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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.

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