Political Chistianity/Dominionism works for Kenya’s Rich,Middle Class Christians…BEWARE ,THEY ARE RISING AND THEY MEAN WHAT THEY SAY…THEY WANT POWER AND THEY WANT IT NOW.
IT AIN’T OVER TILL THE EVANGELICAL CHURCH SAYS SO ??
In a straight to the point critique of the East African Evangelical church ,Kato Mivule of Yesu Mulungi ,reveals the fact that after losing the referendum,Kenyan Evangelicals are not only dejected but energized.
They are playing politics very cleverly saying that their defeat will be their victory as the constitution will definitely have hiccups and the masses will say that the church was right as for now the media is saying that the church is wrong.
Ours is to say this false doctrine of Political Christianity is the key to Prosperity Gospel.They know that once gets Political power they will get economic power not knowing they are actually after Satan’s power.The game is not over.
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Kato Mivule | August 9, 2010
The Economist recently published an article on what is called the “The religious right in East Africa, The rise of Christian fundamentalism in the Horn of Africa”. The article gives a description of current Political activities of Evangelical Christians in East Africa.
Much of what the author writes about is not news for those who have been following Evangelicals in East Africa. Most of what the article notes is what we have been warning East African Christians to be aware of – namely Political Christianity, Greed, Prosperity Gospel, Legalizing Morality, and other misguided Cultural wars.
Yet the author of the Economist article take a different twist and detest spin – generalization of East African Evangelicals as “Fundamentalists”. In other words, the defamatory and derogatory term ‘fundamentalist’, at least today, is a reserved for groups like the Taliban, Al Qaeda, and other lethal religious extremists, mainly used to generalize Muslims.
While the article is a little amusing, the author lacks any understanding of the History of Evangelicals in East Africa. The Authors for instance make a categorical mistake in claiming that most of the Pentecostal Churches started in the 1980s. The author could have researched a number of book written about East African Evangelicals. The author could have consulted a number of historians at some Kampala institution of higher learning.
This lack of historical perspective is some times endemic of some Western Publications such as the Economist. These folks simply send a journalist, who then goes on to live in a five start hotel, the journalist chases around a pompous evangelical preacher for an interview, attends a pompous Church service, then the journalist returns to a Western Capital, makes a weak analysis of events influenced by a heavy anti-Christian Bias.
The Author of the Economist makes another tragic error in stating that Pastor Robert Kayanja is the “ Half Brother” of Archbishop John Ssentamu, the Archbishop of York, England. Was this a strategic error and guided misinformation to try and create a distance between Archbishop Ssentamu and his Prosperity Gospel Preaching Brother, Robert Kayanja? It is well known and fully documented and published that Archbishop John Ssentamu is the elder brother of Robert Kayanja and not a mere “half brother.”
Another instance is the author of the article tries to take the Ugandan Government’s story on Robert Kayanja as being wrongfully accused of “homosexuality”. The truth was Pastor Robert Kayanja was not ‘simply’ accused of being a Homosexual but a Pedophile. The Economist’s lack of coverage of the Child Sexual Abuse that goes on in Evangelical circles in East Africa, Uganda in particular, shows that the author was bent on simply retributive journalism, and blanketing all East African Christians as being Homophobic.
In other words, if the author stated that there are cases of pedophilia that go on in Uganda’s Evangelical Churches, then perhaps anti-gay sentiments would rise. The author seems to not separate the Pedophilia issue with the Homosexuality issue. The trouble was that the Pedophilia issues was mixed up with the War on Homosexuality by Pastor Ssempa and associates.
On reading the article, it was like the Economist Journalist went to East Africa to play ‘tit for tat’ with East African Evangelicals and simply counter attack Evangelicals for their being Anti-gay. The Author knows very well that such an article would not pass the scrutiny of Western Evangelicals with it’s generalization of Evangelicals as “fundamentalists”.
However, despite the short comings of an ‘anti-christian’ attitude, this piece is an eye opener to the political activities of Evangelicals in East Africa and the Political Power of influence that they continual to hold. Despite the lost election on the constitutional change in Kenya, the Evangelicals will not give up but rather be energized the more.
While the Economist sees East Africa’s elite as avoiding the Evangelical Church, most of the numbers that make up the large Evangelical Churches are middle class, wealthy and with money to support pompous preachers. Further more, East Africa’s Political Elite use the Evangelical Population for political exploits. It is not uncommon for Politicians like President Museveni and his wife to always associate with powerful Evangelical leaders in East Africa. Take for instance the relationship between President Museveni and Pastor Robert Kayanja.
Lastly, the Economist makes another tragic error by employing ‘divide and rule’ by splitting the Muslims from Evangelical Christians when it comes to social issues or what the West refers to as ‘cultural wars’. This deliberate ignorance by the Economist, is not only alarming but shows the hypocrisy and anti-christian attitude by Western Publications like the Economist, when it comes to coverage of Christianity in Africa.
There are a number newspaper publications showing the joint meetings and protests by Muslim leaders and Pastor Martin Ssempa against Homosexuality in Uganda. Joint documents have been released by the two groups in the efforts to “rid Uganda of Homosexuality” yet the uppity Economist Journalist insinuates that there is a rift between Uganda Evangelicals and Muslims when it comes to such issues.
Muslims and Christians share the same conservative cultural values in East Africa despite the Kenya Constitutional Change Campaigns. They all are anti abortion, anti gay marriage, anti homosexuality, and greatly opposed to what they see as an invasion by Western Cultures in Africa. If there is any version of the African Religious Right, Conservative Muslims have been part of it – at least in Uganda.
When Pastor Ssempa’s associates in the war on homosexuality were arrested, Muslim Imams went to court to show support for their evangelical counterparts in the “war against homosexuality”. The deliberate lack of coverage of these important matters by the Economist further shows their anti-Christian attitudes and if they are to fully analyze Christian Events and the largely conservative culture in Africa, that anti-Christian and retributive attitude must be dropped and perhaps they might be of educational help to a large growing new generation of East Africans willing to give reason and intellect a chance.
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