I happen to occupy a very interesting position in the on-going political discourse in Kenya today.
As a Kikuyu, I am a member of a community associated with Jubilee’s performance in the last election. I have many friends and family members who support Jubilee and who I maintain social relationships with. I therefore know what the ‘Jubilantes’ are saying about CORD, its presidential candidate and the on-going process at the Supreme Court. It is not nice.
I am also a political advisor to the CORD coalition’s presidential candidate; a position that allows me to interact socially and professionally with key supporters of CORD. I therefore know the kind of conversation ‘CORDeshians’ are having about this last election, Jubilee’s ‘victory’ and Jubilee’s leadership. It is not very nice.
So this last weekend a friend forwards me an email titled ‘Call to Pray For Kenya’ from a certain Apostle Paul Amadi. Apostle Amadi believes God has given him a message to the nation of Kenya. God has shown him the flag and the emblems of the nation, as well as the words of the first verse of the national anthem (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).
He has also seen the words Peace, Love and Unity written upon a long slab of rock that had been painted with the colours of the flag of Kenya. The painting however was greatly disjointed; neither the words nor the colours were together. It showed a broken state.
According to Apostle Paul, God is asking “Why are you following men that shall die? You have forgotten Me, the fountain of living waters, and now seek to men. Can they save you? Can they deliver you? Yet you seek to them. All these are the works of My hands. In the day I call for them all their thoughts perish. Seek to Me. I the Lord I am the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last. Let your trust be in Me, for I speak and it comes to pass. No man can stop My purposes’.
Apostle Paul then explains how God has revealed to him what is happening around the nation, in people’s homes. Even Christian men and women are speaking and spewing hatred against those who belong to communities of differing political affiliations. God tells Apostle Paul; “See what My people are doing. Have I not called you to love one another and to pray for the peace of your nation? Have I not called you to bless and not to curse? … You are destroying, destroying, destroying everything! Where is love in My people? Where are My intercessors? Where are My watchmen? For your enemy is risen and is even now ready to devour this nation. Yes, you prayed and repented before Me and asked Me to heal your nation, but how can I heal when you are so deeply divided? … You speak and devour one another, you consume each other with the words of your mouth and at last you yourself will be no more.”
The email ends with a call to repentance, one Kenyan to another; prayer for Kenya and a challenge to religious leaders to refrain from taking sides in this contest because ‘I the LORD do not take sides for I am the King of the earth. I respect no persons, but those who fear Me and obey My commandments shall find favour in My sight. Therefore, be zealous and repent. Pray unto Me, love one another, be united and I will restore you once again.”
Apostle Amadi then makes this call to action; ‘Those who can pray, let them pray, and those who cannot pray, let them also pray … Spend time with the Father and plead for the sake of this nation. Gather together in your homes and churches and intercede. Cry mightily to the Father, and He who is able shall change the tide and heal our nation’
I agree with a lot of what Apostle Amada says. Kenya is disjointed. Kenya is hurting. Kenya needs healing.
This week the Supreme Court will make a decision with far reaching ramifications to the political leadership of our country. Everyone is praying that the ruling made by the six judges will unite Kenya, as well as move us forward.
However I am convinced that whatever the ruling Kenya will not heal; not without divine intervention. The kind of intervention I seek is the one that enables leaders of each formation to sincerely and genuinely reach across to ‘the others’. The humility required to do this, especially when one of them wins the case, can only come from God. This is one of the many things Kenyans must pray for this week. If we do this God will hear, and heal our land. Amen
(Wambugu is the Director of Political Affairs in the Raila Odinga Campaign Secretariat)