EASTER season is here and for the most it means not only the conclusion of 40 days of Lent but also several liturgical celebrations to mark the death, mourning and lastly and importantly, the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
It is a most humbling, yet joyful time for Christians as they are reminded that Christ died for their sins, but that there is hope. It was a human fault.
Human beings did it. Christians are guilty but like a limited time sale offer, they can still change for the better.
As for me it is a most humbling. I must change my life for the better. It is a time when many of us come face to face with the situation that is our lives and well, making resolutions to make people’s lives better. Curse less. Lie less.
I should give to the needy more. Christians need more forgiveness and less vengeance.
That is why it felt like a colossal slap in the face when in the middle of the church sermon during one of the masses I attended, what is going on in the ‘Katiba’ Assembly was mentioned.
It was a T.K.O although, he was careful to only just mention them and move on to a narration from the Bible, it had ruined my whole flow. How and most importantly, why?
Last week during a church service in Dodoma ‘Mjomba’ Lukuvi, also mentioned what is going on in the ‘Katiba’ Assembly and dropped a serious warning that if the debated three governments becomes a reality, Tanzania will be ruled by the army. Fear.
He was asked to say a few words and I suspect many were expecting him to say something about God or even how we should be patriotic and pray for the country. I would have even expected him to remind everyone to pray for our country.
But no, he dropped a bombshell on unexpected folks leaving a bitter taste in their mouths. Mind you, these people had their guards down so this fear was received in a most organic form.
Here’s the thing, people go to places of prayer and worship to seek refuge from the world. They go there to speak to the Lord and ask for assistance in whatever is going on in their lives.
The moment they walk into a place of worship such as a church or mosque, it is to humbly speak to the Lord. They become meek and are generally expecting to hear good, heartwarming things.
That there is hope and that if we try a little harder, everything will be ok and we can be saved. Good, heartwarming things.
Theoretically, that Michael Jackson song ‘We Are The World’ is always playing in the background of any place of worship to ease the pain and suffering of everyday life. Good, heartwarming things.
The human condition demands for a break from the harsh realities of the world and hope. Lots and lots of hope so strategically injecting politics into every public gathering just won’t go. Happy Easter!