The race for the Kenyan presidency is getting heated up and candidates have about two weeks to convince the voters that they are worthy of the office. A historic event took place this week where for the first time in the history of our lovely country, we witnessed the presidential candidates go head to head on a debate platform as they outlined their policies about different sectors of our society.
I must commend the media houses for coming together and airing this in the whole country, a good example of people taking initiative and responsibility for their country. I loved the moderators as they was no bias in their questions and they did the best they could to get the questions many voters had to our candidates addressed. Kudos Linus Kaikai and Julie Gichuru you did as proud! Above all what moved me the most on this day was the spirit in Kenyans as voters. We were all glued to our screens in anticipation, many leaving their offices in a dash just to make sure that they do not miss out on a thing. I was with my “boys” that night and we cancelled all plans, the debate was too important to do anything else. Social media was also a buzz, #KEDebate13 was trending throughout the night-the middle class was paying close attention.
Opinion polls are out on who won and who lost ground during the debate and they have been met with different reactions. I will not go into that because I could be biased but I will dig into an underlying principle that governed the choices people made. I dedicated this month to the elections that are due in March 4th and just like the previous blog I will try to elaborate some of the things that make great leaders fall and correlate it to the events of the presidential debate. Today my focus is on fear.
Where we base our fear determines the outcomes in our lives. When my position of power is based on the fear of men, I am easily swayed to compromise so that I keep the status quo. This compromise leads to injustice in someone else’s life and it would be used against me later on. When I favor a few people and ignore the greater good, all because of fear of reproach from a few, God strips away my power. Hard questions were asked concerning cases before the I.C.C and the leaders were asked to take a stand on the issue. Those who took definite stands on the issue, stating that as long you are being accused of any crime you cannot vie for an elective post. With this they won the hearts of the audience and emerged as heroes for reform with no tolerance to corruption. Unfortunately, many of the leaders took a diplomatic approach, choosing not to be here or there on the issue and many claim it’s because they wanted to woo the opponents voters or worse still they had skeletons in their own closets. Majority of Kenyans feel that the country is owned by a few people who choose which rules to follow and which ones to ignore. Unless leaders boldly shake up the current system of injustice, they will not hold power for so long. By not stating a strong stand against this injustice issue concerning the I.C.C. trials, popular aspirants lost a good number of followers-look at the opinion polls!
Another form of fear is that of the unknown which keeps us stuck on the old ways though they may not be working. This I throw to the public and not the aspirants. Many people watched the debate with biased opinions and consequently dismissed the other contenders without hearing them out. There those candidates viewed as young and inexperienced but the reality is that they to have a great vision for the country, in fact they seem to know more facts about the problems in our country and have better plans as to how to solve them. There is the comfortable path of familiarity yet lack of results and the uncomfortable path of the unknown, which promises greater gain. Unless we listen to God as opposed to euphoria and moves as directed even when it all seems unclear, we become irrelevant and soon other forces come to take over. It is no wonder that people feel that the country is owned by a few people, we give the ownership through our fear.
Going back to scripture, the Lord gave prophet Isaiah strict instructions that he was not supposed to think of the reproach from the Assyrians rather fear Him alone. The Assyrians were a mighty nation established for a long time and they posed imminent danger to Judah. However, power was about to shift hands based on the fear of the Lord. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; it is in putting His authority above anything else that we get solutions. As opposed to wondering what opponents would do if they defy them, leaders need to trust in the Lord a bit more. Instead of voters electing out of euphoria, we need to ask for God’s wisdom. We have not because we ask not!
Isaiah 8:11-13 For the Lord spoke thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying: “Do not say, ‘A conspiracy,’ concerning all that this people call a conspiracy, nor be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. The Lord of hosts, Him you shall hallow; let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread…”
The difference between us being great in the future and our falling is dependent on our fears. If we fear the world and go by its set of rules, we will definitely fail. When we fear the Lord, it is a show of honor; our thoughts and deeds are aligned to His commands. We hold back from being all that we can be because of our fears but God tells us to fear nothing but Him. It is one thing to read the word, but taking steps of faith is how we fear God and not the world. Fear of the world brings destruction; fear of the Lord unleashes power.