Our National Anthem begins with the words of … in English
Oh God of all creation
Bless this our land and nation
Then in Kiswahili it begins with the words of
Eeh Mungu nguvu yetu
Ilete Baraka kwetu
These words have been and remain symbolic since the time they were first sang in 1963. Notable for being one of the first anthems to be specifically commissioned. Composed in preparation for Kenya’s independence celebrations.
The first two lines of the first stanza as written above clearly communicate deeply about our reverence for God acknowledging him as our creator, strength and one who blesses. It stands to communicate that we trust him for everything else that follows after. That is
Justice be our shield and defender
May we dwell in unity, peace and liberty
Plenty be found within our borders.
This in Swahili is
Haki iwe ngao na mlinzi
Natukae na undungu, Amani na Uhuru
Raha tupate na ustawi
The proceeding 3rd, 4th and 5th lines as above not to leave the 2nd and 3rd stanza are tied to the first line as a prayer for the nation. Each time we sing the national anthem we pray for Justice, unity, peace, liberty and plenty for the nation.
However each time we stand at attention to sing these words. I think we contradict ourselves. We practice the exact opposite of what we pray for.
We ask God to bless us
But we do not serve our nation as a church for his kingdom
We talk of justice but our courts are not a justice system
We ask for peace and unity
But we keep voting along tribal lines
Liberty to dwell in
Yet we do not emancipate from mental slavery
Plenty be found within our borders
We say we are a working nation
But all our hands do is steal
These are my thoughts in a positive criticism for not practicing what we say we believe in.
This is the same feeling that I have when I board a bus/ matatu that has Christian graffiti on it but is playing nothing that concerns what is displayed on those walls. A post written the words mercy said no but on the radio the music on is a musician rapping about money.
Similarly this is the same way in which we behave as Christians. We go to church on Sunday sing aloud , dance along and always the first to respond hallelujah Amen. But on Monday you are a liar, Tuesday and Wednesday a murderer, Thursday and Friday thief and on Saturday a party animal, smoking and getting drunk of Alcohol.
Your life does not reflect what you say you are. You become a hypo Christian, a Pharisee, a Sadducee ,you become a lukewarm church, a church that God says in Revelation 3:16 that he will spit out of his mouth. As the body of Christ we need to remember part of being a missionary is how our lives look consistently. We could be the only church that people see and if they do not see Christ they drift away because all they see is a Graffiti and not Christian lives.
In conclusion a Christian is not a title, name or brand. A Christian is a work of grace and that is how our lives should be as Christians. A manifestation of the grace of God in our lives.