Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The EVIL In The Repeal OF Don’t Ask Don’t Tell To Cameroonians And Africans.

Obama signs DADT.

When I read two days ago that “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” (DADT) has been repealed, I quickly thought of Cameroon. America has been a beacon for anything for the world as young people the world over act as copycats of American godlessness, hedonism or morality. The question now is what happens to poor Cameroon and Africa though? Because of the iron fist the government has on homosexuality in Cameroon and other African countries, many of them are scared to come out in public. In addition, apart from the government, families and friends have not come to grips with the social sexual deviation. Although I may be wrong, but I believe homosexuality is the same like bestiality, swinging and other sexual aberration and so like with every other lifestyle, no one should be coerced or forced directly or indirectly by extortion. Most African countries especially Cameroon are already struggling with the permeation of homosexuality, and so DADT brings with it an added impetus.

The gays and lesbians in Cameroon have lived quietly and most are merely coming now out of the closet. The Europeans have spoiled most of our young boys with pedophilia as they went there purposely to have sex with underage boys. Sooner it became a cult in Cameroon where to be gay, the young boys have to belong to the gay clubs in mostly Yaoundé and Douala. They go to these secret places with potential employers or “big guns” as business tycoons, government officials, church ministers and others who are gay. 

 When those young boys go to those gay clubs, they expect to be protected by these Big Guy. Their job is just to enjoy as the rich foot the bills. Then later they carry them into their cars to have sex with them in hotels and their homes. Many young people have been spoiled that way because they are desperate for protection.

It will be surprising to know that being gay in Cameroon is not because you were born gay but because you are in a cult or you want money to help yourself and your family. Notwithstanding, there are some Cameroonians who argue they were born gay. So the gays in Cameroon and those in America may have different causes for their gayness. Those in America believe that they were born gay, but there is not a single gay in Cameroon that thinks he or she was born gay.
Surprisingly when they found out that a young man is practicing homosexuality, the government harassed them until they ran out of the country to save their lives while they do nothing to the tycoons, government officials, and church officer who are the catalyst of this deviation. At times, if a government official knew that a young man was going to leak out the secret, they menaced the poor boy until he ran out of the country, and if he does not run out of the country, they will imprison him. Some of them give them money to run away and never to return. If you hang around you might be digging your grave.  That is why most of them have only asylum as their best option to survive this Bigman Syndrome.  

I do not understand the hypocrisy with government officials hunting after gays, yet sleeping with young boys all over the place. My friend told me that it is now a mode, yet there is s strict rule of secrecy for fear of the rich losing their positions or the poor being harassed by the government and family.

If the government is to copy what is happening in America, they should do so, but they should watch and make sure that our young boys are not subjected to homosexuality simply because they want protection, jobs and a means to earn a living. Let people decide their sexual orientation by their own volition and then face the wrath of God later. After all, God does not issue out collective punishment for:

The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.” (Ezk 18:20).

Until then, beware what you copy!

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).

Is Pat Robertson Right That A Spouse With Alzheimer Should Be Divorced?

On Christianity Today on September 14, 2011, the honorable Pat Robertson said that

I hate Alzheimer's. It is one of the most awful things because here is a loved one—this is the woman or man that you have loved for 20, 30, 40 years. And suddenly that person is gone. They're gone. They are gone. So, what he says basically is correct. I know it sounds cruel, but if he's going to do something he should divorce her and start all over again. But to make sure she has custodial care and somebody looking after her.

 There has been an outcry for Pat Robertson to resign or tender an apology to his viewers. Americans should stop asking people to resign when they err in their opinions. Sometimes a bad opinion does not necessarily translate into a mea culpa. Pat Robertson’s statement is almost as if it is a paradox until one applies equity. The Bible gives two cases when divorce is permissible: infidelity (Mt 19:9) or desertion (I Cor 7:14-15). Here is why Pat Robertson could have been right, and why he is wrong.

Marriage has at least three purposes. Firstly, for a help meet or companion (Gen 2:20), secondly, it is a medium of fulfilling the sanction of multiplication (Gen 1:28), and lastly a means to avoid fornication (I Cor. 7:1-2).

