A Nairobi pastor said yesterday, “When evil strikes with death and fear, we must strike back with life and hope.” In times like this, it can be hard to believe God is really there. When terrorists attack, when a fire rips through an international airport, when buses crash and scores are killed . . . and all these one after another in the nation of Kenya, we might wonder: Has God left for a while?
Not too long before that, we had strikes and threats of more strikes. Our Deputy President is answering charges at the International Criminal Court in the Hague. If nothing changes, our President will be appearing in the same court before the end of the year.
So, where are we? Where is the church? What is the voice of reason? Kenyans are naturally generous, hospitable and caring. Our response to the current attack speaks of who we really are. The blood banks are full and the disaster account is well funded in just two days of donations! Around the besieged mall food, water, tea and coffee are readily available to the armed forces and the rescued. Even politicians from across the divide have joined hands to visit the wounded and address the nation in unity.
But coming in to all this, we have been frightfully divided as a nation. The church is mainly backslidden and reduced to ethnic outfits, each beating the drumbeat of its own community. We have not recovered from the March 4 elections: many think it was rigged while others urge us to move on. Yes, the nation moved on — but what did it leave behind? Unresolved questions that breed mistrust, confusion, withdrawal, suspicion and lack of unity. We are very fragmented.
Despite the feelings of doubt, God IS present and is sending a message if we will but listen. What might He be telling us?
“When I hold back the rain or send locusts to eat up the crops or send an epidemic on my people, if they pray to me and repent and turn away from the evil they have been doing, then I will hear them in heaven, forgive their sins and make their land prosperous again.”
I believe God loves Kenya. I also believe that he wants us to turn back to each other in forgiveness and reconciliation. As we join hands and pray, He will not only heal our land. He will also visit us with revival fire.