Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Does The Society Know You Are Wearing A Veil?

           There is a common saying that everyone has a skeleton in their closet. Will that be you whom everyone respects behind those despicable emails in most forums or comments in websites? Are you the person your kids think you are? Are you the hospitable white person the black people see during the day, or are you the hateful Klan member who plots their death at night?  Is it you who employs illegal immigrants but votes against illegal immigration? Aren’t you the one who bashes gays on the pulpit but sleeps around with them? Aren’t you the kids’ lover everyone in the community knows who is molesting that little girl? Jesus told the scribes and Pharisees, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.” (Mat 23:25). If God and human beings were to take your picture, will they look like the same person? What veil are you wearing? Yes, what mask are you wearing?  



You know you have one. The Muslim women wear the burqa and believe it or not, they take pictures while in those veils. They know what they look like, but they leave it for the society to paint a caricature of the person behind the burqa.  It is very clear for some like the Muslim women who wear the burqa, but it is also perceptible with the politicians and other hypocrites. They all have two faces that they wear one in public and a different one in private. The majority wear a mask that no one sees.



Mr. Hooper in The Minister's Black Veil said "I, perhaps, like most other mortals, have sorrows dark enough to be typified by a black veil." Mr. Hooper is positing here that everyone has a secret sin that they hide from the society. It may not be too true, but it is not far from the truth, and it should not be like this. Why do people put on the mask? If a Christian still has secret sins that are hidden from others, then he/she has not come to full transformation.



Another story again from Hawthorne is Young Goodman Brown (YGB). When the book opens, Young Goodman Brown believes in who the people say they are until he makes the grim discovery in the Forest. He describes his wife Faith in these words “Well, she’s a blessed angel on earth; and after this one night, I’ll cling to her skirts and follow her to Heaven.” The way the wife was acting, he felt like if parousia came, he will hold her skirt, and she will drag him into heaven. Those whom he thought were the perfect Christians were really hypocrites who wined and dined with the devil in the dance of the forest. After he met her partaking in the evil forest, he cried “"My Faith is gone! There is no good on earth; and sin is but a name. Come, devil; for to thee is this world given."




This is what happens nowadays. Social media especially are places where people create their own avatars or even doppelganger according to the prescription of the society. That is why some of them take brushed up pictures to place on their profiles and praises start pouring in. “Oh, you look beautiful”. “Oh, you are great”! “Oh, a happy couple”!  “Oh, you are such a nice family”! They know that their family is falling apart. They know that they are not the skinny athletic girl they parade on their profile. They know that they are not the happy couple their picture shows. They know that they do not want people to see them in real life, yet for a moment, it makes them feel good and the hero or heroine of the society.  They are wearing a mask. Nevertheless, they know who they are behind that mask.  Yes, they know themselves!



The reason why Hawthorne became critical of the Christians was because his father was a preacher, and he had seen too much of their hypocrisy. Election Clearance Sale language and Pulpit Talk are now common amongst people. Gaddafi explained to us about Election Clearance Sale. He said that, “it is an election lie. A person lies and lies to people just so that they will vote him. Later on when they ask him you promised us this and that. He will say no, it was just election propaganda”. A preacher was grilled as an idle listener of his own sermons, and he said it was “mere pulpit talk”. On the pulpit he is very holy, but off the pulpit he is sinful.



Those who have read the book The Whiteman of God, will understand when Big Fadda unmasks the shigwala, and finds his leading convert behind the mask. This is the biggest problem today with not only Christianity but also humanity where people are not what you think they are.



I remember I was friends on Facebook with a lady who wrote that she wanted us to use a second name because her real name did not permit her to make personal comments as a public officer. I told her that every politician wears a mask. Which name does she want to use to deceive us with? She got angry and unfriended me. She knew that what she meant was I want a name that I can deceive you all and will not matter anyway.



Does the church and society know you as a devoted husband, but you are fathering out of wedlock, or are you the devoted mother with a sancho? Are you the person people know you to be, or you bear two names? They know you as a great guy, but you are a murderer; a serial killer. Man may not know who you really are, but God knows each and everyone of us and will bring us to judgment.  It is not normal to have a skeleton in your closet, and it is hypocritical to wear a veil. It is two-faced to present a perfect picture to the world of what you are not. Therefore, I urge you today to be what people know of you so that the picture God has of you will be the same person the society knows. If you have been living a double life, it is time for you to confess and forsake the duplicity. Take off your mask now in Jesus name and confess your sins so that you will obtain mercy.  Yes, take off that veil now!



Until then, may you be true to yourself and others.



Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk.

“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk). Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk). Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Who Should Rule Cameroon?

