Lenten 2014“May they all be one…” John 17:21

Jesus prayer on unity is very crucial to us as Christians. Jesus walked on earth in perfect unity with his Father’s will. This is what he wanted us to imitate. The early Christians had also their share of disunity too. There were many of factions, and divisions and doctrinal arguments. In all things we must always seek is what unites us than what divides us. This lent we must look for ways and means that we can be united as a nation. Unity should be seen as a tool for evangelisation. The very root of our fallen rebellious and selfish nature discards unity. This masquerades itself in the form of greed which breeds hatred. Satan’s strategy is to bring disharmony, suspicion and bickering. We must ask ourselves the following questions.

What kind of unity do we want?

How are we going to achieve it?

For us to be united, we have to accept constitutionalism, respect of the rule of law, inculcate and entrench ethical behaviour in our lives, fight impunity and greed, and remove all manner of hatred.

When one reads posts on the social media and blogs, one is left wondering where Kenyans are headed. The amount of explicit and implicit hatred that exhibited in the texts is capable of disintegrating our country.

We cannot claim that the country is divided because of an election, yet we are comfortable with the leaders we have chosen in various parts of the country. Elections in every country in the world always produce two divides, the government and the opposition. Although claims of poll rigging are alarming and need to be investigated and addressed appropriately, this is not reason enough to sow seeds of discord and hatred.

As we said in the last year’s Lenten Campaign, unless we see those elected first and foremost as Kenyans, then we are doomed. As Pastor Martin Niemöller said:

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In Germany they first came for the Communists,

and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist.

Then they came for the Jews,

and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.

Then they came for the trade unionists,

and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Catholics,

and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant.

Then they came for me

and by that time no one was left to speak up.

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With the kind of hatred and negative ethnicity perpetuated by all and sundry, Kenya may not survive as a nation. We must go back to the basics and promote democracy, meritocracy, equality, equity, inclusiveness and justice for all Kenyans. If there is one Kenyan discriminated because of his or her ethnicity, we shall not have unity in Kenya.

Ultimately, we must heed Our Lord’s command ‘Love one another as I have loved you’ (John 15:12). Every time love triumphs unity trumps disunity. So, as we discuss and share the weekly topics let us remember to ask ourselves how we can achieve this unity we are craving for.

 

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