GOOD MOVE

JOAB APOLLO: Let other clergy follow and ban politics in church

This was turning out to be cancerous to the country

In Summary

•Everyone has a right to worship, but turning the pulpit into a basis for selfish political ends is ungodly.

•It’s appalling that it’s only in Kenya where politicians belong to all the churches and subscribe to all the religious doctrines.

The Anglican Church of Kenya and the Catholic Church have boldly barred politicians from using their pulpits as campaign platforms.

This has slammed the breaks on an ignominy that was turning out to be cancerous to the country. 

Politicians are guilty of defiling the pulpit and diverting people's attention from the sacred sermon to political squabbles.

Everyone has a right to worship, but turning the pulpit into a basis for selfish political ends is ungodly.

While the political elite may feign total agreement with the ban, the truth is they have, for far too long, perfected the maxim that religion is the opium of the masses.

They can argue that even sinners are needed in the House of God, but none of them points to any verse where sinners were lauded for sinning in the church.

This country cannot afford to have a coterie of people outrageously engaging in name-calling and brinkmanship during the week, only to take to the pulpits on the weekend to sanitize themselves.

Some have even dared to use the church for ethnic excitement.

We want to see key political leaders galvanising their legislators around issues dear to the electorate like reduction of fuel prices, not photo sessions with the clergy

The church is supposed to be a paragon of faith and virtues, clearly stipulated in the Bible.

Those who go to church do so because they have communion with God, not to disparage their political opponents or spew propaganda. 

If our politicians are that spiritual, why is corruption part of our nation? Why are they inciting tribes against tribes, dealing with drugs, adulterous and liars? Why haven’t they repented in these churches they flock?

Who attends which church does not matter to Kenyans, the country needs brave men and women who can effectively pursue sound policies and slay the dragon of corruption.

We want to see key political leaders galvanising their legislators around issues dear to the electorate like reduction of fuel prices, not photo sessions with the clergy.

It’s appalling that it’s only in Kenya where politicians belong to all the churches and subscribe to all the religious doctrines.

This joke has been ongoing for decades with the aid of certain clergymen, who must be told in no uncertain terms that they have played an active role in the deception that defines our politics.

Let the other churches follow and stop this.

Freelance journalist and writer

 

Edited by Kiilu Damaris