I hear every where about future presidents having received awards and having a lot of connections. To receive awards does not mean that a politician is ready to rule or will make a great president. To be a good leader does not warrant you to own an enterprise because great leaders of the world who made economic miracles were neither CEOs nor economists. You do not even need to be too learned. You need to be a man of Character though that does not entail perfection. The new crop of politicians: Kah Walla and Ayah Paul in addition to these dotards of Paul Biya, Fru Ndi, Bello Bouba, Jean Jacques Ekindi, Adamou Ndam Njoya should be regarded as unworthy for the Cameroon presidency.

Franklin Roosevelt was a “C” student[1] who had a background in law rather than economics and management. Konrad Adenauer who was the architect of the German economic miracle from the doldrums of World War II was a trained lawyer and politician. He was never a CEO of any company nor has he ever been a manager of a any organization. General McArthur who did almost the same thing in Japan by overseeing economic, political and social changes was a trained military officer and not an economist or corporate officer. Unlike his successor-Quattara who is a professional economist and has started with international Loans, Laurent Gbagbo of Ivory Coast did not borrow money from anywhere to manage Ivory Coast for the ten years that he ruled that country despite being a history professor.  Come back to the US and you are no more any stranger to Bill Clinton. He was a trained lawyer and not an economist or CEO. Dr Ba U under whose stewardship Burma now called Myamar began her own currency was a trained lawyer and judge. The above examples dispel the fallacy that one needs to be a former CEO or manager to be an effective president or ruler. Nelson Mandela and Golda Meir are two other great leaders we cannot afford the luxury to sidestep, yet neither held a top managerial position before becoming president or premier respectfully. 

On the contrary, George Bush (43rd US President) was a Co-owner of Texas Rangers Baseball team, but I am sure that we all can humbly accept that he did not fare well economically.

Unemployment is 24% in Cameroon, so every politician must have a concise plan on how to reduce and wipe it out. Someone like Kah Wallah instead has been talking only about her having connections. In the world of today, no investor will invest without the purport of maximizing profits. Consequently, we see a new Cameroon going for sale to the highest bidder if Kah Walla becomes the president.

When Kah Walla declared her presidency, she did not have a party knowing fully well that one must belong to a party. Realizing she cannot run without having a political party, she joined one. She is a political hireling and an opportunist whose sole aim is to become president. For someone who cared for the people, she should have been somewhere or created her own party before declaring her candidacy. This shows that she is not a team player. Perhaps she will convince us better and later, but for now; she lacks that presidential acumen. Suffer it that we look at some qualities that African presidents need to turn around their economies and improve their countries.

Peaceful

There are qualities that one can glean in a good leader. In our present world, war and bombs are not signs of good leadership. Einstein once said about Gandhi in theses terms "Taken on the whole, I would believe that Gandhi's views were the most enlightened of all the political men of our time. We should strive to do things in his spirit: not to use violence for fighting for our cause, but by non-participation of anything you believe is evil." —Albert Einstein, 1950. Therefore, any African leader whose only way to power is war should not be supported by the people. Why are there no more Satyagrahas? Where have civil disobedience marches gone to? The most efficient weapon against oppression is to refuse to cooperate with the oppressor. Rather than buy salt from the British, Gandhi walked miles to the sea and collect his own salt.

Truthful and Honest
Great leaders should be able to tell their countries the truth when they need to hear the truth like Franklin Roosevelt did during his first inaugural address of March, 1933[2]. Great leaders are not ones who terrorize their people with fear so they would count on them as the Deuse-Ex Machina.

Team Player

In Mandela’s words:
A leader is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind."[3]Nelson Mandela.

 A leader or president is not an eternal king. Simply because you are the president or leader does not mean you are omniscient; it simply means that the people have selected you to guide and lead them because there can only be one captain in a ship. When a politician like Paul Ayah refuses to join other opposition leaders to make a peaceful protest on bases that time was not yet ripe yet he is campaigning to remove the current president, tells you that he is not a team player and; perhaps a premonition of autocracy and tyranny.  

Independent Minded

The leader that will take Cameroon and Africa from the current conundrum must be independent minded. “The best kind of leader: one who creates independence, not dependence." —Steinem (1992)[4]. All these Cameroonian and African leaders rushing to the West to solicit support should tell you they are ready to sell the country. You cannot harvest their support without promising to hand them part of the natural resources. Cameroon and Africa need an honest politician who is independently minded and not a poster child who brags about begging from the West. Any Cameroonian or African politician who gloats about bringing foreign aid rather than talking about developing the resources of Cameroon and Africa despite Cameroon being rich in natural resources should be ignored. Such politicians visit Europe and America more than they visit their own constituency in Cameroon. He or she must set blueprint on how to extirpate corruption, poor governance, the aloofness of the Cameroonian Diaspora and other vices bedeviling the country and continent.  We need presidents who will boost the private sector rather than destroy it like Biya has done for the past 29 years.

