By George Kimando
‘Be still and know that i am God’ (Psalms 4:10).
Think about this as you go to vote for your preferred candidate on Tuesday.
Politics in this country, as is elsewhere in the world, has this knack of whipping up emotions that has most atrocious outcomes.
Loved ones fight and become divided, hating on each other on account of their preferred leaders, many of whom do not even know them. Genocides have occurred in national jurisdictions, including our own in 2007. How despicable!
I have deliberately dedicated space in these platforms in the last few weeks to preach peace, tolerance and accommodation. Because, really, it matters.
Let’s face it. The die is cast.
It’s too late in the day for anyone to do anything significant about this election. Unless for an act of God, the numbers won’t change between now and Tuesday.
That being the case, all these pro or anti so and so messages, especially on social media platforms, are pointless; they are only likely to whip up acrimony and dissent, which is even more pointless.
What’s done is done.
Of the close to twenty thousand candidates for the various seats, only about 1,800 will get elected to office. Wengine wajitafutie shughuli like the rest of us 50 million Kenyans. Five years isn’t a long time, they can afford to wait to make another attempt.
It’s time to unwind and disengage from your preferred candidates. There’ll be life after elections with family, friends and neighbours to live with as before.
Maintain peace, and remember we’ll still be here after the significant 9th without the politicians, majority of them who’ll be nursing heartbreaks and depression.
Be a brothers and sisters keeper; we’ll need each other more (like we always did) than we’ll need the politicians.
Just go cast your vote peacefully, await and accept the outcome. A win or loss, it’s life and it’s never that serious.
For believers like yours truly, lets challenge one another to be the difference and the light our world needs, the salt that makes the difference.
We may not agree on our individual choice of preferred candidates, but we can afford to differ in civility and decorum, can’t we? Elections happen once every five years, but we are family, friends and neighbours always.
Beyond this election, we have those relationships to sustain and nurture; let’s be sensible. I’ll still need my cross ethnic spouse, children, workmate, social group colleague, friend, girl/boy friend, fiancée, business associate…whoever, we will still need each other.
Let this not be lost to us.
And whoever wins whatever position, let magnanimity prevail. Do not count on your own strength, but recognize the presence of divinity in the responsibility of stewardship in Gods vineyard that’s His earth and His people. You are not special, but chosen.
Remember that those who lost are hurting and vulnerable, and it behoves you as a responsible leader to accommodate diverse interests. That’s not a biological entitlement; be a faithful steward.
I know many Kenyans and friends who have prayed and fasted for this country over this election. Whatever happens and whoever wins or loses, we must trust God enough to let Him be. When we ask for His will to be done, we must then be ready to accept it.
He knows the hearts of all men and women, and certainly knows who best among the candidates fits in His will for our country.
Be still, and know He is God.
Have a trusting Sunday, and an even more trusting and peaceful election week ahead.
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