day of prayer in the run up to that rally.
When the NCCK has been needed most, it has failed to show up, but when political influence is reflected, they never miss an appointment. Maybe it is time to get rid of these sham. Maybe religion as we know it in Kenya, maybe Christianity in Kenya is slowly dying away.