Gaddafi, Raila and Jesus
Crucifixion or crucifiction?
Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi has a very interesting view of history.
You will have to read his recently published views on Islam and Christianity as well as the attendant debate to make up your mind on that.
Raila: What would Jesus do with him?
Moving on, Sunday came to us with the news that Lang’ata MP and ODM-K presidential hopeful Hon. Raila Odinga had apparently put his faith in Jesus Christ (read the story in Kenya Times, The Standard, and the Daily Nation).
I would have dismissed this as another great one from April Fools’ Day Inc., were it not for a few thoughts:
- I had never known Mr. Odinga to be overly spiritual, apart from the fact he once confessed to having read both the Bible and Koran from cover-to-cover while in detention and his sometimes well-couched Biblical imageries in political rhetoric.
- There had been suggestions that Mr. Odinga was Anglican some, but even so much more inclined towards African traditional religion and syncretic atheism than the Gentleman of Galilee.
- A few years ago, word in some Christian circles was that Ida (Odinga’s wife) had converted to faith and was egging her hubby on towards the same for purely spiritual reasons (and not the political ones NTV appeard to suggest in its prime newscast last night).
I cannot claim to have Odinga’s spiritual barometer, but I sometimes can’t help thinking he is the closest we have come to a high-ranking politician who seemingly wants to dare his spirituality nakedly in the public square in the face of possible, even warped, myriad interpretations of the same.
The archetypal, suffering and forgiving Raila will no doubt resonate with some this Passover, – he has paid the price, hasn’t he?
The conniving, scheming Raira will also remain on the minds of some during the same time, – surely Jesus cannot be Lord and saviour over this Jaruo, or can he?
It will also put to test prophecies in some Christian circles suggesting that Raila’s rival for the ODM-K presidential ticket, Hon. Kalonzo Musyoka, is God’s annointed for Kenya in this year’s General Elections owing to his Christian background.