Sheath Your Hypocrisy, Dear Moral Anarchist (Weka Condom Mpangoni)

This is a response to Mr. Clay Muganda’s article which was published in DN2 (26 March, 2013) titled “Sheath your hypocrisy, dear religious leaders”. I’d like to remind him that recognizing/acknowledging a moral standard does not make one a hypocrite for personally failing to meet that standard. I am not a hypocrite simply because I can recognize counterfeit money and yet I happen to be broke. In his article, Clay said:

“When did the condom start falling on us? When did it start coming between us and our morals? When did it start turning stable families in to dysfunctional ones? These are questions many of us cannot answer…”

Mr. Muganda, do you know why many of us can’t answer those questions? Because none of us is even asking those questions, at least not in that attitude. You are responding to your own pitiful straw-man. The “condom” is not the issue. The message implied in the “condom advert” is the issue. Is infidelity immoral? Yes. Is infidelity prevalent? Yes. Infidelity remains immoral, no matter how prevalent it gets. And as long as it remains such, we must remain vocal in pointing this out. The rightness of an action is not determined by its popularity. Continue reading Sheath Your Hypocrisy, Dear Moral Anarchist (Weka Condom Mpangoni)

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Much Ado About Resurrection

For a long time in my Christian walk, I honestly didn’t get the resurrection of Christ. I confess that I am still not quite sure that I truly grasp it . What I mean is that I didn’t get what the “big deal” was regarding the resurrection, and why it must be included in our Gospel confession. I “got” why Jesus had to come to earth as a human being, I “got” why he was born of a virgin, why he lived a sinless life and died on the Cross.

But that’s where the story ended for me.

The resurrection just didn’t square with my understanding of the Gospel. It was like an awkward, almost unnecessary addition to the essentials of the Gospel. To me, the resurrection of Jesus was no more significant than the resurrection of Lazarus. It was just one more miracle. The big deal was the death of Christ, not His resurrection.

I doubt that I am alone in this boat. I am sure that many of us are (or have been) “conformists” when it comes to incorporating the place of resurrection in our Gospel messages. For many of us, we have noticed that the Bible includes the resurrection as part of the “essentials” package of what one must believe to be saved. We have noticed great Bible teachers emphasizing it in their sermons about the Gospel.

But we don’t quite get it. Continue reading Much Ado About Resurrection

What’s So Good About Good Friday?

If there is any message that I will never tire or retire from reiterating, its the one that follows this sentence:

Dear reader,

God loves you. He created you to be His, and you are His because He created you. God made you to worship and delight in Him. He made you so that He could share His goodness with you and express His goodness through you. God wants what’s best for you. He is the only one who knows what’s best for you because He is the only one who knows you best. He intricately designed and purposefully tweaked you to reflect His image. You are at your best when you reflect God. You are most human when God is most displayed through you. There’s nothing more important in your life than how you relate with God.

To live for God is the true purpose of your life. Every other pursuit is subsidiary at best, and vain at worst.

Yet, this is not how you are currently living. You don’t reflect Him. At least not entirely, not as He intends you to reflect Him. You are defective. Even worse, you are a defector. You have turned away from God, dear reader. Even though “what may be known about God is plain to you, because God has made it plain to you,” you have still chosen to ignore and disobey Him. You are a sinner, dear reader. Your lifestyle is defiant and disobedient to God’s will for your life. That’s the definition of a sinner. Your sin has separated you from God. And because of that God is not pleased with you. Even though He loves you, for that’s His nature and He cannot deny Himself, His love for you is frustrated by your sin. Your sin has separated you from God. And a day is coming when this separation will be punished, for God is just. All those opposed to God are going to face their well deserved punishment for their sin. All wrongdoing (all anti-God’s-purpose-living) must be punished.

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Yet, despite your deliberate defiance and blatant blasphemy; despite the fact that you have spit in God’s face and chosen to go your own way, God has not given up on you. He wants to be reconciled to you. Even though God is not pleased with you, He is pleased to have you reconciled to Him. God wants to redeem you from your meaningless and wayward life, dear reader. God wants to remove the curse of sin that has separated you from Him. He wants to tear down the veil of sin that prevents you from seeing Him as He truly is – as the very point of your existence. But even more than wanting to reconcile Himself to you, God has provided a means of reconciliation. He has provided a way to deal with your sin and save your soul from eternal separation from Him. God has “demonstrated his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Jesus took your place, dear reader. He came into this earth as a human being, lived a sinless life, and eventually gave up his life for you. He was crucified by Roman soldiers and died the most horrific death – death on a Cross. Why did Jesus do this? “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son, so that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life.” That’s right, God did this because He loves you. He sent His son to take your place so that your sin will no longer separate you from Him. He did this to reconcile you to Him. He did this to restore your humanity. He did this to save you from eternal damnation – eternal separation from God.

