Written by Pastor Michael Wambeo
You will agree with me that among the many victims of circumstances, the church was not spared by the so-called, Covid-19 pandemic effects that have wreaked havoc not only on the functions and normal running of the Sunday and weekly programs, but on numerical growth and the general spiritual, social, and economic performance of the believers.
Until the pandemic hit the headlines, and until the standoff between the government’s Ministry Of Health and the church ‘postures’ almost plunged us into a crisis of sharp divisions between the otherwise calm cordials among the interfaith societies; the Mainstreamer and the Pentecostal, I never knew that, at one point, we shall be constrained to rethink the use of social media as one of the major support systems of communication for the church.
On the contrary, even when the monster is slowly fading, some believers would really not mind maintaining the status quo; the word ‘Corona’ having become a household name, especially in creating excuses for not attending, let alone holding important church functions.
There is therefore sheer need by the church to embark on a serious Recovery Mission: More ministries and churches need to be planted; more emphasis to be laid on Evangelism and soul winning; mobilize more prayer campaigns in order to hear the Lord on how better we can effect ministry in these times of the pandemic and lastly, spearhead unity of purpose and oneness, than ever before.
Please also discern where God is working and join in. For some Pastors and Missionaries, the Lord could be calling you out to do things a little differently and even perhaps from a different location? Some may need to move camps from the estates to the city center; or vise versa as others will need to maximize on a particular ministry department, say children or music? Could there be potential for lunch hour meetings, for instance, in your area? Just let the Lord think out for you.
On the flip side; what I also can’t wrap my mind around is why, despite her muscle, the church doesn’t seem to have learnt from the 2007 – 2008 post election violence. This, not to mention that we almost fell flat on partisan and tribal accounts. I mean, should the enemy (of the kingdom) decide to pull strings the political way again, we can rest assured that the very core of our existence and presence in Kenya, will be rattled. I’ve always believed that the church is the only big gun in society, that can and should always shoot down and win against any force of negative ethnicity (otherwise called tribalism) and political factions, however much a candidate may have won your preference.
I believe, it is time for the church to be sober and vigilant! Let’s keep our focus and our neutral position as the ground and pillar of truth. Let’s remain God’s mouth piece of peace: let’s be part of God’s army that marches to provide hope, help and healing to society around us.
Let’s remain objective as we lead the way, above all political affiliations and feelings. This is not to mean, ‘the man of God shalt not vote’, or that we shouldn’t support one of our own to run for any legit office but let’s not meddle and create confusion among the saints. Even if God would speak to you, for instance, about His choice Presidential, Gubernatorial or Parliamentary candidate, I don’t think it is very wise to take sides; to speak for a political party in your church (or page) and or create a deliberate hostile environment for brethren who may hold a different political opinion from yours. This is because, at the end of the day, we all belong to Christ and will still need the church umbrella; including the politician.
This time round, the church must get it right and win the battle!