Why do we entertain slander so much???

Alleged “ORIGINAL QUOTE OF “DONALD TRUMP”

“African Americans are very lazy. The best they can do is gallivanting around ghettoes, lamenting how they are discriminated. These are the people America doesn’t need. They are the enemies of progress. Look at African countries like Kenya for instance, those people are stealing from their own government and go to invest the money in foreign countries. From the government to opposition, they only qualify to be used as a case study whenever bad examples are required. How do you trust even those who have ran away to hide here at the United States hiding behind education?

“I hear they abuse me in their blogs but I don’t care because even the internet they are using is ours and we can decide to switch it off from this side. These are people who import everything including matchsticks. In my opinion, most of these African countries ought to be re-colonized again for another 100 years because they know nothing about leadership and self governance. I promise to make America great again by restoring our dignity that we have since lost through Obama. The more reason why I still believe that he, and his Kenyan brothers and sisters should be deported back to Kenya to make America safe.”

P/S – There is of course some (a lot of) truth to what “Donald Trump” apparently said about Africans. I am glad that more Africans are beginning to see that we cannot keep blaming whites for our self-inflicted problems. I suspect that few Africans below 25 really buy the Western Imperialism story. I may not go as far as supporting colonization, but I would instead make an outlandish proposal that we hire a team of foreigners to form Cabinet and manage Zambia for 30 years until we become a developed country and there is a full transfer of good governance skills to us.


When I first read this story alleging that 2016 US Presidential candidate Donald Trump had called blacks (especially Africans) as “lazy fools only good at eating, lovemaking and thuggery”, I knew it could not possibly be true. I forgot about it but kept seeing it being posted all over WhatsApp and Zambian social media. So being the skeptic that I am, I went on Google and in 2 minutes flat, I confirmed my thoughts by simply running a search for “Donald Trump Africa controversy”.

Sure enough, I did not find a single American website that carried such a story. If Trump did indeed insult black Americans as was quoted, can you imagine the firestorm that would erupt in America in the media within just an hour? Can you imagine what Jesse Jackson, Louis Farrakhan, Reverend Al Sharpton and other black leaders and activists in America would do to him? That would be the end of his political career and it would be on CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, Sky News, etc. Have any of you see such a story on these media houses?

The fake story originated on a Kenyan news website called Politica (politics.co.ke) and has been copied and pasted on other African sites and numerous Facebook pages without a second thought. But one website (snopes.com) investigated and of course found the story to be fake. Trump in fact has not visited Indianapolis in October, where he is alleged to have uttered those racist words.

Yet probably millions of Africans have accepted this story as true and are probably cursing and insulting Trump and the white race. Ironically, it just goes to prove the fake Trump quotation. Africans are apparently so lazy that they cannot even bother to do a Google search to verify the story. Or even just spend one minute to think and realize that the story cannot be true.

I am reminded of the old joke about how you hide information from a black man by putting it in a book. It seems you can also hide information from the black man on his own smart phone and computer just by posting it on a website since he won’t bother to go read it. He would rather read stupid gossip made up by someone else.

And this is not even the first (or last) time. Years ago, there was an email circulating which claimed that Tommy Hillfiger is a racist who told Oprah Winfrey on her “Oprah Winfrey Show” that if he knew black people would wear his clothes, he would never have started his clothing company. Winfrey chased him from her show according to the story.

I did a quick 5 minute search and found a story on the Oprah Winfrey Show website refuting the story. In fact, Hillfiger had never been interviewed before by Winfrey and he went to meet her so that they could refute the story together and she explained everything on her show. On the Tommy Hillfiger website, I saw pictures of black models which is inconsistent with a racist. And no clothing company can survive a week in America if its owner utters racist words. The rumour was apparently traced to some American University in the mid 1990s and it spread for years and years, being shared by Africans too lazy to do a little bit of thinking (or reading).

Apparently, reporters at the Zambian watchdog are earning a huge fortune by deliberately slandering every sort of malicious lie they can possibly make about the president and and his government and president we have ‘proudly’ elected all if not all our presidents based on how well they can slander about their opponents and appeal to our ignorance with their made up facts and theorems.