This is the good news about this Friday. This is the point of Easter. This is why Christians are celebrating, rather than mourning the death of God’s son this Friday. And you too can be part of this celebration, dear reader. You too can be a recipient of this gift of salvation, this gift of redemption from the power of sin, this gift of eternal reconciliation with God – the gift of eternal life. At this point, you may be asking, “what must you do to be saved?” And the answer is this, BELIEVE. Believe that Jesus died for you, for your sins, to reconcile you to God.

And the story gets better from here on. Jesus did not stay dead. On the third day, He rose from the grave and went back to be with God. He now rules over those who are saved. Dear reader, do you believe this? Do you believe that, through the gift of God’s Son, you are now reconciled to God? That you are now God’s child? Do you believe that, because of the resurrection of Jesus, you are now part of God’s Kingdom and family?

Then you are born again.

That’s what’s so good about this Friday.

“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. [Romans 10:9]

Why Did The Blind Man Cross The Road?

Jesus: “While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” John 9:5

Christ commands His saints to be salty. He has equipped us with Himself, the ability to change the state of anyone we encounter and the taste anywhere we go. What do you need to add a salty flavor to a meal? You take a packet of maize flour and sprinkle a little over your plate, right? Wrong. What you do is that you take a box of baking powder and sprinkle a pinch on your food, right? Wrong again.

Salt-Light-You see, you may look like salt, weigh like salt, smell like salt, but if you don’t taste like salt, then nobody will care to use you. God won’t. It’s the taste that makes the difference. Jesus commands us to be the light of the world and the salt of the earth (Matt 5:13-16). And then he adds that when the salt loses its saltiness, it is thrown away. That means that if you have Christ in your heart and you are not dead, then you are still salty. The food doesn’t add flavor to the salt; we are called to do the reverse. To be the salt of the earth means to be the flavor of the world. Flavor may not always mean favorite, but it always means favored. Continue reading Why Did The Blind Man Cross The Road?

Damned If You Choose, Damned If You Don’t

I loved this;

A man died and went to heaven and he saw two lines.  One line said “Predestined” and the other line said “Free Choice”.  So, being a good 5-point Calvinist, he got in the predestined line.  And he worked his way up to the front and the angel in charge said “Why are you in this line?”  He said, “Well, I chose to be here.”  The angel said, “Well, this is the wrong line.  The free choice line is over there.”  So he moved over to the other line and he worked his way to the front of the line and the angel at the desk said, “What are you doing in this line?”  He said, “Somebody made me come here.”

Funny illustration from Norman Geisler’s sermon “Why I Am Not a Five Point Calvinist“.

The Truth About The Truth

I’ve been thinking about stories, and why they are such effective, timeless modes of communication. Children learn best through stories. So do adults. The best writers are storytellers. Stories just have a way of gripping our attention because they invade our imagination. Stories enter the minds of their hearers unannounced and take a seat on their soul, uninvited. They take us on adventurous journeys without our permission. It’s why we love movies. And stories never get old. It doesn’t matter what age we are living in, from the age of oral tradition to the blogging generation, stories continue to win the hearts of men. It doesn’t matter whether one is shipping a lie or mailing the truth, stories continue to be the best courier services.

It is therefore no coincidence that the Bible is a story. Of course, there are proverbs, laws, psalms and abstract apostolic teachings in the Bible, but all of these find their validity in the greater context of the biblical narrative. To isolate any law, or proverb from the story is to destroy that law or proverb. No wonder expository preaching is considered better and more faithful to the scripture compared to topical preaching. No wonder great Bible commentators and expositors emphasize context. The story matters. The overall account counts. Continue reading The Truth About The Truth

A Man After God’s Own Art

“Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.”

Ephesians 5:11

Samuel said to the Christian Singer, “I am the one the Lord sent to anoint you to write and lead songs of worship in His Church; so listen now to the message from the Lord. This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘I will punish the Blasphemous Singers for what they did to my children when they waylaid them as they came up from that world of sin. Now go, oppose those Blasphemous Singers and totally destroy all that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death their lyrics and their lies, their instrumentals and their melodies, their curses and their choruses.’”

So the Christian Singer summoned the worship team and the evangelists. They went to the clubs and radio stations where Blasphemous Singers ruled and reigned and ambushed them with the message of the Gospel. Then he said to the Compromised Christians who were associating with the Blasphemous Singers, “Go away, leave the Blasphemous Singers so that God will not destroy you along with them; for you have shown kindness to all the Christians who have come up out of this world.” So the Compromised Christians moved away from the Blasphemous Singers. Continue reading A Man After God’s Own Art