We need good, Godly politicians
This might sound like a joke to some people with the fact it is coming from someone like me, but revival is what we need to make this country great. I mean good and Godly, righteous Namibians will make this country great.
Just imagine that wonderful thought that we would, as a nation, turn our hearts back to pleasing our Creator, led by the head of state.
All great awakenings throughout history have started with individual humility and contrition. The preacher who is credited with the start of the great Azusa street revivals is said to have begun each service praying with his head stuck inside a bucket to both separate himself from the noise of the crowd but also to humble himself and hear God's voice before he began to speak.
Today as I start to write this piece I start with my head in such a bucket, figuratively, waiting for God to lead me, knowing that Namibia, or perhaps the ruling party, need a great awakening and praying that somehow my simple message is used by Him to that end.
As much as this might sound strange to those who have been following my writing for years, I genuinely feel that recognising our sin and preaching repentance and holiness is the only way to right Namibia's sinking ship. In this country today, everyone does what seems right in their own eyes and refuses to be told differently.
We are so hell-bent at what appears to be right in our eyes that we are willing to support candidates that are less qualified over the more qualified for the party presidency.
Are people just being stubborn or we just completely lost? Lately, we are resisting violently and with increasing frequency.
There are those who would rather see this country fall into chaos than see a candidate they do not support become president.
While it is a known fact that we have sinned and fell short of the glory of God and biblical ethics do not apply in politics, the anti-Hage are trying to make fairness obsolete in this country.
They seem to be playing by a different set of rules; to them, laws are only obeyed if they work in their favour. They have twisted that unwritten political code of ethics to their agenda and begun to supplant the standard interpretation of the Swapo Party constitution in their own twisted and biased analysis.
In their way, they have slowly altered what we thought we knew about the ruling party.
Let me draw your attention to one of the most misused Scriptures by those against prosperity and everything good we are trying to achieve in Matthew Chapter 7: “Judge not, that you be not judged.
"For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure, you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but does not notice the log that is in your eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye."
To the anti-Hage "Judge not lest ye be judged" means, "You don't get to point out my sin," or even worse, "You don't have the right to say what is or is not sin."
Scripture is our guide as to what is and is not sin and the laws of our nation as enumerated in our constitution used those scriptures and others writings to establish a Judicial System based on Natural Law.
For instance, "Don't judge me" is an improper division of the Word of Truth and Natural Law. "Don't judge me" is a satanic deception almost as clever as Satan convincing the world that he doesn't even exist.
If we take a peek at the whole of Matthew Chapter 7 more accurately says: "If you dish it out you better be ready to take it," and "Deal with your issues first, then you will be able to help others with theirs."
What do we understand about these words and what do they seem to suggest to us? Now let us try to apply them politically, since almost all these politicians in this country claim to be Christians.
We can see that those who are trying to topple down the President and the legacy that he is trying to create have a tendency of only dishing it out but are not able to take it. They tend to dish out torrents of criticism, accusations and sometimes even insults but they cannot make it when done to them.
I know that those in support of the President and believe in him are supposed to have a higher moral ground because they support a man who stands for something that is true. This is why we see that when they are attacked with malicious lies, they are supposed to come back with facts.
The assertion that Christians aren't supposed to use Scripture to define sin, name it, call it out, and preach that those crimes need to be repented for and cut out of our lives, like cancer, is heresy. Scripture is clear regarding "Knowing people by their fruits," "Marking those that cause division," "Rightly dividing truth," and being "Righteous judges of matters both within and without the church."
If we take a closer look at all the candidates vying for the top four at the ruling party congress in November, it’s not an exaggeration to say that we know them by the fruits their bear.
This we can tell by their respective contributions they have made to this country and the ruling party. We can also show by the reasons that have motivated them to aspire to be in the position they so desire.
Let us study this, and it is easy to see the ones motivated by power-hungriness, tribalism and greed. There is an entire book in the Old Testament entitled "Judges," yet those who would be left alone to allow their sin to become a national epidemic, putting our very nation in peril, don't want us to mention transgression against God at all. They know their reasons and motivations are despicable, yet they are passing themselves as people who can run this country better.
