By Musunga Mwansa
Perhaps I have simply underestimated the hypocrisy of Christians. Growing up ‘Churched’ so to speak, I have been saturated with the idea preached Sunday after Sunday about the need for Christ and his name glorified to be the focus not only of ministry but our everyday life. What I had known growing up in this counter cultural ideology was that the pursuit of the world, prestige, riches and fame was vanity and a chasing after the wind. I am now beginning to understand that we stand for these things only as far as our selfish desires remain comfortably undisturbed. What is the point of having a Christian worldview when actually the pursuit of the world is the only thing the supposed Christian does view? Why build your business on what Christ demands when what the culture practices is so much easier. I mean I thought we were the ones standing for the righteousness imputed to us by Christ, but I can see now that those were little more than grandiose claims of moral superiority spewing forth from a desperately diseased and sinful heart. I should have known though. For all our talk about the cultural mandate, and our dreams of a better and more God glorifying Zambia where Christians vie for a God-focus to politics, to business, to work ethic, to patriotism, to culture, we need look no further than the mirror to spot the culprits responsible for the cesspool of cultural disdain we find ourselves in. It’s not hard to see where the puzzle failed to connect.
Who were we, sinners as we are, to contend for the perfection attained only by a perfect being? I mean sure, Christ himself died that our way may lead to God and heaven, but hey my child has to have the most prestigious education that money can provide; man SHALL live on bread alone and the Word well, maybe one day he will atone. When was the last time we sat our parents/children down and asked how can I pray for you? By contrast when was the last time we asked our children how school was? When was the last time we asked our parents for money? It was foolish wasn’t it? To think that a wholesome dedication to Christ in totality was really an achievable standard. To think we really would sacrifice the potential societal esteem associated with contemporary education at University X for Christ-centred, holistic, and revolutionary education that re-establishes God as the centrepiece and source of all knowledge.
Allow me a moment to readjust 25 years of the message of the gospel to accommodate this hypocrisy. I will be sure to tell my children in advance so they are not ill-prepared for the reality of life, and they properly understand from the beginning that the theoretical implications of the Gospel translate very little to the practical aspects of life in the office, school, family, and government.
I get it now. My mistake