Theology by the tummy
NTV’s Weekend Edition had an interesting clip last night.
Both Basset Bayuka and Sophie Ikenye told us that:
- KM has declared that he is neutral in the on-going political crisis.
- He has offered to mediate between the two feuding sides.
- He is asking ODM to allow MK to finish a second five-years term.
- He is also asking them to refrain from acts and / or behavior that may endanger normal life.
- He said that being a lawyer, he so understands ODM’s grievances, and is willing to be their attorney if need be.
He was, they informed us, speaking at a Church function, – a Mr. Stephen Mutua was openning a new Church.
A long-time friend in the know informs me that Mr. Mutua was openning his new Church after being put on indefinite leave by the Nairobi Pentecostal Church over the disappearance of some Kshs. 400,000.
Some folks were doing something for NPC at absolutely no cost, yet Mr. Mutua reportedly drew the amount in their respect from the Church’s coffers.
Mr. Mutua’s colour of spirituality, in such circumstances, would be symptomatic of where the Body of Christ here as we know it is: In no place to offer credible counsel or rebuke to anyone.
Any wonder that few Christians are heeding their pastors and bishops when told to refrain from violence and ethnic hatred?
For it is your next-door Bible-quoting, demon-chasing, heaven-bound John, James and Peter who were part of the ECK theatre of the absurd; and it’s these very fellows who have been hacking and burning the persons and property you have been hearing about.
A cursory glance at the conflict areas would limit you to places mostly occupied by Roman Catholics and Protestants, – there can be no stronger indictment of those who claim to be followers of the Way (and I am one of them).
But let’s return to KM, for just some short while.
As he made those remarks, Mr. Mutua and company cheered him on in the background – anyone who has listened to African-American sermons can identify with the experience.
KM’s remarks and behaviors should be important in at least two ways: He is MK’s Vice-President; he has, previously and severally, told us that he is a God-fearing Christian.
That said, it would be hard to explain away his posturing, for that is what it is.
He can be no one’s mediator, having gone to bed with MK in such a swift manner that few of us had the minute to say “Appep.”
It cannot be said to that he is neutral, with several observers now connecting dots between him and MK as well as the man who was born and brought up in Sacho, both of whom obviously have vested interests in the on-going crisis.
He cannot be asking ODM to refrain from mass protests and other forms of civic action, when the man he serves has outlawed all tangible dissent, and come down heavily on those who do not agree with him.
He cannot suggest that he will be anyone’s lawyer at this time, let alone ODM’s, when most folks have as much faith in Evans Gicheru and company as you would the enemy of your Soul.
In short, it is time Kenyans – Christians or not – recognized the colour of spirituality expressed here fot what it is: Hypocrisy of the highest order.
Nobel laureate Prof. Wangari Maathai has come closest to saying it so eloquently in a surprisingly frank op-ed in today’s Daily Nation.
I would say frank if you weighed her narrative against such as advanced by celebrated Kenyan author, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, who at the moment appears pre-occupied by the genocide metaphor in the Kenyan experience, against the view that he is these days jaundiced in perspective.
In the final analysis, KM must rank together with the Church leaders within and outside the political arena who have failed this nation at its greatest hour of need.
I witnessed this failure on the part of the Church first hand in my own parliamentary campaigns (more about this in a book am writing).
At the national level, it is no secret that few will speak the truth to either PNU (MK) or ODM (RO), as they were bought ages ago.
Further investigations into what some folks are also doing in the name of God on either side might sound like fiction, but much of it lurks in the realms of the occult.
I remain intimately familiar with some of the on-going efforts by religious leaders to bring sanity to the nation – I cannot help but ask us to listen to each one of them with a pinch of salt.
So much for theology by the tummy.