If blood is the main requirement in a covenant, sex is the one in a marital relationship. That is the reason why abandonment is one of the reasons why a spouse is permitted to divorce (I Cor 7:14-15) because by abandoning your post, you break the bond that existed via sex. Thus, you are considered dead (Rom 7:1-3). Abandonment is tantamount to someone who is dead because except the spouse dies, digamy is sinful (Rom 7:1-3; I Cor 7:39). When a spouse abandons a covenant, they are considered dead, and the living partner is no more under the covenant because a covenant is only alive by two living parties coming together (Mt 22:32, I Cor 7:15). Since a covenant requires two living beings, the surviving spouse is permitted to look for another partner for a new covenant.

Perhaps we may sympathize with Pat Robertson if he ends here. It is true that the spouse with Alzheimer is unable to fulfill the most rudimentary marital duty of sex, so she could be considered AWOL or a deserter.  However, the Bible says if he or she runs away. That calls for the spirit of the law rather than the letter of the law. That means; they must show intent to vacate the marriage covenant physically or spiritually which to my opinion is not because the spouse with Alzheimer did not invite the disease.  

It is true that marriage is a covenant registered before God and must be upheld unfailingly, but it is that established bond that binds the two mates as soulmates despite their shortcomings. Therefore, marriage is a bond in blood sexually administered. In a covenant, both covenanters make vows. Most men use the more traditional marriage vows that we know as:

I take you -------to be my lawful wedded wife from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness or in health, to love and to cherish you till death do us part. Heretofore, I make you the promise!

With this vow which is part of the written covenant, a husband divorcing his wife because of Alzheimer or any other disease or mishap, has abandoned their marital vows thereby breaking the covenant to her as a covenantee. The social responsibilities of the covenant though not limited are summarized in Eph 5:25-29 as follows:

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church.

We should ask Pat Robertson a few questions. How are you ready to show that you love your wife and are ready to die for her if you cannot even care for her when she has Alzheimer? Would Jesus abandon a sick church that is willing to be healed since a man must love the wife and be ready to die for her as Christ loved the church and died for her? Would you like to be abandoned by your wife when you become sick and bedridden? If not why would you abandon your spouse because she is sick?

Therefore, while initially it seems Pat Robertson is right, he is wrong because the law that is applied by the letter kills while the one applied by the spirit brings life. There is no way one can profess love for s spouse and then abandon them when they have Alzheimer, Cancer, HIV or any other terminal situations. Isn’t it time for the Bible to be applied by the spirit and not the law? Aren’t spouses supposed to be friends in need?

Until then, you should be there more in times of need to your spouse.

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).

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Africans, Asians, Europeans and Latin Americans, Beware of the DV Visa Lottery Program!

I have seen how some of you are spending sleepless nights to win the DV. Some of you have auctioned all you had to win the lottery, and others have visited all types of witchdoctors to give them good luck charms even though they have never won even a fly. I remember this guy that the witchdoctor asked him to eat excreta every morning for seven days, and he will win. Whether he ate it or not; I do not know, but I know that he did not win. You smile; don’t you? I smile too!

For some of you the unenlightened ones; those ones we call in Pidgin mbutukus or the English language calls them simpletons. Those of you who just jump on everything with your feet; you will not only lose your toes (money), you will lose your head (life) one day.  Yes, I mean those who think with their anus.

Since many people do not like others to know that they are dingbats; they want everyone to know them as boulevardiers and connoisseurs, they will keep quiet even after having been conned. There are all sorts of emails to people that they are winning the Visa Lottery. While some are sleeping, others are up in the night plotting evil. When some of you are playing American Diversity Lottery to win a green card visa, flaneurs and crooks are not sleeping; they see your desperation and exploit it.  

Two days ago someone sent me an email that she has won the DV lottery. I did not respond to it immediately. When I read the mail afterwards, I realized that, it was a scam. I have read from both the USCIS and State Department that they will alert all winners via postal mails.  Note that the USCIS or State Department notifies you by writing via US postal service. The USCIS does not use any other email or web address that does not end with dot gov.