All this reveals that there is something wrong with us Africans that we can believe false things so easily and I still have not figured out why. Whatever it is, I am alarmed because it may explain a lot of tragic things that have happened in Africa such as civil wars, genocide and ethnic cleansing.

For example, in most of Africa, we easily embraced Communism and evil dictatorships that lasted for decades and destroyed our nations. To this day, many Zimbabweans apparently believe what Robert Mugabe tells them as the cause of the economic collapse of the country (ie Western sanctions). Belatedly, some of his own people have rejected his story and have recently began to quietly ask white farmers to return to Zimbabwe after they failed to manage the huge commercial farms they were given and became very poor.

In Zambia, Kenneth Kaunda our first president has gotten away with destroying the Zambian economy because he sold the story that it was low copper prices and high oil prices that wrecked the economy in the 1970s. I do not recall any Zambian journalist challenging him in an interview on this claim by doing some simple research to discover for example that the civil service expanded several times after independence and that when the economy was bad, KK opted to borrow money to keep civil servants and waste money on parastatals and liberation wars in other countries instead of cutting such spending and privatizing parastatals.

At the risk of courting controversy, it can be argued that even Africans embracing Islam, Christianity and other foreign religions to the abandonment of centuries old African religions is part of this same naiveté and lack of critical thinking. Hence the joke about how the white man brought a bible, taught the African Christianity and asked to pray. After the prayer and opening their eyes, the black man had the bible and the white man had the land.

Some commentators have even gone as far as saying that Christianity was just a ploy by whites to colonize gullible Africans by making them docile. They supposedly did this by setting up mission schools which taught African children the white man’s knowledge but also taught them Christianity and made them less resistant to the white man’s rule when they grew up.

Whilst I do not subscribe to such conspiracy theories, they may contain a small element of truth in that when certain events occur (such as Africans embracing wholesale what they are taught by foreigners), the situation can be used to further certain schemes such as control of natural resources. But I digress.

Other pundits lament the wholesale embracing of Western culture in terms of dressing, language, accents, mannerisms and even food such that if you go to the big shopping malls, you will be hard pressed to find a meal of nshima or even tute (cassava). Instead you will find chicken and chips, pizza, shawarmas, salads, subs, etc.

In the bars, pubs and taverns, you won’t find the local Zambian brews such as katata and Seven Days but rather Heineken, Castle and Spirits. Zambians quickly embraced these foreign drinks for decades before someone finally thought of packaging Chibuku and even then, it is looked down upon as the poor man’s drink. Could all this be another manifestation of our gullibility?

A good example of the Zambian and African culture of gullibility is how we believe almost any story about witchcraft and other claims about the paranormal. Recently, a church was burnt down in Zambia because of a mere rumour that a pastor had turned into a snake. Residents of one shanty compound in Lusaka a few years ago killed a strange creature they thought was a product of witchcraft and yet it was a simple Pangolin.

Whatever the theories, explanations and causes, all I know is that there is something wrong with us when we can so easily believe any claims thrown at us without exercising some healthy skepticism. It makes it easy for unscrupulous people to manipulate us. No wonder the Nigerian 419 scams have worked so well in Africa. No wonder corrupt politicians find it easy to lie and deceive Africans into voting for them. This issue is not as harmless as some may think.

My advice to all Africans is that next time you see an outlandish story, take time to think a little about it before you forward it. I think that Philosophy should be introduced as a compulsory subject in Secondary schools. And if possible, even common sense.

Is it the END of the world….?

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The elite have always tried to challenge the  fact that this world we are living in is soon ending, stating various ‘perceived’ logical reasons. Even so, it should not be hard for anybody to notice that everything getting out of hand. You do not need a special kind of optical lens to see that we mother earth has never experienced what it is experiencing today.

The bible, written over two thousand years ago already foretold of all that which we are seeing and has warned that if we see this, then we should know that the time of Jesus is near

Mark 13:77“When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be frightened; those things must take place; but that is not yet the end. 8“For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will also be famines and pestilence in diverse places. These things are merely the beginning of birth pangs. 9“But be on your guard; for they will deliver you to the courts, and you will be flogged in the synagogues, and you will stand before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them.”


