Kenyans are headed for elections in Mar h 4th 2013. The elections are going to be an historic event for Kenya for several reasons among them is that this would be the first general elections under the new constitutional dispensation. This means Kenyans for the first time will be voting in 6 leaders in different capacities. Their shall be the President, The Deputy President, The Governor, The Senator, The Member of Parliament and the County Representative.
The said elections have elicited lots of emotions and opinions especially as regards to the elective posts and the showdown of political parties during their primaries were nothing democratic. From bribery, fraud, favoritism, malpractice and all the ills that you hope political parties will hide away from the general public. That being said, this is not a political website and as such our comments shall not be political but moral.
This brings us to the second reason that is creating jitters all over the local and international scene. The last general elections were disputed and the aftermath left hundreds and life lost, hundreds of thousands displaced and probably millions of lives scathed. The history surrounding the 2007/2008 post-election violence in non to be retold and we hope none to be repeated.
Several people have already foreseen tension arising in certain communities during the build up to the oncoming general elections and the fact that four people are indicted by the International Criminal Court at The Hague does not seem to help the matter. According to the ICC the four bear the greatest responsibility for the violence that rocked the nation during that period are shall face charges. How the case in the minds of Kenyans was changed from suspects facing a court to clear their names to being a chosen few being persecuted by the West is a different issue. In now seems that this people are the sacrificial lambs a situation that may not help ease the tension during the elections.
But in order for us to understand who we are we have to understand clearly we have come from. The story of creation. Genesis 2:7 depicts God as creating Adam individually and represents him to be an intelligent, moral being rather than as an animal. The text does not say, but one can imagine God using His hands to form the dust into the intended shape and size. One might think that the great Sovereign of the universe would not stoop to get His hands dirty in the making of man, but the Bible reveals the Creator as One closely involved with the Creation.
In other words, there was express importance in God himself molding man into shape. But before that there was a discussion about the creation. Genesis 1:26: And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
God created us in His image, which means, among other things, that He intended for us to resemble Him in character. That is, we are to be like Him as much as is humanly possible (notice, to be like God is not the same thing as to aspire to be God, a crucial difference). In order for us to be like God, in the sense that we reflect His character, we must have a proper understanding of what that character is.
The story Jesus told involved two men from different people groups, groups that were antagonistic toward each other. But Jesus showed that they were neighbors. Each was within the other’s sphere of responsibility, and God was pleased when their differences were set aside and one treated the other with kindness and compassion. Luke 10:29-37
In the contest of the political realm, politicians shall never see you and I as we are. There was once a time that a friend of mine and I were seeing a lady off to board a matatu (Public Transport Vehicle). The fare for that time was ten shillings (10KES). A certain matatu made as top at the pick up point and the tout alighted to ask if we would board the vehicle but the lady declined waiting for a more ‘fancy’ vehicle to come along. The tout commented this in Swahili
“kwani munanikazia 30 bob” (you denying me thirty shillings?”).
In essence, the tout in us did not see three human beings breathing as he did a breath given us by God himself. No, he was 10 x 3people and knew thirty shillings in air.
The same notion is applied to politicians. In a gathering, they will not see people but votes. Politicians will value you by your vote. Walk up to a politician and ask for an audience without your voting card and you will not get one.
Another tale is of an astronaut who during an interview described his experiences while orbiting the planet. According to him, as was going up Europe, he found that he was having a hard time telling the countries apart from each other. He said the reason for that was that the lines that are in the maps are not in the ground.
It makes a great point. These lines really don’t exist. They are made up completely and they perpetuate this illusion that somehow we are all different from each another. I think the world would be a much better place if someday we stopped pretending that these lines exist and we start concentrating in our similarities rather than our differences. (YANNI)
We are united in that we all descended from one woman, Eve, and from one man, Adam. And God is the Father of us all. This fact is the basis of human equality. Think how different human relations would be if all people recognized this important truth. If we ever needed proof of how far fallen we are, of how badly sin has damaged us, we have it in the sad fact that humans often treat one another worse than some people treat animals.
Many factors have divided the human race: political, national, ethnic, and, of course, economic. The economic factor is, arguably, one of the most consequential (though never to the degree that Karl Marx envisioned: the workers of the world never did unite; instead, they warred against each other based on their nationality). Today, as always, the poor and the rich often regard one another with suspicion and disdain. How often these sentiments have led to violence, even war. The causes of poverty and the solution to it still continue to baffle us (see Matt. 26:11), but one thing is sure from the Word of God: rich or poor, we all deserve the dignity that is ours by virtue of our origins.
Everyone who ever lived will meet together in God’s presence to face the judgment. The difference between the two groups in Jesus’ parable is how each person treated those who were in need. The Creator is interested in how His creatures treat each other, especially those who are needy. There is no place in heaven for the principle of natural selection; it is contrary to the character of the God of peace. Matthew 25:31-40
If the Bible teaches anything, it teaches that the justice so lacking in this world will one day be meted out by God Himself. More so, the whole idea of judgment implies a moral order: why would God judge, much less punish, if there were no moral standards to which people could be held?
Kenyans should not let any politician divide on any other grounds. It is a high time that you don’t let your tribal affiliations cause you to sin against another for in the end we are one.
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Lesson 5 Creation and Morality