There are three things you must do when you receive a mail from anywhere purporting to be an announcement that you have won the DV. Look if they ask for payment. Once you see a request for money, know it is a scam.  Secondly, remember you always make the payments at the embassy. The USCIS does not ask you to pay them via Western Union. Thirdly, the USCIS does not tell you that you will take whoever you want to take with you in so far as you pay the fee. They are not so stupid to say that because they know that Africans, Latin Americans and Asians will carry their entire villages, and Europeans will carry their dogs. The USCIS fee is usually standard fee. If you receive a letter from the mail, you will only make payments at the embassy to the consular officer.  DV Visas are not processed solely in the United Kingdom.

If you want to play the correct DV, please go here.

Until then, stop giving money to thieves.

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, September 19, 2011

Hasn't God Forgotten You Peradventure?

As we look at the world and the happenings, we may think that God has gone on leave or vacation and has left human beings to struggle for themselves. The rich pilfer from the poor, and the oppressors think it is their God-given rights to oppress the weak.  Stronger nations like the US, Britain, and France are invading weaker nations like Ivory Coast and Libya to siphon their natural resources. Those that made money their almighty purveyor soon realize it can only provide quasi happiness as they become aware of many millionaires suffering from insomnia. Despite the lauds and vespers of many not to lose their houses, the bank still foreclosed on them. Some named and claimed a happy marriage, yet it fell apart like a sandcastle. Others have been unemployed now for so long that if they were even renamed Unemployment as their middle name; it will be a befitting favor. Some neither have health nor death insurance but sickness strolls around their corridor. You are a beautiful girl, but sex that others crave and rave has become a nightmare to you because of pain here and pain there. It seems like your children have signed a pact with delinquency that immurement seems to beckon with both hands. You have written love letters that even Hera would have fallen, but the girl you lust and fantasize about has never given you a single reply. You are wondering if God has forgotten you.

Some are trying and relying on coping mechanisms like sex, drugs, alcohol, and social media to deal with this puzzlement so much so that many have become addicted. Others are in total denial, while some rationalize their misery and calamity. The young and old nowadays rather than run to God instead run to religion as another coping mechanism. The majority are drowning themselves in hedonism and embracing fatalism and existentialism body and soul. The tough subscribe to stoicism which reborn more hopelessness that suicide has increased than decrease.

Even great men of God like David (Ps 106:4) and Jeremiah (Jer 15:15) had thought at one point that God had forgotten them. It would seem the present generation is a generation that could rightly be called mobile drug depots of prescription and off counter medications. Even though the sex industry is also experiencing the recession, young girls are flooding into easy money stripteasing as their imaginary bliss terminus where they make a few bucks from spreading their legs to expose their sacred assets to lustful men; single or married. Yes, that is because most of them think God and human beings have forgotten them. Some of you know people who really do not want to see you. You fear for your life day and night. You sleep and keep an eye open that even a mere mosquito frightens you. Some of you have been so evil that even your own shadow frightens you too. Whatever may be the danger facing you, I want you to remember that God does not forget his people.

I know you have been praying, but today I tell you to garnish your prayers with faith in God. Go down again and pray a birthing prayer (I Kings 18: 42). I am not talking about going to church; I am talking about taking your cares unto God who cares for you. Faith and prayer will never fail you as they never failed Elijah. He prayed and asked his servant to see if the results were there. Rather than give up if there were no results, he went down back again and kept praying. Jesus said “men ought always to pray, and not to faint” (Lk 18:1), and Paul reiterated “pray without ceasing” (I Thes 5:17).  Why are you ceasing to pray when your trouble is still there? Is it because you think God has forgotten you? Yes, Elijah prayed until God gave a mighty rain (I Kings 18: 42-46). Therefore, if you want an answer to your situation, hear me well; God has not forgotten you. No, he does not forget his own people “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.” (2 Chro 16:9).

Until then, wait patiently a little longer for God has not forgotten you!

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).

Maria Shriver: A Casualty of American Intolerance.

