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The Spiritual Economy Revival We Must Embrace: Are We Ready?

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By George Kimando

Three friends last week circulated an undated clip on why African economies are perpetually doing badly in comparison to the Western ones.

The presenter mentioned two, religious and knowledge economies.

In an interesting and thought-provoking piece, he posited that African governments build their economies around religion, driving the need for religious beliefs above all else.

In contrast, Western economies are driven by knowledge borne of research, inventions and pragmatic approaches in solving their economic challenges and improving the lives of their people.

This has been the situation over the time from colonization to the present.

Amazingly, even with all the religious preaching and professing permeating almost every fibre of the African society, there is more corruption, poverty, starvation, disease, ignorance, class divisions and socio-economic ills in Africa than in China, Singapore, Japan, Malaysia, Korea, and other countries, which are much less religious than us.

Where is the disconnect?

This is where the Spiritual Economy sets in.

Simply put, we have to change our outlook to religion as has been preached for decades and engage Spiritual maturity that demands knowledge, the right motivation, and the know how to pragmatically resolve day to day challenges facing us as a people.

Pulpits must preach and act on the right message to the people, a message accompanied with acts of true emancipation that empowers a people not just spiritually, but economically too.

We must balance these facets of life.

If you take a keen look around, you see this setting in already, especially in a growing population and an emergent generation that question everything and anything that doesn’t make sense.

We can’t be preaching accumulation of ill gotten wealth, gluttonous consumption and shameless opulence as ‘blessings’ and ‘miracles’; we must learn and teach our people (especially the younger generations) the values of hard work, honesty, integrity, prudence and simplicity.

Teachings that glorify human driven poverty and human suffering must be called out for the hypocrisy they propagate.

We can’t have political leaders who connive with capital merchants to siphon our natural resources to the West for personal material gain and patronage; they must be called out for the destiny destroyers they are.

We must learn and teach our people about self respect and decency. Why do we have such heart rending experiences of our sisters in the Middle East? What kind of desperation would drive someone to work under such circumstances?

Our national psyche must be in tandem with our very spirituality. A religion that doesn’t advocate economic empowerment of its faithful, and acts towards the same, must be shunned.

Let’s face it.

There can be no spiritual resonance in a population that is economically disempowered.

It doesn’t matter how much you preach love for its own sake to young men and women seeking marriage partners; hugs and kisses alone won’t pay the bills. It’s that simple!

Ultimately, it’s about infusing goodness for its own sake in our daily lives and making it a lifestyle, both individually and collectively; both for man and country.

We must build an economy that not only serves us, but serves us well.

Spiritual knowledge is a wake-up call to ask the hard questions, get the right prescriptions and swallow them, however painful.

Do we, for instance, need more Churches or industries? Do we need more prayers against corruption and misgovernance, or more action against it? Do we need more of our tribes’ mates in government, or systems and structures that work for everybody?

Loving God and neighbour integrated in a national ethos and psyche that promotes common good and progress – especially economic progress – is a prescription we must swallow, however uncomfortable it might make many.

It’s this Spiritual Economy we must embrace and take leadership of.

Shouts of ‘Alleluyah I receive!’, ‘Amen i claim it in Jesus name!’, ‘depart from me poverty i declare!’ and seeing Satan in every misfortune or challenge remain hollow if not accompanied by conscious, concerted and deliberate actions.

I actually think we give Satan too much credit and burden God too much over solutions that are purely human.

There is a reason The Netherlands – a much less religious country than Kenya – is closing down its prisons while here we seem to be in one large prison away from prison buildings.

And that reason is not religion!

Have a Spiritual Economy-reflective Sunday, and a great week ahead.

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