Raila’s position on role of church in 2022 polls was being politicized


ODM leader Raila Odinga
Joseph Mutua Ndonga
mutuandonga@yahoo.com

Worth Noting:

  • Will his dream come to pass? I recall that when the renowned televangelist Pius Muiru vied for the Presidency, thousands of faithful who used to turn in his crusades did not vote for him.
  • Here the point is clear. Invoking the name of God, singing the songs of praise and quoting the Verses of the Bible is not a guarantee that you can make it.
  • Yes, one can argue Muiru was and is anointed servant of God but the DP is a politician. Of two, who would you expect to be closer to God? Of course, it is Muiru but he lost it.

I fully concur with the thinking of Deputy President William Ruto and his allies that the church has a big role to play in ensuring that peace and unity would prevail in next year’s general election. However, I want to distance myself from their sentiments that cast the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga in bad light.

Having listened to the recent comments made by Raila, he did not say that the religious leaders have no role in ensuring a peaceful transition. He only called on clerics to stick to Biblical calling and teachings.  Your work is to offer the flock the spiritual nourishments and guidance. The ultimate goal is to prepare them to inherit the Kingdom of God.

To Raila’s critics, this is not the first time they would portray him as non-believer and hence a person who is ‘unfit to lead Kenya’.

This is borne out of pure politics. Allow me to explain why?  When they were in the same political camp ahead of 2007 polls, I never heard the DP, who was their leading player, make these claims. But this time, he believes he has matured politically and he is leaving nothing to chance in positioning himself to succeed President Kenyatta.

Raila remains to be his main headache because he is not on his side. He knows that Raila poses a real threat if he opts to run or play the role of kingmaker.

But, seemingly, the DP knows how to play his political games. He is aware that 80 per cent of Kenyans are Christians. So, by casting Raila as a person ‘who doesn’t believe in God’, he is hoping to win the hearts of the majority of them.

Will his dream come to pass? I recall that when the renowned televangelist Pius Muiru vied for the Presidency, thousands of faithful who used to turn in his crusades did not vote for him.

Here the point is clear. Invoking the name of God, singing the songs of praise and quoting the Verses of the Bible is not a guarantee that you can make it.

Yes, one can argue Muiru was and is anointed servant of God but the DP is a politician. Of two, who would you expect to be closer to God? Of course, it is Muiru but he lost it.

The Bible teaches us that not all those who pronounce the word of God, give tithe and give huge donations to church work would inherit the Kingdom of God. Our good Lord looks at your heart and blesses those who truly believe in him. He loves more those who are obedient and humble.

Again, when God created us, he gave us the knowledge to know and choose the good and bad. We shall know them with their behavior and actions, a Verse states. This however does not give one a green-light to judge. God is the one to judge. So, those labeling Raila a non-believer are not glorifying the word of God.

As I conclude, I want to say this. God works in a miraculous ways and choose those He wants to bless. So, you never know. Raila could be closer to Him than those in doubt.

Here is a word of caution to the clerics. The politicians can make you backslide and lose the faith of God. To avoid falling into their temptations, the clergy must stand true to their calling.

Joseph Mutua Ndonga is a Political Analyst and Blogger

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