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Message for Christians and their leaders: Lets break the silence!

January 7, 2014

Shouldn’t we allow theology to inspire,enlighten and guide us to know and demand our God given rights?

by Yonas Fikremariam

Yes.we should and we can…

Liberation theology is defined as a political movement which contends and interprets that the teaching of Jesus Christ in the bible has a liberation option from unjust economic, political and social conditions. This ideology contends that the struggle, suffering, oppression and exploitation of the poor by dictatorial regimes as in Ethiopia or as that during the time of king Herods is vehemently defended by Jesus himself.The word of God has unequivocal message against exploitation,repression and unjust political situation.

If you are a christian from any denomination and have read the gospel or the bible at least once, you will frequently encounter Jesus speaking against oppressive authorities of his time. Jesus suffered like ordinary citizens until the high chief , scribes , priests and the kings of his time executed him on the cross just because they found him to be a threat to power. Today, Jesus has not only inspired 12 disciples but millions who follow him. Are there real followers of Jesus in Ethiopia? Have we really got what Christianity is all about? Have we learned the smallest of lessons that we can get from our religion. What should be the role of the church in Ethiopia? I leave the answer to your honest judgment.

In Ethiopia, there are many who have been persecuted as a result of their decision to side with Jesus and speak for millions of voiceless Ethiopians. Bekele Gerba, Eskender Nega, Anduwalem Arage and many other on the forefront and backfront are people to mention but a few. Dr. Birhanu Nega and all the others who lost everything they have just because they spoke for the poor are also examples of practical followers of Christianity.

Ethiopia’s iconic pop star, Teddy Afro has been persecuted,mocked and sanctioned for he unceasingly spoke about the poor and ever deteriorating dynamics of the social justice. All this and other great leaders who can’t be written here and active in the social justice arena have well integrated the theology with their daily live.

Are we quite about social justice?

Are we? Are we speaking up as preachers or are silent and blind to the need of our people? Are we speaking the truth as pastor or deacon or are silent and blind to the need of our people? Are we speaking up as a christian family or are silent and blind to the need of our people?

Are we using religion to divide us or to unite and speak with our people.

Are we a source of love,unity and faith or hate,division and disharmony.

Are we the power,innovation and fabrication house of repression,deception and suffering of Ethiopians or the opposite.

Are we speaking against the exploitation of our people or the denial of the freedom of expression or the right to elect our own leaders? Are we practicing our professionalism?

Liberation theology, christians up to liberate themselves, proposes to a holistic approach to fight against poverty by addressing its supposed source.The source of poverty in Ethiopia is a result of four decades of oppressive dictatorial regimes. Unjust political system .The root cause of poverty in Ethiopia is nothing but gangs of very organized mafias exploiting and oppressing over 90 million people under the guise of perfect federal democracy .This dictators find pleasure in sin. They excite themselves in the suffering of millions of poor.The cry of the poor quench their thirst.The blood of the poor console their flesh. The devil works right there on,with and by this gangs.

Consequently, there is a devil working in the current Ethiopian government system.The army and the security;the judiciary and all those government sub systems are playing an indispensable role for the devil.

The Ethiopian Orthodox and Protestant Church should rethink its preachings strategy of its theology. referring as it is written in the bible,they should preach against social injustice.

we all have freely chosen to be a Christians,still the choice is ours to understand it’s deep meaning and live it fully as a person,family,organization,community,government and church.

On this Christmas season,I wish that all of us remember and receive the gift of inspiration,enlightenment and the liberation option that Christianity holds for us.

May God Bless Ethiopia and enlighten Church leaders and Christians to understand the meaning of the holy cross and inspire them to liberate themselves from the slavery oppression by the apartheid regime in Ethiopia!

By Yonas Fikremariam
Ye cherkos lege
Melakm gena

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12 Responses to Message for Christians and their leaders: Lets break the silence!

  1. Justice

    January 10, 2014 at 8:04 am

    I believe, the highest majority of those that have been massacred and the 75 to 100 thousands Ethiopians that are incarcerated in Woyane-rat-infested prisons are Ethiopian Orthodox Church members. Our focus should always be on TPLF regime that are armed to their teeth and the few religious extremists like this hatemonger woyane that is trying to cause more division and start jehad on poor Ethiopians in Amhara regions:

    http://www.ethiograph.com/video/watch.php?vid=b40693168

  2. Samuel

    January 9, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” ― Voltaire.
    Christ teaches: “But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.” A Christian should be humble and endurant. Humbly endure all over the curse on himself. At it scoff as want, and it instead of rising and overthrowing the mean power and to achieve worthy life, everything suffers. A Christian priests echoed that, “all authority from God” (this is the power of Weyane, the Derg, Hitler, Stalin had from God?). The pitiful state of our Ethiopian people are all fruits of Christian education.The Bible is a complete book and it sets one central system.
    Judaism (this Old Testament) and Christianity (New Testament)
    What they basically differ from each other?
    – Judaism forms a slaveholder
    Christianity forms a slave.
    That is why all Christian countries ruled by Jews.
    እየሱስ በማቲዎስ 5:38-40 የተናገረውን በተለያየ መልኩ መተርጎም ይቻላል። ዋናው ቁም ነገሩ የትኛው ትርጉም ትክክል ነው እሚለው ላይ ነው ጥያቄው፦ እኔ እንደሚመስለኝ እየሱስ ይሄንን ቃላት የተናገረው በቦምብ እንደ ዝናብ ለሚያወርድብህና በመድፍና በታንክ ቤተሰብህንና የሃገርህን ህዝብ ለሚጨፈጭፈው ሰው ለበስ ሰይጣናዊ ፍጡር አይደለም።
    ብልይ ኪዳን አርበኝነትን ሲያስተምር ሃዲስ ኪዳን ግን ፍራቻን ፍቅርን ያስተምራል። ፍቅር ግን አውሬን ከተላበሰ ሰይጣናዊ ፍጡር ጋር አይቻልም። ለዚህም ነው የቀድሞው የኬንያው ፕሬዚደንት ጆሞ ኬንያታ ነጮች ሃይማኖት ወደ ሃገራችን አመጡልን ባልከፋ ነበር ነገ ግን እኛ ሃሌ ሉያ ስንል እነሱ አሜን! እያሉ ከምድራችን ላይ ሃብታቸውን ያጋብሳሉ። ስለዚህ በቴዎድሮስ ጊዜና በሚኒሊክ ጊዜ ጠላትን ድል ያደረግንው ቀኝህን ሲመታህ ግራህን ስጠው በሚለው ሳይሆን የመጣብህን ጠላት እንደ አመጣጡ በመመከት ነው ። እስኪ አይሁዳዊያን የሚመሩበትና የሚያምኑበት አንድ 3ቱን እንመልከት፦ Sanhedrin 59a, Aboda Zara 26b, Sanhedrin 59a,Libbre David 37, Hikkoth Akum X1, Choschen Hamm 388,15, Baba Necia 114,6, Nidrasch Talpioth, стр. 225 ብዙ መሄድ አልፈልግም ጎግል ላይ ካላገኞችሁት DuckDuckGo ላይ ታገኙታላችሁ። በተላይ ቈሶቻችን ብታነቡት ጥሩ ነው። ይሄን ለማለት የፈለኩት እኛ በኦርቶዶክስ ሃይማኖት ስንማር positive ማለት ቀና ነገር ብቻ ነበር ያስተማሩን ምክንያቱም የኞን የዋህነትና ደግነት ሌሎቹ እምነት የሌላቸውና እንዲሁም በሌላ እምነት ምን እንደተማሩ ሳናውቅ ለባርነትና ለችግር አጋልጦናል። ስለዚህ የኦርቶዶክስ ቈሶች የሌሎችም ሃይማኖቶች ምን እንደሚያስተምሩ ለተከታዮቻቸው ማሳወቅ አለባቸው።
    we can’t be a servant, a servant, a slave.
    we’re born in Ethiopia, this is our matrix, our flesh, our spirit, our network. Whoever you are and wherever you are, you have one Motherland Ethiopia.

  3. Ethiopie

    January 9, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Thank you Yonas and the rest of commentators. Now we are talking. Before I say what I want to say, let me predict for you; the next revolution in Ethiopia would have its root in the orthodox church. Mark my word!!!!!

    So far, the biggest problem has been the beleivers themselves because for what ever reason refuse to confront the church and was passive for the large part but no more. They all like peace here who have a funny explanation that politics and religion do not mix! I don’t know what more they want to see more of a mix up than religion and politics in Ethiopia.

    Even the much criticised catholic church (vatican) when it comes to social services and social justice, no one can match it. Ethiopian orthodox know only one thing. sucking as much as it could from the memen,nothing back to the community. I mean for example,where is all that money in Kulubi Gebriel big hole go to?

    As someone above stated the ETOC is hiding its neck deep in the whole and back side stuck out to the world to see and it is not a nice sight. Anyone who points out its failures is called Tehadiso which is really a pente version. Well, many of us are not Tehadiso but we are not die hard fun of ETOC either. Unless the church checkout itself in a serious manner and improve itself,it is going to disapear to oblivion.

    Part of the problem is the church’s enablity to free itself from govenment interference. So the power struggle b/n a government who wants to control the chruch and the bishops who have been acquiring a lot taste for worldly things in the last 20 odd years.Result? chaos, corruption and mismanagement.

  4. abebech

    January 8, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    I am not supporter of EPrDF or Woyane. I am not a religious person.
    Every time I read someone’s opinion about his/hers religion I get offended and quit reading. I do not want to be preached about religion be it Christian or Islam. Please keep your religion to your self. Religion is not chic anymore. Religion is not science, and therefore it only shows the writers regression.