I had heard about Arnold Schwarzenegger when I was 15 because of his movies: "Terminator" and "Commando". So, when I heard he was getting married, I was curious. Then as I was reading the background of the wife, I realized she was from the Kennedy clan. They then disappeared from my sight until he began running as a governor of California. I followed the elections and was amazed to read that the wife was a democrat, and he was a republican. I thought to myself that would be a difficult marriage. Surprisingly, it was not politics that will separate them; it was sex. Something that has baffled many is how the American public has held the woman more responsible than the man with the battle lines well drawn between the women and the men. Almost every woman thinks she has handled it well; meanwhile, the male commentators seem to be shocked she is getting on with her life well.

The US is still a very intolerant place towards women and lacks chemistry amongst the races. One can still hear most people saying that they did not vote for Hillary Clinton over Obama because she is a woman. Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann face the same onslaught. The proofs are that the paparazzi follow Shriver more than Schwarzenegger who has had a national and international influence. The media does not feel amazed that Schwarzenegger is going on well, but they seem to harbor those feelings that Shriver is doing well. The simple explanation is that women in America are not totally emancipated. Don’t mind the noise; look at the signs on the ground.

The feeling of America towards women is still just slightly different from the epoch before the 19th Amendment. Americans preach democracy, but they are still very intolerant. A glaring example is that Americans do not discuss politics, religions, sports, or even race at work for fear they offend the interlocutor with a contrary opinion. Aren’t those social milieus where societal concerns should be discussed? The same goes with the treatment of women.

Here is a woman who is lawfully separated and rightly so, trying to move on with her life, but people still feel she should not be coming out? She has kept a low key unlike those media hungry women who run after every talkshow for an interview after a failed marriage. She has stayed away from public histrionics of a betrayed wife; she has rather embraced her one time profession-journalism.

Shouldn’t she be left alone to manage her life? What is her evil in her failed marriage? The husband has failed her and has assumed his responsibility. They have come to amicable terms. Isn’t it time for gainsayers and rumor mills to grind to a still now that the manufacturers have refrained from manufacturing their products? Isn’t it time for canards subscribers to seek other companies and subscribe for marital dirt?

While divorce is bad with nefarious residual effects, it is still morally permitted on grounds of infidelity (Mt 19:9) or desertion (I Cor 7:14-15). As much as we could dissuade those concerned from divorcing, they do nothing wrong if they persist and divorce. What the society should do is encourage them to pick up the broken pieces, mend them into reusable vases that will bring joy to themselves and to the community again.

Until then, America must grow tolerance.

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, September 17, 2011

Nanje Jackson Got It All Wrong!

This treatise is in reaction to Nanje's article “reforming the Cameroon Parliamentary Micro Fund System” posted on Camnet on September 17, 2011 and also published on his blog. I want to disagree with your endorsement of D.S. Gibbons; 1994) claims that Micro Funds started in 1974 in Bangladesh. I cannot fault the learned professor because perhaps he had not traveled to other places and that was the first time he was seeing a venture like that. Actually the people of Nfuni and Kembong claimed that MiCro Funds began from them and lay claims that it began as Social funds.

Notwithstanding, Micro Funds and financing became rampant in Manyu Division since 1963 during the banana days. Then it went to MCFA, then MAFcoop. Then finally disgruntled members from the MAFCOOP then went back again to micro funds and began institutions like Solidarity Savings and Loans (SSL). During that time, the micro funds worked as cooperatives and some even functioned as commercial banks as was the case of SSL and Zion Credit Financing (ZCF).  The micro funds did not start with the government and had nothing to do with the government. However, the government had and has the power to supervise them to make sure that they function properly since their collapse affects the economy directly and indirectly.

Nanje failed to show that the government by giving the money for micro projects to parliamentarians was creating a means of holding the different parliamentarians hostage and making them eternal minions of the president since their departure (8 millions CFA) means a loss of the income which most of them embezzle. Out of all the parliamentarians from Manyu division, it is only honorable Rose Abunaw that I know did a miniature development with her own money even though she failed to used the money for the Mam-mbimbi bridge for which it is alleged she collected money.

