Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Hope in the face of Difficulties

In recent years i have had encounter with people that have left me with questions than answers. Everyone i happen to meet is keenly looking for reason why we have slow progress in almost every process. In Kenya we have witnessed a terrorism threats from within. This is happening at time when our forces are inside Somalis pursuing the Alshabab militant. Only last Sunday Africa Inland Church was attached at Garrisa. There is a lot of questions from everyone again, we are all asking who did it and what was the reason. I have had long associations with AIC and i truly understand that this is difficult now to the faithful ones continuing their pilgrimage journey in midst of threats such as these one. We wish those that are at hospital quick recovery and comfort to those that were left by their loved ones. We should not retreat in our commitment reaching the lost for Christ even when we are surrounded by these difficulties. Christianity teaches that God is love and that if we dot demonstrate love we don't show him as love. May God be with all that are serving him in difficult terrains. Let us rejoice that God has loved us since the creation of the world. I truly understand that we have worries concerning those that passed away, However Paul inn his letters to1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 give us hope concerning our destiny as believers even after we are dead and this is what he says
13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.These word spoken by Paul thousands years ago have provided solace and hope to humanity and will continue doing it over and over.
Even as we mourn the departed of our sisters and brothers in Christ, we should focus on God and pray that the Lord would bring unto completion his work among the nomadic people group and that solutions would be founded to address these matters pertaining to the security of the citizens  and that the Government would work hard to protect lives of its citizen even as we seek for justice to this massacre. Its our earnest pray that those behind this merciless killings would be finally be brought into the book of the law and be held accountable. Christianity encourages peaceful coexistence with people of other faiths and throughout its history compassion, humility, peace love and kindness has been the pillars of Christianity and i believe even today faced with these challenges the people of God would be tolerant as we seek to proclaim the goodness of Jesus declaring that he is the only way into a relationship with God. May all those that died rest in Peace until we meet.