  5. Goytom

    January 8, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    My brother Yonas, God bless you for speaking what has been inside in me. Yes we have to fight oppression as Our Lord gave us full freedom to live on earth. Unfortunately,many Christians do not know their rights and kept silent. You described it very clearly.

  6. peace

    January 8, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Birtucan,

    It is right and wrong to criticize the ORthodox christian but which one are you talking about? If you means the church in Ethiopia, it is completely controlled and harassed by Tplf regime bent on destroying it. So to ask help from the Ethiopia based Orthdox is far fetched and even it has gone through tough times under Tplf past 20 years, how do you expect them to participte?

    Again in Diaspora, the Orthdox without politicizing that could hurt those Ethiopians living in Arab countries, they could help fund raise or come up some kind of solutions. But then using Orthdox wll create more debacle for those in Saudi.

  7. Justice

    January 8, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Birtu/can,
    Come on! Instead of pointing your finger and belittling Ethiopian Orthodox Church, what have you and the likes of you that consider yourselves as true and better Christians than Orthodox done for the Saudi victims? Only the heavenly father know what is in our hearts and minds can identify the true Christians. Jumping up and down like headless chicken inside churches or worshiping in a different day, doesn’t make people better Christians than the next guy. Action speaks louder than words. I have been living and working with different Evangelical Christians, attended different church services, once you know them well, people are the same everywhere… jealousy, gossip, adultery, cheating, racism, hate, selfishness, intolerance are everywhere, no matter what church people belong to. Some of the Evangelical Christians do everything to convert Africans to their religions, but God forbid if a colored person try to buy a house next door to them. Look how they are treating President Obama. Most of the Tea-Party members are Evangelical Christians.

  8. Sleshi beyan

    January 8, 2014 at 6:40 am

    Yonas, it is commendable that you conscentiously brought to the attention of Christians that Iyesus Kristos himself was forefront in condemning any injustice when he encountered one.
    I am no reader of the scripture but I thank you for dwelling on such an important issue for the Ethiopian Orthodox Church has always been a bastion of our freedom. Abune Petros and the tens of thousands of of clergymen massacred during the Italian invasion speaks volume for the role this great Church played in the struggle for our freedom throughout the country’s long history.

    There is no question about the complicity of the present Ethiopian Tewahdo leaders, themselves Tigreans appointed by Woyane’s fascist high command to destroy this particular church. Woyane is repeating exactly repeating what Facist Italy did half a century earlier.

    It is surprising that someone calling himself PEACE takes an offence when Yonas speaks to his constituency. How can quoting the bible offend others?

    Ignorant souls like Mr/Mrs Peace should take some thoughs before they dare unleash such a stupid and mindless allegation.

  9. Birtu/can

    January 8, 2014 at 4:06 am

    The Ethiopian Orthodox Church reminds me of the bird that buries its head in the sand to avoid danger or an enemy. Its a futile attempt that will get them nowhere. The way things are going the Ethiopian church will become extinct like the dinosaurs sooner than later. The fate of Iraqi,Syrian, Egyptian…etc. Orthodox churches will be repeated in Ethiopia unless the church improves its lazy ways of conducting business. If there is one institution that failed Ethiopia big time in the last twenty three years , it is the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and its fake christian followers. They are sitting by the side while Ethiopia is decimated as if they are watching a spectator sport. They couldn’t even raise a helping hand to Saudi Arabia repatriates. Can you imagine how much money they could have raised by setting aside one Sunday ” MUDAYE BEREKET” from each church all over the world. Correct me if i am wrong, but i haven’t heard of a single church raising or donating a dime for the Saudi cause. The fake Christians always have politics as an excuse to run away from responsibility. What is their excuse now? Where is the sympathy? No wonder people are running away to other denominations to seek the true sense of religion or belief. Jesus Christ would have been ashamed of of today’s so-called Christians who look after their best interest but neglecting the plight of their fellow Ethiopians. Wadeba Gedam is no more–churches are turning into shopping centers in Ethiopia–churches are breaking up into factions all over the world–valuable church artifacts are disappearing every day…etc. All this travesty is like an evening news to these fake Christians who forget about it the next day. The church needs a major reform where they will have to look deep in their souls. The status quo is unacceptable. Fighting for justice may be called politics. So what? Jesus fought for justice. Unless you are a fake Christian, you should too!Otherwise he might kick you out of his house as he did thousands of years ago!

    LONG LIVE ETHIOPIA!!!
    FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS IN ETHIOPIA!!!!

  10. peace

    January 8, 2014 at 4:02 am

    Please, as soon as you bring relgion issue it becomes divisive itself. It is much better focusing on both of our faith Christians and Muslims trying to unite and let them speak injustice. don’t exclude people.

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