What Nanje is writing and what Dr Yanus is saying are two different things. Looking at the objectives (D.S Gibbons; 1994) as Nanje cited, you will agree with me that they are talking about two different things. Nanje is alluding to Micro projects, but Yanus is talking about micro funds. Micro funds extend banking facilities to the poor and not parliamentarians. SSL and ZCF (financing two institutions I audited in a survey in 1998 under CRETES sponsored by Ministry of Agricultrure-MINAGRI) were lending money to the poor to eliminate exploitation by the commercial banks and rich individuals who used usury to lend cash. The micro funds became generally known in the entire country as COPECS because they began functioning as cooperatives, and the government even gave them the same licenses that they used for cooperatives.

The Micro funds gave loans to poor people at a far lower interest rate than commercial banks were giving. They also could finance projects by providing the farmer with the crops and utensils needed rather than providing cash. This paved the way for less mismanagement and reduced the potentialities of failure and embezzlement. In addition, it reduced the wait time and hassle that these same farmers faced when they wanted loans from commercial banks or when they expected the cooperatives from helping; especially as cooperatives were almost becoming government parastatals controlled by the MINAGRI and  her parastatal of MIDENO.

Therefore, suffer it to know that micro projects and micro funds are two different things. The parliamentarians are executing micro projects which could either be financed by micro funds from COPECS or from the government via the parliamentarians. However, there is a major difference between the two in that Micro funds could actually issue loans while the parliamentarians are there to execute the micro projects themselves. If they were to issue loans what would be the interest rate and who determines that?

Due to time constraints, I will not belabor our points of convergence. I agree with you that even the micro projects by parliamentarians is a waste of money as they have embezzled all the money. I had submitted a report to MINAGRI in 1998 about COPECS and how they could sustain and add impetus to the financial sector especially with the rapid fall of the most commercials banks. The government ignored my report and what ensued was the collapse of most of these COPECS as a row of dominoes.

Many people I personally know (including the writer) lost a lot of money; it even brought disrepute to the church as the Full Gospel Mission had adopted the ZCF as their bank despite my warning to the mission leaders. I had helped to advise the founders and CEOs of ZCF, so I knew the structure and dynamics of the Micro Fund and their own shortcomings especially the fact that there was no proper financial oversight and the regulations in placed were not properly enforced.

Nonetheless, it is not late to make amends as we are an emerging economy struggling for a breakthrough. The government should trace the documents they paid me money to research on and then implement the proposals. One thing I will agree with you intoto is that parliamentarians should not be given money to carry out any project. If the poor people in Cameroon could even be so corrupt when they don’t see money, how much more when they see money? At best the government should strengthen those COPECS and with strict oversights and regulations to monitor the financial system, provide adequate consumer protection and security of assets (rather than what happened to SSL and ZCF where the COPEC’s assets were sold to powerful investors because of insecurity) and then the parliamentarians should instead just overlook the entire financial system.

Until then, the entire financial system needs an overhaul.

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, September 16, 2011

And Then She Surrendered Her Pearl To The Devil- the Thief!

Years ago, I knew a very good friend of mine. We walked and hung out together. He was enjoying the marriage of his life, and his wife was his most cherished treasure on earth. He always joked that even though there is no marriage in heaven; he will go with his wife to heaven and that he will apply for exemption if need be. He will look at me and say “reverend, I pity bachelors like you.” Then calamity struck; his wife told him she wanted divorce. “I cannot believe you did it with her. Upon all the people on earth you see daily, you have not seen any other person except my best friend. I am done. It is disgraceful to me. I guess you wanted to rub it on my face. I accept it. I am done.” Three weeks later, she filed for divorce, and they both parted their ways. Her story reminded me of some tales I will like to share with you today. 

When we were adolescents, a plantain farmer caught his daughter in the middle of the farm having sex with the farm boy. He took the girl home, beat her very well and tied her outside naked as people passed and shamed her. Her mother pled with the father who untied her. All that was done to the young man was a stern warning “leave my daughter alone except you are tired of living”. Would it have been fair for the father to just give the daughter as a gift to the man?  
Still in the village, we used to have a guy who had the demons of theft. He stole everything; useful or useless. Many thought he was under a curse. One day his cousin found him stealing his cocoa buds.  He reported it to the village council that requested that he should be arrested, tied and flocked in front of the entire village. The man continued tending his farm and thenceforth built a strong fence and buttered it with juju and scarecrows. Perhaps he should have just given the thief the cocoa farm after all, why did he as his cousin only come to his farm? 

