Now That President Moi Is Not Vegetarian
Salim Amin a journalist of international repute together with NTV a Kenyan Media outlet decided to do a November 2018 documentary on the former presidents of Kenya. The four part series intended to reveal a lot of behind the scenes stories that are unknown to the public. One of the findings published in local daily newspapers is that President Moi who was born September 02, 1924 and who is still alive up to this day, is not a vegetarian as has been believed for many years. He has been seen to remain healthy in spite of advancing age. The theories behind his healthy life are many and one of them is that he was and is vegetarian.
According to this article, the former President of Kenya His Excellency (HE) Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi has never been and is not a vegetarian.
Many preachers of health messages and healthful living have publicly declared that HE Daniel Moi has lived long and strong because he is vegetarian. That he wakes up early and like them (the preachers and other vegetarians) he eats Ugali (an East African staple porridge like food made of maize or millet flour) and vegetables.
The preachers whom I have also listened to personally, are so confident that you would believe that they are privy to the life of the president. The intentions are good. The intention is to convince and lure as many people as possible to vegetarianism as a proven and only way to good life and graceful ageing. That illustration worked for many years and was effective, considering that President Moi was a regular news item and a lot of details of his life remained secret.
Now all that illustration has been exposed as a big fat lie. The healthy long living and gracefully ageing man is not vegeterian after all. He is in fact referred to as the Canivore of Kabarak. Kabarak is his home. Salim is kin to note in his report that many people have spread the word around that President Moi is vegetarian. He dismisses all that vegetarian talk as a lie so far from the truth.
Rules in preaching include the fact that you don’t build a point on an illustration. You also don’t use an unverified illustration as if you are sure it is true. You also ensure that your illustration doesn’t overshadow the sermon content. Therefore President Moi should not have been used as an illustration to what vegetarianism does. No one verified until Salim did recently, yet most people including myself, who i am a vegetarian, believed that President Moi was and is vegetarian.
People’s acceptance of the message preached should be based on conviction from scripture and not illustration. Illustration should not convince but make things clear.
Adventist Health messages should not be based on longevity studies done by National Geographic. It should not be based on testimonies of some cured people. Longevity and cure from disease are not the ultimate aim of Adventist Health message. The longevity we look forward to as Adventists is eternal life. Cure that we so desperately seek is cure from the sickness of sin. Failure to live long or recover from sickness does not mean God has rejected you and you are hell bound. It is possible to be fully faithful to all the teachings of the church and uphold the Adventist Health message and die young or even fail to recover from sickness. You may actually die of the very diseases which the healthful living were to prevent. When that occurs, the Adventist Health message hasn’t failed at all.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter.
If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king.
But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”
Faithfulness to God by the three Hebrew men did not depend on whether God saved them from the fiery furnace or not. They were faithful to God because He said don’t worship idols. Whether God saved them from the fire or not, they would still be faithful to Him. Our faithfulness to the health message given by God should be because God said so and not because of desire to live long or avoid diseases. With or without health benefits from the health message, we should uphold it as God given.
The Adventist Health Message is not necessarily based on the Old Testament regulations. It is based on the following text, that shifts attention of healthful living to God.
1 Corinthians 10:31
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
Adventist Health messages should be based and accepted on the basis that God demands so, for God’s glory. The rest are details and illustrations. We should strive to live a healthful life for God’s sake, not for longevity and cure. God can be glorified in a long or short life. God can be glorified in recovery or death. We should be healthy for God’s sake. If we are healthy for God’s sake, it wouldn’t matter who is or who is not a vegetarian. It wouldn’t be big news if President Moi is vegetarian or not. The focus shifts to God and God alone. It wouldn’t matter if Adventists around Loma Linda are living long or not. Let us uphold the Adventist Health message for God’s sake only!
The danger of building a message and conviction around illustrations, is that illustrations fail. When your illustration fails, you are deemed too to have failed and lied. Now that HE Daniel Moi has lived long and strong and he is not vegetarian as we preached… look at us now!
Same applies to guessing next geo-political events and trying to March them with prophetic messages. Trying to predict who the next US president is or who the Pope will be, is wrong. It has failed before and will fail again. Setting probable dates of Christ’s return is wrong and unbiblical. We should Base our prophetic convictions on being ready for the sudden cataclysmic end of the world. The end of the world can happen to an individual when the Holy Spirit deserts their life. When people die, that is the end of the world for them. We shouldn’t just focus on end of the physical, social, religious, political and economic order of the world, yet the world is ending daily for many unprepared individuals around us. Jesus emphasis in Matthew 24 is not the signs but the need to be ready. Geo-political activities should not be used to cause repentance and preparation for end time activities. Repentance should come from the Holy Spirit convicting us about sin, and not fear of hell.
Proper use of illustrations is important in preaching, It can make or break the public confidence in us who preach. These are rules of preaching and it helps avoid apparent embarrassments.
Another problem is when we keep insisting and priding ourselves in the fact that this leader or the other influential guy is an Adventist. Hoping that it would bolster our message. Those individuals may turn out not to be Adventists. Those individuals may be Adventist but turn out to betray their convictions in a manner that will leave all of us with an egg on the face, so to speak. While we should celebrate Adventists who rise up to be affluent and influential, it should be with moderation, lest their fate be tied with that of the church in the public eye. We shouldn’t seem so desperate for approval to the extent that we make affluent and influential Adventists the subject of our message to the public. Christ and all that He taught must remain the message we give out.
The church must remain Christ focused without behaving as if it is beholden to power and wealth. How we treat the wealthy and powerful can betray materialism on our side as church people. While we need to show respect, we must be careful that we don’t show a covetous spirit that worships material things. We should strive as much as possible to treat all worshippers as equal as God perceives them.
The credibility of the message the church preaches should not be based on which influential and affluent person accepts or rejects it, but on the simple but solid fact that God said so.
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