Letter to finalists 2017

Dear Finalists,
It has been my custom to use one last opportunity to speak to you but this time with the medium of the written word.
It has also been my custom to provide some insights to speak to finalists.
Well, in the next few paragraphs, I would like to call you to the duty to think and look beyond yourselves.
You are about to be ushered into the world in which the major currencies are power, pleasure and wealth. There is a lot of cynicism when you see headlines relating to land conflicts, people moving with sacks of money in their vehicles.

Maybe in your life you may have had driving permits given without driving tests, marks you scored fraudulently, spent money you had to lie to get.
Indeed, we are in a world in what honesty is belittled and fraud celebrated. In the words of Paul’s letter to the Romans 1:25 (who exchanged the truth of God for the lie), “we have exchanged the truth for a lie”. In trying to and claiming to be wise we have become fools (“Professing to be wise, they became fools” Romans 1:22.).
A man cannot be taken by his word. The currency of trust has dwindled. Evil has abounded and the hearts of those who seek truth and justice have grown cold. (Matt 24:12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.).

Well, this is not another sermon to whack our conscience into a guilt trip. All I am saying is that the finalists of 2017 are entering the world that is ‘messed up’.
History tells us that by 1970, Uganda was at the same economic level as Singapore, South Korea, Malaysia, Ghana and Kenya. These were the countries that were on the verge of something great economically. Next time you show your LG phone, TV or Fridge or Samsung phone, laptop or washing machine, remember these were things we are a people should have been making. (Yes, use them but we are supposed to have been making them)
What went wrong? Greed overtook us. The political class and economic leaders decided to swallow many of the roads into their stomachs and braided them into theirs and their children’s hair. Yes, cancer machines, classroom blocks and drugs have financed baby showers, weddings and small castles. How on earth can we celebrate theft just because the thief bought something expensive to show off with.
The factory where some of you should have been working was diverted to restock a private livestock farm and a dream holiday on the sandy beaches of Copa Cabana, Mombasa and Dubai. Stretches of roads leading to some of your home areas have financed private medical visits to the medical tourist destinations.
Is all hope all lost? Of course not. The fact that you are alive is one of the biggest miracles of life. Imagine how you were conceived! How the bones in your body were formed? What was all this for? Was it for just a graduation ceremony, nuptials, build a house, drive a car and then die? There was so much more for which you were made.

I am calling upon you to consider that you were born in this land and have been created for a time such as this. You have been made for a moment like this.
We need a generation that is going to say enough is enough; a generation that is so mad and says right from the depths of their hearts that I am so mad and I will no longer accept mediocrity; I am so mad that I will not accept stolen money to finance my education, lifestyle, hairstyle. Please, please get mad.
Once again you were born for a time like this. You were born in the right country, in the right century and in the right city, to the right set of parents into the right family.

You cannot afford to limit your glory to how many likes you get on social media. Our great grandparents sold off their colleagues as slaves and gave away colonies in exchange for mirrors, clothes and beads. Well, this has not changed. Our educated young people like you are selling off their thinking capacities in return for lingerie, imported fabric (made to look like stylish clothes) and likes on Facebook. The capital T truth is that you are made for a bigger call. What will you do for your locality and country? Do not mistake speaking English and slang with being intelligent. Do not exchange your decency just to be a “slay king or queen”.
Time has come for you to win the independence of this nation, but let it start with getting your independence in your mind.

So don’t you dare believe a lie that you are a mistake! You are not.
“In the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. And an outstanding reason for choosing some sort of God or spiritual-type thing to worship — be it, Jesus Christ or Allah, be it Yahweh or the Wiccan mother-goddess or the Four Noble Truths or some infrangible set of ethical principles — is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive. If you worship money and things — if they are where you tap real meaning in life — then you will never have enough. Never feel you have enough. It’s the truth. Worship your own body and beauty and sexual allure and you will always feel ugly, and when time and age start showing, you will die a million deaths before they finally plant you.” (David Foster Wallace, 2005)

I beseech thee to look remember that you were not born to just pay bills. “It is about making it to 30, or maybe 50, without wanting to shoot yourself in the head. It is about simple awareness — awareness of what is so real and essential, so hidden in plain sight all around us, that we have to keep reminding ourselves, over and over: “This is water, this is water.” (David Foster Wallace, 2005)

Now May God bless you and Keep you.
May God shine on your path as we build the communities we come from.
Amen

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The Land Vomits Up Its Inhabitants When They Engage In Same – Sex Relationships

In this day and age, truth has been exchanged for a lie but God is good for this write up…

Power of Prayer, Praise and the Word of God

1. Theland vomits up the inhabitants of nations which engage in same – sex relationships

In the previous post , we discovered that the Holy Scriptures Of Truth clearly revealed that same – sex relationships are perverse sexual practices.  God also warned Israel to heed the judgement of the Canaanites who were engaged in these practices. 

God said that the judgment of the Canaanites was twofold. First, the land would vomit up or spue out the inhabitants and secondly, they would be cast out of the land.  Israel would suffer the same judgment if they disobeyed the laws of God regarding sexual conduct:

Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it [is] abomination (H8441) (Leviticus 18: 22)

‘You shall not lie with a man, as with a woman. That is detestible (HNV)

Do not practice homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman. It is a…

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He who controls your desires controls your life

If you want to control a person, control them from the point of what they desire. Expose them to something that they develop a desire for it and then create a threat to restrict access to it. E.g. desire for fame, glamour, comfort, etc. Once they taste it and a threat of loss lingers, they will do anything to keep it.
Daniel 1:5 says And the king appointed for them a daily provision of the king’s delicacies and of the wine which he drank, and three years of training for them, so that at the end of that time they might serve before the king.
I believe in serving them with the King’s meals, there was a trick to get them hooked to the comforts and then get their loyalty lest they lose out.

