When President Joseph Magufuli of the United Republic of Tanzania says by prayer the nation has been healed of COVID-19 or the Coronavirus. We can be especially concerned not only by the share rate of Tanzanian truck-drivers testing positive at the border-points to Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. However, with the share lack of data, proof and evidence of a setback of cases within the Republic as whole.
The President is living on a prayer and that’s dangerous. Even from a Christian perspective. It’s like he take the biblical principals halfway. Sort of the way he now also takes scientifically proven evidence too. That’s why he tests goats and other things.
In this manner, I will quote a passage from Letter of James Chapter 2: 14-19:
“What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder” (New International Version).
This is the sort of scripture I think the President of Tanzania needs, as he acts of faith and trust in the greater God, but doesn’t act. He speaks of trust in God, the whole father of all creation, but doesn’t use his mind or his office to help the ones in need. Instead of using all means, everything he access and wealth of his office. His instead barricading and praying like a fool.
I pity the Tanzanian people, the citizens of Tanzania. That they have to trust in a Head of State. Whose busying praying and mysteriously hope a pandemic virus disappears. While his not using methods of testing, routing the groups of cases nor narrowing the spread by any means. He does have the power to do so. Yes, the numbers would spike first with mass testing. However, if they know the sources and can trace, than they can scientifically stop it. Unless, there is imported new cases and get a second wave.
Therefore, the President can claim faith, but he doesn’t have the deeds. His speaking of peace, keeping warm and being fed. However, he doesn’t ensure shelter, medicine nor treatment. His just hoping things vanish in thin-air. Hoping his faith is enough, which is half-baked approach at best.
Yes. Praying and sending good energy is a good thing. To have faith and believe is God. There is nothing wrong in that, but you should also act as a Christian. As a man of faith and serve the community your apart of and especially if your signalling yourself as a Christian leader. Than, you should act like one and not just talk, but actually do as well. That means not only praying, but behaving within your means.
When your a Head of State, you should use your means and actually serve the whole Republic. The President should do his deeds. Not only live on the prayer. That’s not cutting it, even the scripture disapproves. Peace.