By Francis Ayieko
On the morning of Saturday, May 18, a friend called when I was with other anti-abortion demonstrators on Haile Selassie Avenue, Nairobi. When I told him I was part of those who had turned up to march for unborn babies, he was surprised and asked, rather incredulously: “You mean you are an activist nowadays?”
I laughed and responded: “No. I am pro-life and I want to stand up for what is right. I don’t mind being called an activist for refusing to keep quiet on matters that go contrary to the Word of God.”
I had joined the march both to protest and cover the event for the SHEPHERD. Shortly after the two-and-a-half-hour march that took us through five major streets in the city, one lady asked me where I had been to. When I told her I had been marching on the streets against abortion, she smiled faintly, grinned and asked: “Do you think it (abortion) will end?”
“We cannot end abortion – or any other sin for that matter – but we can definitely save some lives,” I replied. But she only said “sure” and the conversation ended.
I don’t consider myself an activist, a word that in Kenya has long been associated with people agitating for political change and some well-funded non-governmental organisations fighting for social causes like human rights and women rights. But I have decided I will not stand and watch as sinners shamelessly demand to be allowed to destroy innocent lives while others insist that going against the order of nature is cool. If they have the audacity to stage protests, how much more should a Christian resist, shout and do basically anything that would stop their evil agenda?
Lately, God has been speaking to me about taking a stand and acting publicly against evil. God has been reminding me that evil that is tolerated is aggressive. We can’t destroy sin, but we can deter it through decisive actions. And that might save some lives.
The onslaught on the things we treasure – the family, marriage, our children – is on. It is coming from every quarter. If it is not drug peddlers, it is proponents of homosexuality, or the cold-hearted merchants of infanticide, the abortionists. Not to mention those people who tell us our faith is baseless because “there is no God”.
But in all this, the true Christian finds himself reacting to well-planned and meticulously orchestrated attack on the social fabric of the society. Unlike a few years ago when the “big” sins churches would routinely condemn were drunkenness, adultery, fornication, and prostitution, today’s Church has to deal with people who are not shameless about their sins, but are actually demanding “recognition” (like the LGBT community) of sins that are even shameful to mention.
God has put us in this nation at such a time as this for a reason. We must discern that reason and stand up for what is right in the sight of God. Each one of us can do something.
I was impressed by the seriousness with which Christians took the case that sought to legalise gay marriages in the country. On the eve of the May 24 ruling, Facebook was awash with prayers and fierce stands, backed by biblical passages, against homosexuality. When the judges refused to decriminalise sections of the penal code that ban homosexuality in the country, they were praised.
Unfortunately, whereas gay rights activists vowed to continue with the push, most well-meaning Christians think it is game over. Whereas perpetrators of evil are regrouping and re-strategising, we have returned to our default mode, waiting for what will happen next.
As the conscience of the society, we must always remain watchful. We cannot be watchful if we are reactive. Being watchful requires going on the offensive – always doing something, however small, to counter evil forces.
You can counsel a young girl who wants to procure an abortion because of an unplanned pregnancy. You can direct a young man who thinks being gay is cool to a Christian youth group. You can support a crisis pregnancy organisation or a centre for drug addicts. You can also financially support the SHEPHERD to effectively expose evil and highlight stories of bold Christians applying their faith in God in their respective spheres of influence.