For one let’s take the example of the new Armas Amukwiyu who is up against a seasoned like Hon. Sophia Shaningwa. The man does not even know what it means to be a leader beyond his regional office, has never held any meaningful senior position in the ruling party nor government yet he is passing himself as a better candidate. We support and encourage people to be ambitious, but let us be real; we cannot be doing ourselves, and this country justice is supporting a candidate whose sordid motives are known. One comrade pointed it out right this week saying,
“He did not have any party secretary assignments or appointments or any state positions. Minister or governor, or SOE appointments even at board levels. The position he is vying for is a full-time job; there is no on the job training for this position. It is not a development position.
Whereas Cde. Shaningwa, she has the required experience and competency to start delivering from the first day. She doesn’t need any training on the job. She has been a senior at an SOE. She has been a successful governor, hardworking minister.” He track record speaks for itself, cannot be rivalled by someone like Amukwiyu.
In fact, God's Word says that we will judge angels. How much more the matters of this life? Our Creator has placed godly pastors, judges, and yes, even some politicians, among us that we may one day have a hope of making Namibia great.
President Hage has nominated a team of formidable and proven candidates whose work in the part and on the national level speaks volumes. If you take a closer look at them, you can see that they are all Godly persons and principled constitutionalists.
And yes, there are some more of their kind in the party that need to be inserted back into the governmental structure as we try to make Namibia a great nation. At the moment, forgive me for saying this, but the President was spot on in choosing these three.
I believe that before we can make Namibia significant, we first have to make Namibia right. Dear readers, friends and colleagues, building Namibia good again start with you and me, face down on the floor, humbled before God with our heads in proverbial buckets, begging God's forgiveness. Let us start by studying, praying, reading and learning to rightly divide the Word of Truth and then taking that Truth, in love and compassion, with boldness, to those that are perishing. How else will they hear?
Just imagine how beautiful it would feel to see a great awakening in Namibia. Wouldn't it be wonderful to see revival break forth across this land of ours once, making it great, from end to end, by making God celebrated in the hearts of Namibians?
We saw what happened at the PB and the CC meeting, rather than taking the higher ground as leaders in preserving the legacy, stability and continuity and call party members to join in, some chose to sink down into the fray, getting soiled and dirtied in pursuit of power. Rather than being a voice of sanity and clarity to the nation as leaders of the ruling party, their message is muddled and opted to forget one of the party traditions just because of power-hungriness and greed.
They are ruder than redemptive and more caustic than compassionate, they need God. As seniors and leaders in the ruling party, surely they can and must do better.
Power-hungry and tribalistic politicians, greedy and conniving business persons are not an existential threat to the peace and stability of the country; they are cancer within. They are dapper and edgy, presented by the media as if anti-heroes flawed but somehow loved. The rapid normalisation, nay, glamorization of the anti-Hage force is also, depressingly, a function of media's established profound towards and solidarity with those they intend to push and make household names.
It is sad that the public is not told enough-a-time that Hage's administration is diligently focusing its energy and efforts on correcting previous mistakes without wasting a single second on pointing fingers.
The public is not told enough-a-time that President Hage inherited so many problems, instead of allowing themselves to be used by tribalistic and greedy businessmen and these power hungry, dishonest and manipulative groups that have refused to accept him as president and propagating negative energy around him, they should get together and help their government help them.
No matter how shocking this may sound to Hage's malicious critics, those tribalists who spend their time condescendingly mocking and accusing anyone who is honest enough to say a good word about the president of being on the payroll, President Hage is a great man.
He has demonstrated that he is a thoughtful, hardworking public servant who has earned the respect of leaders at home, Africa and overseas. Without taking anything from past presidents, Dr Hage is an upstanding, principled and dignified leader who has survived a lot his long political career and is currently surviving the most purposely made volatile and unstable administration in Namibian history.