Jesus of Nazareth was so disgusted with the politicians of his time to the point where he insulted Herod Antipas, calling him a Fox. He meant that Herod was, conniving, lying, and a skimmer. The most memorable time was when Jesus got so mad at the Pharisees that he beat every body up. Many of those who saw him must have thought he was nuts! Imagine going to marigiti and turning the whole place upside down while screaming and shouting. It would not go well with the Kikuyu businessmen and women! Jesus Christ was a man of action!
The context was when Herod wanted to kill him. Christ knew talk was cheap and he had things to get done. Here is the narrative. “ . . . The same day there came certain of the Pharisees, saying unto him, Get thee out, and depart hence: for Herod will kill thee. And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected. Nevertheless I must walk to day, and tomorrow, and the day following: for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: ….” (Luke 13: 31ff) KJV
Christ had this quality that continues to vibrate through scripture. He was a man of few words and much action. Most of the time he wondered off into the lake alone. I bet the disciples would ask him, “so where were you?” and I am sure he would answer, “out there praying and thinking.” To which the disciples would ask, “should you not be evangelizing? Talking and talking and talking?” I would bet you he would say. “Talk is cheap my friends.” St. Paul was a boring talker. But he was vicious in action and the pen!
If Jesus of Nazareth was walking on the earth, he would encourage Uhuru Kenyatta, as the president to wake up at 5am, head to the office, have morning devotion, think about what he is called to do, think about what he is not doing right, pray for wisdom to do things right, and get it done. I believe he would tell him and Raila Ondinga to stop talking, stop dialogue, and start praying, thinking and acting. This is because no one is thinking in Kenya. Raila talks, therefore Uhuru responds through talking. Keter talks, therefore William Ruto responds through talking. We need a moratorium on talk.
My mother was more effective when she said nothing. It made my father nervous. In fact he would ask me, “What is wrong with your mother?” I would ask, “why?” He would say, “She is not talking.” He knew she was praying and thinking and that meant she needed something done that was not being done! That meant trouble for him.
Talk is cheap!
Teddy Njoroge Kamau (PhD) HTBLuff Associates. #HTBluff