Blessings through obedience

We may disagree with those in authority but we can only be blessed when we obey authority.. Even when you are more talented that they that are in authority.
– Romans 13:1 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.
– 1 Samuel 26:9 But David said to Abishai, “Do not destroy him; for who can stretch out his hand against the Lord’s anointed, and be guiltless?”
– 1 Samuel 24:6 And he said to his men, “The Lord forbid that I should do this thing to my master, the Lord’s anointed, to stretch out my hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the Lord.”
– 2 Samuel 1:14 So David said to him, “How was it you were not afraid to put forth your hand to destroy the Lord’s anointed?”
You will only be promoted basing on how you heed authority.
– 1 Samuel 15:22 Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams.

Why you should not trust the news: the view of a news editor

One night, probably in 1880, John Swinton, then the preeminent New York journalist, was the guest of honour at a banquet given him by the leaders of his craft. Someone who knew neither the press nor Swinton offered a toast to the independent press. Swinton outraged his colleagues by replying:

“There is no such thing, at this date of the world’s history, in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it.

“There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty_four hours my occupation would be gone.

“The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it, and what folly is this toasting an independent press?

“We are the tools and vessels of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.”

Though this was said before 1900’s the place of newsroom staff has not changed at all.

Beauty is beyond mustache and biceps: the big questions

I have failed in relationships. I have failed even when I have had the best intentions to make every effort to make things work. I believe many young people find themselves in situations when it comes to relationships because of lack of guidance. Trues to scripture, Hosea 4:9: …… my people perish because of lack of knowledge. Many have the right intentions but lack knowledge of what to do.

They say beauty is skin deep. This statement came at a time when women were predominantly selected on the basis of their looks. So, parents and elders advised the lads to look beyond the skin. What equal and yet imposing question can be said of men. We live in very interesting times. With the advent of social media young and old men have adopted greater attention to their looks.

In their book “What every woman wants in a woman: What every man wants in a woman”, John and Diana Hagee (2004) list the factors that women want in a man per age group. Though punctuated with strips of pun and comic relief lines, John and Diana point to the fact that looks become less important to a woman as she ages. Again, we live in very interesting times. Young men from next door are trying to look like the next top models while men past their fifties are hanging onto the fountain of youth. The stylish model-like looking wannabes and dreamers are getting the girls. So, what is the girl to ask before rending one’s heart to a godlike looking imbecile? The time is nigh to tell the girls that looks are only bicep and moustache deep.
A great man, whose name keeps out of my memory once said, “the quality of life one is to live depends on the type of questions one asks. It can also be said that the quality of relationship depends on the quality of the questions that the prospective participants in the relationship have of themselves and the other party in the relationship.

I have prepared some key questions that one ought to ask one’s self before one chooses to engage in a relationship. I have also prepared fundamental questions to ask the other party before opening up one’s heart.
a) Critical questions to ask one’s self to ask one’s self.
Deception in all its forms is not noble. It is not for a civilized person to live a life of deception even when everyone does it regularly. Of greater importance is to avoid self-deception. Self-deception involves one lying to one’s self and believing the lie. These questions are to be answered very honestly (Do not deceive self)
1. What is my family background?
a. Were my parents lawfully married or was there cohabitation?
b. Was there polygamy?
c. What is relationship I have with my siblings (including half siblings and step siblings)
d. Was there divorce (Have I come to terms with this divorce?)
i. Who do I blame for the divorce?
e. What economic activities did my parents (or guardians) engage in?
i. Was I comfortable with this kind of work?
f. What was the place of religion in my family?
g. Is tribe important to me?
h. Is race important to me?

All these affect our way of seeing value in others and relations?
2. What is my view of responsibility in a relationship? (Who is charged with what?)
3. What is my view of work?
a. What is my view of money? (In a relationship, am I okay with my partner having more money than me?
b. Am I okay with my partner pursuing a profession or an income generating passion?
4. Have I been in a relationship before?
a. Why did it fail? (Who was to blame?)
b. How many sexual partners have I been with?
c. Do I expect to engage in sexual relationship? If so, at what stage?
5. What is my health status?
a. What is my blood group?
b. What is my HIV, Sickle cell status?
c. Do I have any allergies or long term health issues? How am I coping?
6. What is my view of religion?
a. Is it okay for me to be with a person who subscribes to a different religious affiliation?
b. Do I answer to a religious authority?
7. How organised am I?
a. In my work?
b. In my place of abode?
8. How important are my friends in my decision-making processes?
a. Do the opinions of my friends influence what I choose in my life?
b. What are the opinions of my friends on relationships and marriage?
9. What do I do for a living?
a. Do I have a profession or a passion am pursuing?
b. How important is work to me?
10. How educated am I (let us face it we live in education times)?
a. Is education important to me in selecting a mate?
b. Am I still in school? (At what stage am I?)
i. Can I juggle education pursuits with a relationship?
11. Why do I want to be in a relationship?
a. Do I have time for one?
b