Since some say the  bible is compromised, how about we compare Biblical perspective to extra-biblical sources (history/secular). The future in plain sight by Eugene Linden explains 9 clues to the coming instability. (Non biblical writer):

  • The collapse of the global economy. I do not have to explain this point. Just in the last 5 years we have witnessed the biggest, unexplainable and most consecutive collapse of economies.
  •  The migration of the poor to the cities. Dawn reports; Of the total population estimated at 6.3 billion in 2005, 3.7 billion lived in rural areas (65.96 percent) and 2.6 billion lived in urban areas (34.04 percent).By 2020, the population is expected to reach 8.4 billion at an annual growth rate of 1.8 per cent, with urban populations at 71.2 percent.”  At the current rate, towns are already full and any addition would literally chock them. the Middle East alone is supplying more refugees than all the wars fought in America combined. original
  • Population explosion (urban and rural).This point is a stand alone but looking at the explosive figure in there above extract wouforecast_derived_from_LTGmodelld give you a rough picture.
  • Global warming. whether Sdn11639-2_808cientists argue that wWorld Human Population Explosione are within the normal ranges or not, global warming has now become a song. Why…can the current rate of global warming be tamed? Or shall we prepare for a global melt down…
  • Economic disparity between rich and poor. 85 richest 3.5 billion oxfam  comparing-wealthThe margin between the rich and theconsumption-inequality-2005-pie poor continues to grow and now most enterprises are aimed at making the most profits and, cutting workforce and not on service provision. eg(Bill Gates valued at 86 countries)
  • The collapse of bio ecosystems and environmental concerns. Every other organism is disappearing from our ecosystem at the hands of man who once was the keeper entrusted to take care of everything. Selfishness has led to man manipulating every other of God’s own creation.
  • Water and food shortages.  ipcc.ch/…ions_and_data/ar4/wg3/en/ch1s1-3tmp508344232528838658water-shortage
  • Infectious diseases – Yes diseases were there even in the past but re-surges (reappearance frequency) and resilience (ability to survive available medicines) is what is threatening. Bird flu, Ebola, swine flu…etc.
  • Radical fundamentalism in religion Fundamentalist. Never in the history of the world have people been so ruthless and intolerant of other people’s religious values. Indifference now proclaims enmity.

” {to hate is human, to bomb is divine: ISISL.}The fundamentalist militant group Boko Haram emerged in northern Nigeria around 2002 and since 2009 it has waged an unremitting, increasingly violent and increasingly sophisticated insurgency against the government of Nigeria, characterized by political assassinations, bombings, and attacks on Nigerianbokogovernment institutions, Christians, apostate Muslims and government-run schools.For nearly five years, the group has killed thousands across Nigeria’s north and yet none of its violent acts has succeeded in provoking the degree of revulsion worldwide as the 14 April kidnapping of 276 girls from Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno state.”

Looking at Revelations: Rev 3:11; 22:7; 22:12; 22:20 …’behold..I come quickly’ Rev 16:15 ‘blessed is he that watcheth,…’ Jesus warns us about His coming and the signs to look for: Matt 24:3-4:

Deception and False prophets ’take heed that no man deceive you’

Jim Jones founded the American people’s temples cult – all committed suicide; David Koresh said “I am the lamb” believed he was the Messiah – all committed suicide;

Marshall Appelwhite convinced his followers to also commit suicide so that their souls could take a ride on a spaceship that they believed was hiding behind the Comet HaleBopp. ipcc.ch/…ions_and_data/ar4/wg3/en/ch1s1-3

Dr Jose Luis de Jesus Miranda believes he is the man Christ Jesus, the king of kings and lord of lords – has 300 TV and radio stations, 350 educational centre’s – teaches sin no longer exists, no devil exists – destroyed 2000 years ago http://www.cegenglish.com/apostle . He now claims to be the antichrist (changing ‘it’ into something good).

Time magazine had an article on his “A different Jesus to believe in?”

