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
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