Thrilled to share for the second time from Zimbabwe, Dumo Nyathi. She graduated with a LLB(Hons) from University of London. She is passionate about being passionate. She is fuelled by the desire to give people passion for their lives, career and ministry. She is a long time Sunday School teacher and peer leader so influencing and nurturing minds is one of her gifts.She currently attends River of life International. Enjoy!
Of late I’ve taken to asking myself ‘what would Jesus do?’ I wish I could say it’s for some invocational reason or that I find myself at a newer level of spirituality but sadly it’s not. Au contraire I find myself living in the most spiritually trying and tiring times in what is one of the most oxymoronic countries in the world: Zimbabwe.
My everyday reality now lies in the sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach when I see the my people frozen stiff with cold trying to withdraw their own hard earned money in whatever amount the bank feels like that day. Or how about the frenzy of ‘social media’ reporting causing people to use money they can’t afford to use to queue up and buy things which they have suddenly been told will disappear from the shelves? I cannot help but borderline despair when I hear people talking of 2008 (a rock bottom year for this lovely nation). Or the ever depressing newspaper reports announcing one calamity or another day after day, week after week. It is so easy to just walk head first into backsliding in this phase. The mania is everywhere: amongst believers and non-believers alike (sadly its hysteria in the churches).
Whilst this sounds like a dairy entry, it is an ever present reality that we all face especially as believing youths: how do we react in national crisis? I’m reminded of the beautiful queen Esther who faced the same crisis when Haman decided to have her entire race eliminated. She rose up and stood in the gap for her people even to the point of risking her swift execution when she approached her crazy husband without ‘permission’! Should we emulate Esther? Not risk losing our heads but standing in the gap?
Should we be the ones who give encouraging words and stand in the gap by praying? Should we curb corruption by fighting for justice in a diplomatic manner that befits the name we are called by?
The question of how I should respond comes up? What do I say, what do I do, how do I act? It shames me to even say that I have even asked myself whether I should even say or do anything at all. What a quandary! What would Jesus do?
After all, I take my very identity and life plan from Christ himself. And so I have pondered and prayed and turned the question over and over in my head.
And suddenly an epiphany fell on my lap like unexpected snow in Gweru (a city in Zimbabwe which experienced the ‘phenomena’). I then began asking myself: what would Jesus not do? And all the answers to this troublesome turmoil suddenly came.
Jesus would not complain, He would not sign up to be part of the problem and He certainly would not spend hours discouraging those around Him in such a situation.
Call me a blasphemer but Jesus would not be at the pulpit extorting instead of exhorting!
Brethren before you move, before you act: pass your action through the tried and true, good old fashioned WWJD. You will never go wrong.
With Love, DM.