By Blamuel Njururi, Citizens Against Corruption National Coordinator, Nairobi – June 8, 2017
One thing must be very clear to all of us. No one is born CORRUPT. It is an individual choice when one succumbs to temptations by way of bribes in cash or favours including sexual, political, job opportunity, promotion or simply a consideration for short cut to wealth
Beginning with this article Citizens Against Corruption will be running a series of religious sermons on CORRUPTION as the major driver of our Nation’s socio-economic miseries and what you, as a believer in God’s Powers, can do to reverse the rot our country has sank into.
We are living in a country sinking in social decadence with no moral, governance or ethical values. A country yearning for moral rearmament and spiritual Salvation by the Almighty God. Every Kenyan must search deep into their conscience to determine what life and country we intend to live in and bequeath our future generations.
During General Election campaigns Kenyans are fed to empty promises of a better life in future if they vote for politicians, many of who have chosen politics as their avenue to riches founded on deep-seated poverty upon their electorates. Many a politicians are the people with big homes, big cars and big farms in a neighbourhood submerged in a sea of bottomless poverty. These are leaders who believe in telling naked lies to win political offices guided by the doctrine of Politics of Poverty.
Prominent politicians in the capital city of Nairobi live in the capital city’s palatial homes in exclusive Karen, Muthaiga, Runda and several posh residential estates while the bulk of their voters languish in slum settlements of Kibera, Mathare, Kimbiu, Mukuru kwa Reuben to name a few in shacks without piped water, toilets, basic conveniences or even access roads.
Yet the poverty-ridden electorate vote back the corrupt politicians to power for several terms without demanding better living conditions or projects that can provide good education, medicare or create jobs for their children. To many life is a vicious cycle of poverty. Corruption is a holocaust destroying the Kenyan Nation.
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This is what happened in the years leading up to the Biblical Genesis flood. Society was so completely corrupt that God decided to wipe humanity from the face of the earth. Genesis says God was actually sorry that He’d created people. His heart was broken at the depravity and violence that was taking place in the land.
Most versions inadequately express God’s response as grief. He probably was sad that humanity had drifted so far from Him, but God could also be described as enraged and indignant at the sin taking place before His eyes.
How did this happen? What perverted society to the point that God had no alternative but to wipe the slate clean and start over again? It was an issue of leadership. The people who were supposed to be administering justice were instead abusing their power and oppressing the people over whom they ruled. This is prevalent in Kenya’s criminal justice system where justice is for sale.
But one thing must be very clear to all of us. No one is born CORRUPT. It is an individual choice when one succumbs to temptations by way of bribes in cash or favours including sexual, political, job opportunity, promotion or simply a consideration for short cut to wealth.
That is why the Holy Book advises; “Put on the new personality which was created according to God’s will in true righteousness and loyalty.”—Ephesians 4:24.
Corruption has brought great empires tumbling down. At its height, the Roman Empire was the greatest human administration the world had ever seen. Roman legislation was so effective that it is still the basis of the legal code of many countries. Despite Rome’s achievements, however, her legions were unable to conquer one insidious enemy: corruption. Finally, corruption hastened Rome’s downfall.
The apostle Paul was one who suffered under corrupt Roman officials. Felix, the Roman governor who interrogated him, apparently recognized Paul’s innocence. But Felix, one of the most corrupt governors of his day, delayed Paul’s trial, hoping that Paul would give him money to secure his release.—Acts 24:22-26. Delaying corruption cases in order to extract bribes is common in Kenya.
The “sons of God” were most likely kings who claimed to be descended from the gods. In other words, they purported to be semi-divine beings or demigods. The earliest written records indicate this tendency was common among ancient kings. The Mesopotamian city-state rulers as well as the early Pharaohs all considered themselves to be gods. They were the elite with unquestioned authority. That explains why politicians in Kenya, form Members of County Assembly to Governors, Members of Parliament and Senators, whose tenure has no limit want to cling to offices for ever.
Genesis tells us that these god kings abused their authority and power. Rather than look after the interests of their people, they spent time building harems of the most beautiful women in the land. They may have even exercised the ancient practice of the right of first night where the king is allowed to sleep with the bride before the groom. To enforce their will, the god kings appear to have employed the might of warriors called Nephilim. Get the picture in mind: oppressive god kings who lived hundreds of years took advantage of their subjects through the use of mercenary muscle – very much like life presidents of Africa.
The net effect: The erosion of values always runs downhill. Those at the bottom began emulating the practices of the beautiful people at the top. Genesis 6:11, says: “Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence (NIV). The consequence of this trickle down corruption was God’s imminent wrath. He set a day for their destruction.
Former Dictator Daniel arap Moi’s Baringo is a typical example today. That is the County whose governor Gideon Moi flew a helicopter overhead a 75-car motorcade as he headed for nomination to get another 5 years as Senator. His father represented Baringo as MP and president for almost half a Century – 47 years to be actual. Moi’s introduction to politics came in 1955 when he was selected to be an African representative to the British colonial Legislative Council, or Legco.
Our society’s slide into the moral sewer has largely been top down too. When did the majority of Kenyans begin to believe that women have a right to abort their unborn babies? How did we arrive at a place where marriage between people of the same sex is not just to be tolerated, but affirmed and sanctioned by the state? In America Sexual deviants in Hollywood pointed their diamond studded fingers at the unwashed masses and told them that gays and lesbians have a right to it. The Americans believed them because they entertain them so well. They make them laugh and cry and scream. They want to emulate them, so they accept their point of view. Kenyans in media and entertainment industry are walking down the same treacherous path.
