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Honoring God’s free will in the time of elections

My brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, I feel delighted issuing to you my first prophetic letter in this fruitful year of 2014. I thank God for the privilege I have to reach you in Good health. A lot has happened and it’s simply by grace that I am sharing this peace with you and may the same peace be upon you.

I do not need to bring to your attention the season we are in as Malawians, campaign season, with just few days to go to elections. This is so important in the eyes of God because it’s the time that he completely puts to test the free will he gave to mankind to make decisions that matter most to their lives.

The word in Romans 13:1 says “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” Whether we like it or not, a Christian or not, let’s be reminded that political leadership plays a great role in our lives and comes from God, hence the need for reflection before making any major political decision. This is the time that God wants you and me to be very prayerful and meditate continuously for whatever choice we will make on May 20th will determine the fate of our country.

I wish to encourage you all to open up your spiritual eyes and see beyond the light at the end of the tunnel. This is a time that calls you to give equal chance to all contesting leaders to talk to you what they intend to do for you. As responsible citizens and Christians, you are mandated to choose leaders based on their policies and not personalities. Above all, pray for those in power because God mandates us to do so as explained in Timothy 2:1-15.

”First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,”

Let us all bear this workload to determine who has Malawi needs at heart. Be reminded that even the devil may come as a Good Samaritan just to gain your trust but in the end, we are reminded that he comes only to destroy, steal and to kill. Do not choose leaders who will destroy our great nation, steal the very little she has and kill innocent citizens all in the name of accumulating wealth.

The bible tells us in Samuel**** when the Israelites cried to God through Samuel for a king to lead them through their battle with the Philistines. This should remind you that a leader is very important and when we need that leader, let’s cry to God to give us one because He knows the needs of his people.

That being said, we may be tempted as to whom should we ask God for. In my understanding as a prophet, I believe a good leader should have a number of qualities which include, but not limited to the ones stipulated in the bible verses below.

The chief biblical texts that develop the requirements of leaders are: 1 Timothy 3:1-13, 2 Timothy 2:1-13,Titus 1:5-9, Acts 6:1-6, and Exodus 18:21-22. The qualifications spelled out in these passages can be summarized in four words: commitment, conviction, competency, and character.

Commitment. Are the would-be leaders clearly committed to serving you? Is there a passion to know your needs to their fullness? While different personalities express passion differently, there must be evidence of a fire inside to know and listen to opposite views.

Conviction. Do the would-be leaders have historical informed convictions-about Malawi, its people, the meaning of history, the nature of the country, and especially the meaning of serving people? Do they know every dimension of their lives-money, time, sex, family, recreation? For this reason, Paul warns against being too quick to call recent converts to leadership; commitment and conviction take time to deepen.

Competency. Do the would-be leaders know how to make their way through good decisions? Have the would-be leaders been entrusted with appropriate gifts of the Holy Spirit (. 4:11-12, 1 Cor. 12:12-31, Rom. 12:3-8)? Do they have a working understanding of the gifts, and can they help others discern and deploy those entrusted to them? Do they have the necessary relational skills for this position? Do their relationships manifest the integrity and love of Jesus, especially in their marriage and with their children (2 Tim. 3:5)

Character. Are the would-be leaders taking on the character of Jesus? Someone has astutely observed, “It is not a matter of perfection, but direction.” Are the potential leaders moving toward greater and greater Christ-likeness? The lists of leadership requirements are finally about character. Do they exhibit self-control, hospitality, gentleness (control of anger), a quest for holiness, temperance? Is there evidence of dying to the love of money, to manipulation, to always having it one’s own way? Are they faithful to their spouse (“husband of one wife”)?

It appears political violence has become part of the strategies political parties in the country employ during election campaigns.

What is worrying is that the escalating levels of political violence has resulted in the loss of lives of politicians themselves as well as innocent people while instigators have on many occasions if not all gone scot free.

It is a serious negation of democratic tenets which the multiparty system champions that political parties and their members, should believe in the use of coercion, desist in force or instilling terror as a way of gaining political advantage during political campaigns and indeed elections.

Now I speak to you leaders. Is this the kind of Malawi you wish to lead? It is your responsibility to explore who a good leader is and through history, there is no greater model for leadership than our Lord Jesus Christ. He acknowledged, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” (John 10:11). It is within this verse that we see the perfect depiction of a leader. He is one who acts as a shepherd to those “sheep” in his care.

Leaders need to have a servant’s heart. In 1 Peter 4:10 the Bible says that “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms”. At the heart of this verse is being called to serve and we are to use what God has given us for the benefit of others. 

In Matthew chapter 20 we see the disciples having a discussion on who was the greatest amongst them. Jesus enters the conversation in verses 26 and 27 and says, “…Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave”. In this short statement Jesus responded to their views of leadership and greatness.

As you campaign to be voted into power, know that you are campaigning to be servants of the people. Your number one responsibility is to serve people of Malawi above your personal gains because the moment you forget this important element, it’s the moment you go against God and turn into dictators. Malawi is not waiting to choose a dictator, thief, murderer but a servant to serve their needs.

It is not just difficult, but impossible to be a good leader if you don’t learn from Christ’s meekness. This He stresses in Mathew 11:29. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

A leader also comforts the sheep, binding up their wounds and applying the balm of compassion and love. As the great Shepherd of Israel, the Lord Himself promised to “bind up the injured and strengthen the weak” (Ezekiel 34:16). As people of Malawi today, we suffer many injuries to our physical and spiritual being, and we need compassionate leaders who will bear our burdens with us, sympathize with our circumstances, exhibit patience toward us, encourage us in the fight on, and take our concerns seriously.

Leadership is a position of humble, loving service. Those whom God designates as leaders are called not to be governing monarchs, but humble slaves; not slick celebrities, but laboring servants. Those who would lead God’s people must above all exemplify sacrifice, devotion, submission, and lowliness. Jesus Himself gave us the pattern when He stooped to wash His disciples’ feet, a task that was customarily done by the lowest of slaves (John 13). If the Leader of the universe would do that, no country leader has a right to think of himself as a bigwig.”

In the end, be reminded that the first and most important thing leaders need to do is develop a strong and intimate relationship with God through daily prayer and reflective Bible study is vital if a leader is going to be all they can be in God.

Whatever tactics political you may use to win elections, violence and cheating is never and will never be a campaign method in any multiparty state and before God.

It should therefore be your priority to sensitize your members on the dangers of violence and cheating because, if not contained, it can create protracted conflict.

“Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.” says Isaac Asimov.

When God asked Samuel to ordain a leader, we read that was bound to ordaining David’s elder brothers but God had other plans. Samuel had physical eyes on the possible candidate when God looked beyond that.

This is why I now speak to my fellow prophets and seers. Sometimes God may indeed reveal to us a possible image of the one He wants to lead but because of our human eyes, we may end choosing the wrong one.

It is in fact a good thing to prophesy but giving out prophecies that are half revealed can only mislead the people and, as I fear, that usually incite violence.

Let us be very prayerful and encourage our followers to do the same and let God be God. Where you strongly feel He has talked to you, impart the message but do that for the Kingdom’s gain and not otherwise.

I wish you all a glorious reflection of this prophetic letter. May God bless you abundantly in Jesus name.  

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