Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Exodus 20:2-5 says you shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me. Idolatry often sounds like an ancient sin, we normally think it was for the primitive people who carved images for themselves and offered worship. However there are several ways in which we idea worship in the 21st century. In fact I would argue that we are the most idolatrous generation in history. There are several things that often take God’s place in our world today and some of them are good things.
They say people (men really) do not grow; it’s just their toys that get bigger! And I would add more sophisticated. Gadgets in and of themselves are good. Be it cars, phones, laptops, I pads, cameras and all those dangerous things ladies use to beautify themselves, the list is really endless! All these things make life easier and help us become more efficient. They are meant to serve us and help us. However most times we are enslaved to these gadgets and they become our masters. They become the center of our attention, we spend more money on them than we are willing to offer to God’s work and suddenly it feels like we cannot live without them. Sooner or later we find ourselves obsessed with the latest of everything and the need to update and be ahead of others.
I love to be entertained! I mean who doesn't? Either via sports, music or movies there is nothing like good entertainment. The just ended world cup in Brazil was simply glorious! And I must confess it left me a bit depressed. It is however alarming how easily we get griped by different forms of entertainments from that captivating series (Jack Bauer!!!), to the soothing captivating music group and not forgetting sports (yes there is nothing captivating about cricket but for the sake of the weaker brethren ). There are times I seem to be way more devoted to my entertainment than I am to my God, I will sacrifice my money, my time and even my energy just to get the desired entertainment. If only we were ready to give the same level of sacrifice to the work God.

The love of money is the root of all evil the bible says. There is nothing wrong with making money and working hard to make money, in fact the bible urges us to work hard and invest wisely. The problem comes in when that is all you live for. It is worrying how people’s joy and happiness is determined by how much money they are making, when the money dries up the joy is sucked out of them. Success is equated to how much you make and the size of your bank account. It is no wonder that rich people turn to be the hardest people to reach out to cause money is their god. The Lord warned that you cannot serve money and God. You will love one and disregard the other. It is sad to see people make career decision solely based on how much they will make even at the expense of their spiritual well-being.

Friday, July 11, 2014


Homosexuality has become a hot topic in Zambia and it seems to generate interest by the day. And as much as the” Church” and Christians would like to deny it, this is a real issue even among Christians and many people in our communities are embracing homosexuality and are slowly becoming vocal in support of it. However homosexuality is still more than a sin and in our culture it is a taboo, an abomination. Those who commit such sin are outcasts who ought to be rid of by the most shaming way possible, as it is believed there is no room for them in our societies. I am however convinced that such an attitude is not biblical from Christians. We must show love to homosexuals.

Now before you pull your trigger, I am not in any way tolerating or supporting the sin of homosexuality. The fact that it is sin it is very clearly stated in the scriptures. The Sodomites were judged for it (Gen 19), 1 Corinthians chapter 6 verses 9 to 10 says “men who practice homosexuality will not inherit the kingdom of God” and Romans 1:24-32 says homosexuality is in fact as a result of God’s judgment on people who deny Him and His revealed truth and he gives them up to their passions that they forsake natural relations and end up in homosexuality. Homosexuality is a sin and those who embrace it and believe in God’s solution for their sins will not be found in God’s kingdom. What these people really need is the gospel, preached to them by people who care for the well-being of their souls, people who will plead with them to look to Jesus and live.
Why is it that this particular sin is drawing so much attention? Why are people not talking about theft or adultery? There are two reasons why homosexuality is drawing so much attention. The first is that it is unnatural, it is not the order of creation and hence the reason why it is a taboo in most cultures. The second reason is the publicity it is coming with. A lot of high profile people, countries and organizations are pushing that it should be accepted as a way of life. The amount of pressure and aggression applied by these people has really thrown homosexuality into the lime light. Such that there are two camps formed, those who support homosexuals and those who hate them.

And most Christians fall in the latter group.  That is not the biblical way however. Whereas Christians should not embrace homosexual practice they should not look down in disdain either. They should love enough to point out the sin and also share the grace of God through Jesus Christ. They plead with them earnestly and plead with them gently and tell the poor wanderers, Jesus is merciful, and Jesus will save. That, dear friend is the right attitude from a person who has experienced the grace of God. You realize you were also dead in your sins but God in grace lifted you up from the miry clay and set you on a rock. You do not then turn and look down those still hopelessly stuck in the clay, you lovingly point them to Jesus. Yes even homosexuals!

Friday, July 4, 2014


I would be shocked if there was an individual who does not know that it is time for the biggest tournament in the sporting calendar- the world cup!!! The fact that it is in the spiritual home of football makes it all the more a great spectacle. As a soccer fan I am impressed by the football that is been displayed, entertaining, exciting, and attacking with lots of flare. No wonder the goals keeping coming, all I can say is more of the same.
And just like any other world cup our African teams have failed to match up to the standards, organization, and professionalism and indeed efficiency of the other teams. Such that our dream of seeing an African team break into the semi-final was dashed in the first round of knock outs. The stats do not make for pleasant reading. The five African representatives played 15 games in the group stages and only managed to win 3. They lost 9 and conceded 28 goals while scoring 18. Clearly you cannot progress with such stats.

However, it is not the football that bothers me, because quite frankly I never expect African teams to excel at the world cup. It is the level of disorganization and lack of professionalism coupled with petty politics that breaks my heart. Nigeria, Ghana and Cameroon all went on strike either before or during the tournament due to lack of payments or disagreement on the amounts. We are not talking about a small by the way tournament, it is the world cup and people know way in advance if they are going to be part of the tournament, so what is the problem? It is clearly not a lack of money because they are paid after going striking. Ghana had to send an entire plane just take hard cash for the boycotting players. Furthermore we heard of players assaulting officials, swearing at coaches, fighting with each other and now some are being investigated for match fixing.

Now I am not in any way saying all these things are unique to Africans for they are definitely global and are due to our sinful nature. But the disorganization and lack of professionalism is a real problem on our continent and not just in football but many areas of life. It seems to be common practice not to do things well. We are normally not ready for meetings, we are often late, and people want to be cranked to carry out their responsibilities. It is almost as though we are allergic to excellence and therefore we try our best to not do things well.
It is not only in the area of organization where we struggle but also in being professional.  A simple definition of a professional is a person having impressive competence in a particular activity. I understand over generalizations can be dangerous but you will agree with me that a lot of people appear misplaced and frustrated. Hence service delivery and production is way below par.

Sadly this attitude seems to be no different with us Christians. In fact in some cases we appear more disorganized and very unprofessional in the way we do things. All you have to do is compare the music of non-Christians with that of some of our Christian gospel musicians and my point will be very clear. Shouldn't spiritual things be done without a level of excellence?  Shouldn't Christians follow the example of their creator who said of everything he did, that it was good? Christians ought to be different. The labor of our hands should be excellent, it should be worthy of praise because whatever we do is to the glory of God (1Cor 10:31) and whatever our hands find to do we should do it heartily as to the Lord (Col 3:23-24)