 Wars and rumors of wars: Bill Clinton as well as Budwig von Misis Institute quotes this as the bloodiest century in all history. More than 170 million people were killed by governments with 10 million being killed in World War 1 and 50 million in WW2 www.mises.org/story/2355. “The Pentagon’s budget equals half of the world’s defense spending www.spacewar.com/reports. That is more than the amount needed to eradicate malaria, malnutrition and cholera from the world at once.ulnutriti

Famines: Growing desserts, global mean temp’s is increasing – especially since ‘80’s;

Pestilences: Aids estimated at 47 million people infected worldwide, ETB, Bird flu, mad cow disease,

Earthquakes and in diverse places: amount of days (frequency) between the world’s worst earthquakes has decreased dramatically from 1998-2006. Also a dramatic increase in people killed (284 000 people killed in 2004 alone).

Destructive Weather patterns: Earth is now the hottest it’s ever been. Typhoons, Hurricanes. Increase in violence: lawlessness, inequity. Estimated that the average 18yr old has witnessed at least 200 000 violent acts of which 40 000 are murders. Violence on computer games, movies, road rage, video’s, in the home. Don’t look at signs in isolation, but all together!

2 Tim 3:1-4 ..’that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God.

The world today is all about selfish desires : as long as it feels good, do it, if it looks good, take it, if it tastes good, eat it…; There has been unprecedented loss of family values; homosexuality; prostitution; rape…e.t.c, it interested me to notice and compare a chat  Top 7 disciplinary problems in ‘40’s o Talking out of turn o Chewing gum in class o Making noise o Running in the hall o Cursing in line o Dress code infractions o Littering Top 7 disciplinary problems in ‘90’s o Drug use o Alcohol abuse o Pregnancy o Suicide o Rape o Robbery o Assault.

Matthew 24:14 “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” But why hasn’t the world ended yet..because it’s not just about the Name of Jesus Christ but of his Character. Jesus does not want anyone to perish hence he is waiting until every ear hears of the glory of God and the sacrificial death of his son Jesus Christ so it shall stand as testimony during the day of judgment. “2 Peter 3:9 ‘The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.’ God is giving all of us a chance to turn fromevil so it shall not be as it was in the days of Noah.

Love…Beyond Christianity…

We all remember from as early as Sabbath school to “love your neighbor as yourself.” It can be a challenge, but it’s one Christians practice daily in their walks with God. However, many overlook the command just before this one, in Mark, when Jesus says to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” This is a sweeping mandate. How does one actually love God with heart, soul, and strength, even in times of anger or despair?

It’s humanly impossible for even the most dedicated and faithful individuals on earth to follow this mandate completely throughout life. That does not mean it’s not worth striving for. Following these commands to love God with everything we have means putting our trust in Christ and continually asking for understanding, guidance, and strength. Knowing God is the first step, but it’s not enough. This one passage encompasses the entire reason faith is a lifelong journey.

Going to church, studying the Bible, praying, and having conversations with other Christians are only part of the answer. Our thoughts, motivations, and feelings, along with the intensity of those characteristics, must also be routinely evaluatedand redirected. It’s the culmination of all of these combined with outward actions of compassion that demonstrate our love of God with all of our minds, bodies, and souls.

The Story of Job

 

The story of Job imparts much wisdom to the Christian directive to love God with everything we have. When Job is afflicted with pain and suffering after living a seemingly righteous life, he can be interpreted as a patient sufferer even in the midst of unrighteous circumstances. Today, we often hear of Christian persecution in the Middle East. These individuals have often followed a calling to bring more followers to Christ and have risked their lives to do so. In the stories related on the media, many are incarcerated and die for their beliefs.

While you may never have to undergo extreme circumstances like Job, understanding his fortitude in times of strife may be helpful in framing your current trials and tribulations. Are there times when you feel forsaken by God and don’t understand His purpose? Like all of us who struggle for understanding, God’s point and purpose may not seem clear today, tomorrow, or in this life.

In your search for loving God with all your being, pray for patience and clarity every day. For many, unwavering faith is not like a light-switch, but more like practicing for a marathon. Unless you train consistently and mold your thoughts, feelings, and actions with positive influences, you may not be able to make it through the last part of the race.

Are you looking for that missing piece in your life? Embracing Christ as your savior and starting to train for the greatest marathon in life will be the most rewarding experience you can have. St. Peter’s Church and World Outreach Center welcomes anyone looking for answers. Together we can help one another build a strong love for God that will carry us through the good times and the bad.

