Jamhuri marks the day when Kenya got its independence from the cruelty and tyranny of the British colony. There is no doubt about the suffering, it was huge and great. It marks also the day when Kenya was formally admitted to the commonwealth as a Republic.
Many Kenyans should be happy about this, for the benefits of liberty in my country are great. Naturally and personally, I detest tyranny and am forever thankful for the love of the fathers who fought tirelessly against the white man and chased him out of Kenyan soil.
That freedom we enjoy today was bought by the blood of Famous MauMau fighters. Freedom does not come for free but is always bought at a great price. Many suffered, were tortured, and killed for the sake of it. Nairobi, Kenya’s capital has many statues of these heroes who fought for this nation. It is indeed sad for that Kenyan who can read the sad story of Maumau fighters and be unmoved for what they went through.
There is no doubt that we are not entirely free but we taste a pinch of what freedom tastes like. I am thankful to God for our nation, for the peace and benefits we enjoy as a nation. We are not perfect, in fact, we are doing badly with lots of debt and economic struggles but still, I am thankful we are better than some nations I have no time to mention. Instead of grumbling and complaining, we should be thankful.
Something More Than Jamhuri
There is another tyranny worse than that of the British that I know of. It attacks both rich and poor, wise and foolish, old and young. It is the tyranny of sin. No child of Adam has ever escaped from it. Unlike Colonial tyranny, no man is able to conquer this tyranny. Its chains are unseen and many, I say it again, many are so blind to see the chains of sin.
The freedom from sin has been purchased by Christ. He purchased this freedom for us 2000 years ago with His precious blood. He calls those who would like to be freed from chains of sin to flee to Him for salvation. Beware that you do not reject who calls you to Him and miserably perish later because you refused to repent.
Sadly, many Kenyans celebrating Jamhuri today are not yet free. They don’t know about the freedom that is in Christ. They do not know about the good news of Jesus Christ. In ending this post, I would ask you reader, whether Kenyan or not,are you free? Repent and believe the gospel.