Third World and Proud: 7 Reasons to love Kenya

Jambo!

So I saw this recently and felt it reiterated the sentiments made by the late Dr. Myles Munroe on JKL about third world countries. He made a significant point that changed my entire outlook on what I think about being Kenyan. Why do we believe that being from a third world country is a bad thing? He explained that the first world is failing and is now looking to Africa to try and save itself. I started thinking that third world Africa is actually a revised edition of the first world. We are the iphone 6 and they are the iphone 1(had to google the spelling of iphone).

Here are 7 reasons to love Kenya this Jamhuri Day!!!!!!!

1. Kenya gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1963. Yaay us!! We are still free!! I am definitely thankful that we believe in democracy and freedom for almost all.

2. Large animals such as lions, buffalo, leopards, elephants and rhinoceros are present in Kenya, and we get to have them in our backyards 🙂 (figuratively) :-). #instamodel

3. Kenyan environmentalist, the late Professor Wangari Maathai won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004. She was the first African woman to do so. Let’s not forget Lupita Nyong’o, Eddy Gathegi and Barack Obama, just some of our human exports to USA.

4. We are such sports fans. Whether it’s soccer, rugby, basketball, Olympics, etc, we are there one way or another, as simple spectators or actual participants.

5. Kenya’s flag has a traditional Maasai shield and white spears in the center to represent our defense of freedom. Other countries can come at us on Twitter, 700 Club or martially and we will still be ready to defend ourselves.

6. Our creativity is out of this world. The trends on Twitter are just too hilarious, especially the times we had beef with Nigeria and South Africa, the jokes were on a whole other level. We are so artistic, it’s sad most of us don’t even know.

7. We are our own biggest critics. To succeed in Kenya, you will endure gruesome trials, but once you do, you can survive anywhere else in the world. That’s another Kenyan trait, we are SURVIVORS (except in the Big Brother House).

I love Kenya. I think we are blessed in more ways than we realize. In 2015, our focus should be on our positives, on what God has already given us. Let’s find ways to utilize our gifts responsibly and maintain peace. Let’s rise above the negative ‘third world’ mentality and accept the fact that we are awesome. We are a chosen people in a blessed land.

Have a Happy Jamhuri Day. God Bless!

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Why I prefer the left behind novel to the new movie

Jambo!

So I watched the new Left Behind recently and was extremely disappointed with the message. Instead of focusing on the significance of the rapture, they made it more about landing a plane safely in a seemingly impossible situation. Having read the books, I felt it was way below my expectations because the message wasn’t brought out clearly, it was too dilute.

Here is the trailer:

This is just another example of how complacent and relaxed we have become. We are no longer anxious about the rapture happening at any time. We keep thinking that we will be able to tell when it is about to happen. Like we are still waiting for the Antichrist that was described in Revelation, even though it may be too late for some of us. We have started focusing on maintaining jobs and attending Sunday service rarely taking time out to fulfill the Great Commission. If we read scripture about the 2nd coming more often, our focus would be on eternity and not our short time on earth.

I personally feel that we as Christians have become a bit too passive. We should be focused on sharing the gospel more often instead of trying to be the perfect Christians defined by the world. No Christian will ever be perfect, if we could be, we would not need the blood of Jesus nor His grace everyday. All we can do is keep trying to be more like Him and to follow His commands. If there were more active Christians, there would be less crime and it would be a safer place. When more people realize that when they sin, they will have God to answer to and be punished for eternity, they might think twice before killing someone.

We should also be more accepting of the lost souls that show up in church. We welcome them with judgmental tones about their appearance and conduct and still expect them to come back. I have heard so many people claim to be Christians that read the Bible and pray on their own without going to church just because of this. Jesus came for the lost and to free the slaves. Who are you to treat them like they are not worthy enough to come and hear the word? Who are you to tell them they are not worthy enough to serve in one ministry or another?

Let God choose His people. Welcome them with open arms like the Prodigal Son. Let’s make more time to spread the gospel as though we truly believe Jesus is coming soon. The Jews had waited such a long time for Him that by the time He came, they didn’t recognize Him. He told us to be prepared and to keep watch in Mark 13:32-37. Even though we think He is not coming very soon, how about your own death? You can plan your entire calendar for 2015 and die tomorrow. Let’s be true disciples and preach the gospel to all. Don’t expect your pastor to do so, his calling is very different from ours. We are the ones commanded to go to the nations.

Let’s not allow Christianity to be diluted. Let’s be Christians of impact wherever we go, so that all we do brings glory to God without condemning others, then we won’t be responsible for those left behind.

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