What life is all about…

“…look I put everything before you, good and evil and life and death, and look I give you power of choice, so you choose for yourself. Choose what is right and live forever”image

Life is not about what you have or what you do not have. Life is the sum of experiences that we encounter as we go through life. Day to day struggles and triumphs are experienced by all of the world’s creatures. As human beings, when we encounter a challenge, we have freedom to choose how to react. Every decision that we make leads us down a different road. We will never come to exactly the same crossroads. Every decision that we make has significance. The tiniest choice that we make reverberates throughout the entire universe.

Life is full of challenges. Economic difficulties, serious illnesses, family problems, and political unrest plague people on a daily basis. How a person faces each challenge that comes their way however, says much about their character, who they are on the inside. Some people draw strength and inspiration from the experiences of others, others from their own. But all in all, life is all about decisions, choices that we make…be wise!!!

Trusting God come what may…

“Lord, I want to trust you, but I don’t know how!”

When life throws that curve ball and you have the wind knocked out of you, what do you do? Where do you turn?

When we were kids we used to put a small hole in each end of an egg and then blow the contents out. The egg looked like any other in the bowl, but it was hollow. When pressure was applied to it, it broke easily into shattered pieces. I often think of that egg as I field life’s curve balls and as I watch others do the same. A hollowness in our souls will leave us feeling shattered from the pressures of life.

When a relationship becomes strained, when illness robs your days, when your stomach churns with the stress of unpaid bills, when the unexpected happens, do you crumble like a hollow eggshell or do you know where to find strength for your inner soul?

God’s Word, the Bible, has principles for living. Principles written for us by the very God that created us and understands the hollowness that can creep unbidden into our souls. This is not merely positive thinking or visualization, this is help from the God of the universe, the same God that sent His son Jesus to be the source of everything we need to face the curve balls of life.

Listen to the promise for you that comes straight from the heart of Father God:

“May the God of hope
fill you with all joy and peace
as you trust in him
so that you may overflow with hope
by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Romans 15:13

Did you hear it? Joy, peace and hope offered to you by the God of hope!! This is not just a promise to “get by” or to be a “survivor” – it’s a promise of overflowing with hope – of being filled with joy and peace!!

Sounds a bit like fluff doesn’t it! Is it really possible to be pulled from the pit of despair and overflow with hope? Yes but it’s supernatural, it’s God’s part, He does it when we do our part.

And what is our part? It’s that little phrase sandwiched in – between the promise of being filled with joy and peace and the promise of overflowing with hope – our part is an individual thing – “as you trust in Him”.

But how? How does one trust? In the storms of life I find people desperately wanting to trust this God that offers hope, but simply not knowing how to when the waves are coming fast and threatening to pull them under.

God even gives us the formula in His Word. Listen to it – it comes from the book in the Bible named “Lamentations”:

“Because of the Lord’s great love
we are not consumed,
for His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
Great is His faithfulness.”
Lamentations 3: 22 & 23

When trouble strikes and our hearts grow faint we so often forget the great love our Father in Heaven has for us and we begin to doubt the goodness of God toward us. When that happens we begin to be consumed by our stress and our fears and begin to blame God. When we follow God’s formula and recall His great love for us, reminding ourselves daily of His compassion toward us, our hearts gain strength.

God knows the daily need we have to remember His kindness toward us in the middle of our unkind circumstances, so He calls us to focus on it every morning. His compassions that never fail us are His resources to carry us through our day and all the hard points in our present storm. Has hope, peace and strength vanished in the wind of your storm? His peace, His strength, His wisdom, His understanding, His hope will become yours as you ask Him for it – supernaturally His source of whatever you need today will become yours.

As you lean into His great love for you today, and lean on His resources you will not be consumed, you will not be crushed like the hollow eggshell. You will find Him faithful step by step by step – that’s trusting.

Never doubt the love and the goodness of God to you. He doesn’t promise a storm free life but He does promise to be the anchor in the storm so that you will not be overcome!

Trust Him daily. Trust Him hourly and learn to trust Him moment by moment. His resources will not only get you through but you will truly grow to experience Him as the source of hope overflowing “by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Try Him. Trust Him. He is our faithful God!