Effective Communication.

It is said of the former Israeli premier:

Mrs. Meir had a gift for making complex issues appear simple and expressing her views in plain but emotional terms: 'Our generation reclaimed the land, our children fought the war and our grandchildren should enjoy the peace.' Even when she spoke to an audience of thousands, it could sound as though she was speaking in her living room[5].

The majority of the most successful leaders had a common trait: their desire to see the betterment of mankind. The common good outweighed their private interests. In that case, no leader will desire ruling the same organization for more than 12 years. Therefore, the current crop of politicians in Cameroon: Biya, Fru Ndi, Paul Aya, Bello Bouba, Fomouyoh, Jean Jacque Ekindi, Adamu Ndam Njoya are from the word go unfit for the presidency and should be sidestepped for someone who truly cares for the country. Not only the fact that of them mentioned above are already too old, they are repleted with serious character issues. Gerontocracy was in mode perhaps because age meant wisdom, but nowadays with all the diseases, age is tied to dementia and alzheimer than with wisdom.  

Until then, the wrong president will take you back 50 more years.

Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk.

“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk). Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk). Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Lord Is MY Shepherd: What It truly Means.

Every Christian can tell you something about the verse the “Lord is my shepherd I shall not want”. My task today is to create a mental picture of this verse. I will start by defining two words: “shall” and “want” that will be capital in the development of our lesson. “Shall” in legal settings general denotes mandatory and imperative action. The word “want” as used in this passage means lack. It is synonymous to the word need and not want in economics. In other words; the verse should read and mean this “the Lord is my shepherd, and I will never lack the necessities”. This theory is sustained by Paul’s letter to the Philippians “But my God shall supply all your NEED according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). The psalmist goes further to sustain his declaration by saying “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread” (Psalm 37:25). However, there seems to be a conflict between prescription and description because we see fervent Christians lacking what we consider the basics amenities of life. If not does every Christian have everything they need? Why not?

If God was going to provide for everything we need then Jesus would not have said that “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God”(Mt 4:4). This is because Jesus came more for the spiritual man with whom he will build the spiritual kingdom. Even the most righteous person on this earth does not receive all their wishes or have everything they wish for. As a result, the Christian must know that their spirit will always be fed even if their body is hungry. Actually at times in fasting, the spirit is fortified ready for spiritual warfare than when the body is strong and well-fed. If God was to provide everything we need then he would not have asked us to pray for our daily bread.

Many Christians have taken this verse to mean that everything they want, they will receive and whatever they name and claim, they will receive. This has resulted in a lot of frustration from discouragement to total backsliding of the faithful. Walk with me gradually as I take the pain to start painting the image I promised you earlier.

When a shepherd has his sheep, he looks for green grass. In search of greener pastures many Christians moved to the US. Would anyone tell me if the most psiritual of them recieves everything they ask from God? He knows where the grass is green and knows where we can find food if there is nothing around us. Many do not count on God for their provisions. They believe in their strength though they are Christians. God has only good plans for us. The shepherd does not always provide his sheep with immediate food. At times they have to walk for long to find food. During this time that they are walking like that, they are feeling very sad and dejected. It is the same with humans.

As I was growing up, shepherds took their cattle and trekked from Kousseri to Mamfe (587 miles) to sell them. During their journey, the shepherd took their sheep where they could eat and drink water. At times they came to cities that did not have anything for the cattle to eat and drink. The sheep will be going through this period of trial and perseverance until they came to a place where they could find something to eat.

One thing we must note is that the Lord will always provide our basic needs. But if he does not do it, He will know how to make us navigate through the dearth or scarcity.   Always count on God for whatever you need. He knows best the things that are best for you. The Lord has lived your future, so he knows about it than you know anything about it. If you make him your shepherd, he will help you go through scarcity with joy. So let me ask you this: who is your shepherd? Are you counting on human beings? They will fail you.



Until then, make the Lord your shepherd and you shall not want.


Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk.

“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk). Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk). Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

Friday, May 13, 2011

Pointers To Remind You That You Are Acting Christian.

1.      When you do not sell your birthright for pottage

2.      When you “do not tempt the Lord thy God”.

3.      W you worship and serve only the Lord your God.

4.      When you repent of your sins.

5.      When you fish for lost souls.

6.      When you are meek.

7.      When you hunger and thirst after righteousness.

8.      When you are merciful.

9.      When you are the pure in heart.

10.  When you are persecuted for righteousness' sake.

11.  When persecute you for Christ’s sake.

12.  When you act like the salt of the earth and the light of the world.

13.  When you do not break nor teach others to break the commandments of God.

14.  When your righteousness exceeds that of the Pharisees.

15.  When you do not feel comfortable in sin.

16.  When you forgive those who offend you.

17.   When you love thy neighbor.

18.   When you love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you. 

19.   When you greet even people you do not know.  

20.  When your tithes and offerings are not to show off.

21.  When you when you have a personal time of prayer.

22.  When you fast.

23.  When you do not live for materials things.

24.  When rather WORRY for future, you trust God.

25.  When you do not judge with partiality.

26.  When you discern false prophets.

27.  When you do not teach things you do not do.

28.  When you do not flatter people. 

29.  When you do not always seek to rule others.

30.  When you fight for marginalized.

31.  When you do not only show your righteousness in public.

32.  When you do not only respect portions of the Bible that support your behavior.

33.  When you like to assemble with other Christians.

Until then, let the Christians act Christian and the world will be transformed.

Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk.

“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk). Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk). Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

Monday, May 2, 2011

Karma: Real or Fake?





I am sure you have heard of karma. Karma simply posits that everyone will be rewarded in this world or the world to come with the same actions-good or bad they gave others. There is a popular Latin expression “caveat emptor”-meaning “buyers beware”.  Most religions: Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism teach this theosophy. When you go to an auction, you will see cars with the sign “buy as is”. That is to make sure the buyer assumes the responsibility of what they are buying because the goods may be defective.  Yet, many people buy goods that come to hunt them later because they say in their hearts “aut viam inveniam aut faciam”, meaning; “I will either find a way or make one”. Indeed, many people engage in evil even though they know that the evil that human beings do will live with them and after them. I am going to cite you a few modern and recent examples so that as you engage in evil, you will know that evil is so faithful that it never sleeps outside. It will always come back home. Many people burst the dam to sweep the neighbor’s house, but they forget that theirs is on the path of the water.  If you read this story, " Mister Rufus," you will see Karma all over the place. 
Julia Aggippina killed Claudius to enthrone his adopted son. He too will later kill his mother for reminding him that without her, he would not have had the throne. 
When Ronald Regan was voted president, the new president immediately cut funding for the National Institute of Mental Health which was researching dementia later called Alzheimer. Although he will later restore the funding, he was killed by Alzheimer. Good and evil are like rain; they fall on everyone’s house who lives in that area.  
Oswald Harvey killed President Kennedy and while still in custody, he was shot himself by Jack Ruby. The latter was rushed to the same hospital that President Kennedy was rushed to, but 48 hours later, he died. [1]  If you seize someone’s husband, another lady will do same. If no one does it, nature has a way of retribution, at times with unhappiness the whole marriage long.
No one plants apples to reap mangoes, for you will only reap what you sowed. If I ended here without giving you three modern examples, then this article will be incomplete.
Ibrahim Coulibaly was the notorious Ivory Coast serial coup plotter who was the ex-bodyguard of Allassane Quattara. In 1999, he led a coup that reinstalled Robert Guei as president. In 2002, he led a failed coup against Laurent Gbagbo, and in 2004, he fled into exile. He resurfaced in 2011 and joined the Quattara rebels in collusion and connivance with the UNO and French forces to oust Laurent Gabgbo- the constitutionally elected president of Ivory Coast. In April 27,2011 after refusing to disarm to the Quattara rebels, he was gunned down by Guillaume Soro’s men to fulfill Jesus words “ for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword” (Mt 26:52).
Another person who seems to have the boomerang effect of evil is Blaise Compaore. As I write right now his country is being set ablaze. Because he is the western myrmidon and peon, the western media has refused to inform their people. Compaore came to power on October 15, 1987 after killing his best friend: Sankara, the then president. He will help to destabilize the entire region on the orders of his master, France. His footprints were on the Congo civil war, Rwandan genocide, Liberia and Sierra Leonean wars and now Ivory Coast. But since evil is faithful, the police and army are rioting now in his country and the populace is marching for him to go, and go he will! He is now living in exile. 
Another young monster has been Jonathan Badluck or Goodluck.  He helped to destabilize Ivory Cost and kidnapped a legitimate constitutionally elected president. Immediately after his election as the president of Nigeria, more than 1000 Nigerians were killed, and more than  65 churches were burnt. Until he left power, he was fighting Boko Haram. 
The Bible says “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets” (Mt 7:12). Whatever evil you are sowing in people’s lives, you will reap it too. If you swindle from someone, someone too will swindle from you or your family. Evil never leaves its source. If you cheat on God (premarital sex), no matter who you marry, the man will cheat on you too unless you repent of your sin. If you cheat someone, another person too will cheat you. Go ahead and keep up with your evil; it will soon catch up with you too. Therefore, if you do not want evil to visit you, do not do evil to anyone. Some people do evil like racism but because they are not caught, they think that they have gone free. Unfortunately, nature has visited them with some terrible sicknesses and calamities that they cannot understand why them.
Until then, Karma exists!


Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk.



















































































“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk). Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk). Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).










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