There’s been a raging debate in our current Kenyan politics which in my opinion, is very sickening. There are calls for a referendum that will “address national issues” and am wondering, what these national issues that couldn’t just have been discussed in a roundtable while sipping some cup of tea and find an amicable solution. I’ve lived through three regimes of power and the second one, some of the people calling for a referendum were in the same government and I remember at that time, no actually ever questioned their authority to the point of asking for a people’s opinion through vote. I would like to quote an article I read somewhere, “those calling for referendum are just people who lost in the election and are having a hard time moving on“. I need not say more, its pretty clear on that. In today’s newspapers, one of the very vocal politicians has actually asked the opposition to foot the bill of the referendum saying the ruling government will use its tyranny of numbers in the National Assembly to not approve any money for the referendum. And this is where I just love the Jubilee Side, they’re calm, are not busy politicking right front and center; they keep their cool, strategize and pounce with a ten-nil win.
Anyway, my blog ain’t about politics (I totally hate politics) but I came across this verse in the Bible yesterday night (I happen to be very religious) and it says about the respect for authority in the land. And according to my religious beliefs, defying the authority is defying God Himself and in a way that’s why, elections will never favor for those who defy God’s ordained authority. The verse is Romans 13: 1-7
Submission to Governing Authorities
13 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. 4 For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.
6 This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. 7 Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.