The news from Kenya today is ugly… Demonic rage is loose in this country that professes to be Christian. An estimated 66% of Kenyans say they’re Christians; 28% are Roman Catholic, and 38% belong to Protestant churches. But the majority of ethnic Kenyans also hold traditional African beliefs. Today, the darkest side of those tribal beliefs has taken over the lives and souls of many of Kenya’s people.
How do I know that? Evil rules–in the streets, in the countryside, and in the chambers of government. Kenyans are burning, looting, raping, mutilating, and murdering each other in unfathomable numbers and with reckless, overt, violent abandon.
But don’t go getting smug or self-righteous about Kenya’s failures. Our world is rife with conflict–in all our families, neighborhoods, cities, and countries. Evil rages everywhere–in the guise of greed, jealousy, sibling rivalries, competitive striving, racial and ethnic hatred, and wholesale attempts by world leaders to capture, achieve, and hold power by corruption, outright thievery, war, and murder.
And most of us buy into the conflict, or turn our backs on it, ignoring our God-given responsibility to steward and transform our world into His Kingdom–now. We’re betraying Him and our covenant with Him by our indifference.
Christians, if they are really believers, are responsible for their choices. Just calling yourself a “Christian,” showing up on Sundays to warm a pew cushion, and throwing your leftovers into the collection basket is not enough to gain the Kingdom or walk in relationship with Jesus. If you’re just talking the walk, you’re on the road to perdition. His warning in His Word . . .
You can be sure that using people or religion or things just for what you can get out of them–the usual variations on idolatry–will get you nowhere, and certainly nowhere near the kingdom of Christ, the kingdom of God. Don’t let yourselves get taken in by religious smooth talk. God gets furious with people who are full of religious sales talk but want nothing to do with him.
Don’t even hang around people like that. You groped your way through that murk once, but no longer. You’re out in the open now. The bright light of Christ makes your way plain. So no more stumbling around. Get on with it! The good, the right, the true–these are the actions appropriate for daylight hours. Figure out what will please Christ, and then do it.
Don’t waste your time on useless work, mere busywork, the barren pursuits of darkness. Expose these things for the sham they are. It’s a scandal when people waste their lives on things they must do in the darkness where no one will see. Rip the cover off those frauds and see how attractive they look in the light of Christ. Wake up from your sleep, Climb out of your coffins; Christ will show you the light! So watch your step. Use your head. Make the most of every chance you get. These are desperate times! (Ephesians 5:5-16)