by Kirubeal Bekele
The tell-it-like-it-is man, Ato Dagnachew Teshome, has given a profound and insightful interview on ESAT. This straight shooter has brilliantly described the struggle for freedom and democracy in general and the BEKA movement in particular. This is a must-listen interview that every Ethiopian needs to watch and hear. His passion for justice and fairness is contagious. More ever, his easy explanation of what politics means is simply outstanding. This is a very important teaching moment for the majority of our people who are confused about politics and politicians.
Ato Dagnachew stressed that the issue of fighting for freedom and justice in Ethiopia should not only be the duty of patriotic Ethiopians. According to Ato Dagnachew, it should primarily be our divine obligation. Our God is a God of justice. And it is His nature to see justice in our lives on earth. God has ordered us to defend the weak and the oppressed. The almighty wants us to be a voice to the voiceless. Our Lord has commanded us to stand on the side of the poor. To look the other way and ignore the poor and the oppressed is an unforgivable sin.
Ato Dagnachew quoted very important verses from the bible to show us clearly what the word of God says about defending the oppressed and standing for justice.
Open your mouth for the speechless, In the cause of all who are appointed to die. Open your mouth, judge right, And plead the cause of the poor and needy. Proverbs 31:8-9
“ስለራሳቸው መናገር ለማይችሉት፣ ለችግረኞችም ሁሉ መብት ተሟገት::ተናገር፤ በቅንነትም ፍረድ፤ የምስኪኖችንና የድሆችንም መብት አስከብር::” መጽሐፈ ምሳሌ 31:8-9.
Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean;Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil. 17 Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow. Isaiah 1:16-17
ታጠቡ፤ ራሳችሁንም አንጹ፤ ክፉ ስራችሁን ከፊቴ አርቁ፤ ክፉ ማድረጋችሁን ተዉ፤ መልካም ማድረግን ተማሩ፤ ፍትህን እሹ፤ የተገፉትን አጽናኑ፤ አባት ለሌላቸው ቁምላቸው፤ ለመበለቶችም ተሟገቱ:: ኢሳይያስ 1:16-17
If a person sins in hearing the utterance of an oath, and is a witness, whether he has seen or known of the matter—if he does not tell it, he bears guilt. Leviticus 5:1
አንድ ሰው ስላየውና ስለሚያውቀው ነገር ሕጋዊ ምስክርነቱን ተጠይቆ ቃሉን ለመስጠት ፈቃደኛ ባይሆን፣ ይህ ሰው ሃጢያት ሰርቶአልና ይጠየቅበታል:: ዘሌዋውያን 5:1
This is what God says to us. We may refuse to listen to other people when we are asked to defend Ethiopia. But we can’t say no to God when he tells us to stand for the oppressed in Ethiopia. Fighting evil that is on the throne in Ethiopia today is not a choice. It is an obligation we have to obey. God will judge us on earth as well as in eternity. This is the message Ato Dagnachew is trying to put across. I hope it won’t fall on deaf and damn ears.
Defend the oppressed in Ethiopia or else we and our children will live a cursed and miserable life on earth. And then be judged forever when we step into eternity (die) soon or later.