Then the scientists, who have prolonged our lives and made it so comfortable came along and said homosexuality is biological. No one would choose this lifestyle. And we bought it, hook, line, and sinker. We consume perversion on a daily basis through music, TV, internet, and videos. The millionaire movers and shakers say it’s okay. It must be. When did we begin believing that accumulation of possessions was the path to happiness?
Lifestyles of Rich and Famous
Hollywood-style red carpet galas are fashionable where the beautiful people appear in all their luxury among the lowly. We’re constantly bombarded with media messages portraying the good life as that which is filled with more and more luxurious limos and stuff. But close analysis points to riches by a few leaders is founded on the citizens many of then suffering from jigger infestation in rural areas.
Politicians are bombarding Kenyans with claims that the national economy is in ruins. Needless to say, it’s not the economy, and you should not believe it unless you are stupid. The character of people in high places matter. Whether it’s a politician, singer, sports hero, civic leader, university professor or even a money minting CEO – the example of those who are looked up to matters.
Why? The erosion of values always runs downhill. The bad character of people at the top of any society inevitably dampens the conscience of those below them. Just as water follows gravity downward, the morality of any culture flows from top to bottom.
Even Christians have been taken in by the influence of those at the top. One of the places I see this so clearly is in the sexualization of our girls. Have you noticed how much they want to bleach their skins? How much skin they are showing these days? Belly buttons uncovered, jeans that are cut way too high, cleavage on display, skirts way too high above the knees?
As bad as things are in this nation, I don’t think the situation is irreversible yet. Our God is a God of grace. He delights to give second chances. He doesn’t desire the death of the wicked, but that all would come to repentance.
It is imperative, however, that we do our part, not just to escape the wrath to come, but to reverse the erosion of values corrupting our Motherland. It requires swimming upstream. You’ll be considered a freak or a Puritan. But you’ll be on God’s side with His favour. Spend a few minutes and consider your part in transforming Kenya to a better Motherland.
- Let your goodness light the darkness.
Our world is in desperate need of people who adhere to Kingdom values. It is not enough to say that you believe IN Jesus anymore. You’ve also got to believe WITH Him. You must not only espouse biblical values, but you’ve also got to live them out.
When politicians or entertainers or scientists say something’s okay and you know it violates scripture you must resist their ideas and practices and live out the truth. Go God’s way rather than the world’s way in your lifestyle, in your language, in how you spend your time and money, in the way you dress, in the way you treat people, in the way you handle conflict, in the way express your sexuality.
Jesus said that the way we live will make a difference to the dark world around us:
“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV)
Use anti-corruption branded attire as your armour to wage war against the social evil.
- Go on the offense against evil.
Stop allowing the trickle down effects of evil to rule your life. Don’t accept bribes from politicians to vote for them and don’t buy favours. Turn the trash off when it comes across the TV. Stop giving money in airwaves and rental to those who mass produce perverted messages. I absolutely refuse to buy some products like beer and cigarettes even for other people because they entice youth to ruin future generations. I refuse to fund a company that airs such misleading suggestive commercials.
You might up the attack against evil by becoming an activist. William Wilberforce began a grassroots movement in England that eventually ended the slave trade. The elites of his day hated his activism because it interfered with their profit margin. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a peaceful and successful attack on segregation in United States.
The racists ensconced at all levels of society railed against King, but he persevered unto death. Both of these men were Christians and they expressed their calling through political activism. They effectively shut down top down evil. They sharpened the consciences of their generations which had been dulled by selfish and arrogant leaders that would eventually lead to the election of the first African American President Barack Obama of Kenyan descent decades later.
Obama and President Uhuru Kenyatta initiated anti-corruption package when the US President visited Kenya that is under implementation.
- Dethrone the demigods.
There’s a simple way to squash powerful people who erode moral values: Vote them out of office. As election season roles around please do me a favour … Don’t just vote for someone because of their party affiliation. Don’t just vote for someone because they are from your tribe or charming or good looking or can deliver a pretty speech written by other people. Take a look at their stand on important moral issues of the day. Examine their character. Use the power God has given you as a citizen of this great republic to vote the right people into office.
You can also dethrone the demigods by de-funding them. Stop handing your money over to musicians, athletes, and TV personalities who are morally corrupt. Boycott them. Ridicule fun their lifestyles and opinions in front of friends and family. Teach your kids and grandkids to laugh at their lunacy. Take them down off their thrones anyway you can as a person of faith. As Christians, a good portion of our ministry must involve tearing down before building up with the gospel of Jesus. Paul, who spent enormous amounts of time debating and tearing down corrupt ideas, wrote about the methods we are to use:
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (NIV) For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
We’re promised that we have the power to rip down the influence of demigods if we’ll only “man-up” and go on the attack. The god kings and their hordes look terrifying, but remember with God on your side even a boy with a rock can defeat a Nephilim.
- Lead with extreme caution.
If you lead, understand the power of your influence. Also remember that God will hold you accountable for it. Leaders, entertainers, teachers, parents are doubly responsible for how they exercise their influence. Your life will either dull or sharpen the consciences of those you who follow you. This is why God said let not many of your aspire to be teachers. It’s because they’re held to a higher standard.
Church elders were to be held in high esteem in the early church because they were responsible to God for their leadership. Old Testament kings could literally bring the blessings or the wrath of God in their generation because of the trickle down effect of their character.
Praise be to God, Amen.