In 2010, a man was charged with raping his daughter in front of his wife. He had raped her while the wife was at work and when she came and confronted him, he locked them both in the room and raped the girl again. For three days he kept raping the daughter until she was set free on the third day. When the man was arrested, I was expecting the wife to say, “please just go with your father the cousin of the devil, for I cannot believe that he raped you in front of me.” 

While it is not in the power of the farmer and the woman to change the course of things, it does not peter out the fact that the women have been defiled. One thing we must all remember is that the devil comes to steal, kill and to destroy. If the devil is trying to steal your husband or your wife and you catch it, please, take him or her back and chase the devil away from your path. If you can run away, do so. I remember an uncle who kept moving from one town to another because there was a young boy that wanted his wife. Finally, the boy gave up, and they have lived happily thereafter.

Until then, don’t surrender your pearl to the devil the thief.

Prince & P A 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).

When Communities Lose Their Souls.

When I was flying back from Atlanta to Portland, I began thinking about what has happened to our communities nowadays. The word community is actually borrowed from a German word gemeinde with the root gemeinschaft which means a natural bond of confreres or compeers.  Healthy people will build a healthy community and healthy communities will build a healthy city. Healthy cities will build a healthy country and healthy countries will build a healthy and happy world. In most communities nowadays, one is not safe. There is infighting and actually people rejoice when they hear that evil has befallen their associate. In a small city in Mexico, the drug dealers have taken upon themselves to decimate the community by making it lawless and inhabitable.  In local groups where we cannot physically kill, we kill via hatred-assassination of character even those we have no beefs with. Do you think our communities still have their souls?

From creation, God had seen the importance of a community when the Bible says “And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.”(Gen 2:18). Thenceforth, he blessed man to fulfill the sanction of multiplication. Adam and Eve formed their bond and established a community until the serpent lured Eve into sin and damnation. Thus the major characteristic of a community is cohesion. Thereafter, there has been a perpetual struggle to build lasting and joyful communities.  Good communities do not only speak the same language, have the same settlement, but they have a common goal-the development of their community. Some years ago, most people could boast of belonging to healthy communities, but it will be difficult to make the same claims today.

In the 90s, there were some churches back in Cameroon that no pastor wanted to pastor because not only the Christians, but the elders were difficult to lead. When I moved to the US, I visited a church, and the pastor at the time told the congregation that they should pray that he will stay because he realized most of their pastors did not last for more than two years. The Christians and the elders too were a thorn in the flesh. How do they hold their own Bibles when they are reading it that they do not see love for mankind or respect for the pastor or at least the warning not to touch God’s anointed I always thought.

Early March this year, I read an article of a Mexican city that did not have a police chief because no one wants to take the job for fear they are killed by the drug lords. A young 21 year old lady took the job and with numerous threats to her life, she caved in and fled to the US where she filed for asylum. Evil usual does not strike too far. Just of recent in one of our Manyu groups, they wanted a new leader to replace the current who is leaving, but no one was ready to replace him. 

 Anytime it happens that no one wants to lead a group or community, it simply means that community has lost or is losing its soul. Whether they agree or not, the truth is that the bond has been broken, and the cohesion made porous. Many people have lost their character; and very few think about doing what is right. Keeping promises has become a joke and treating people with dignity and respect a thing of the past. Leaders are voted or selected not by competence but by nepotism and who can slander best. The people have become more detached from one another although in the same community especially with the influx of new gadgets, technology that facilitates migration, religions that preach bigotry and intolerance and commerce where making profits outweighs the uberrima fides to satisfy the consumers.     

For us to build healthy communities, we must reestablish the notion of neighborhoods. That is; loving your neighbor as yourself. Another example of communities that have lost their souls is what is happening to the black communities in Chicago, Baltimore and New York where they kill each other more than what happens in a war zone. Those communities have lost their souls. In most of those communities, they are happy to hear that evil has befallen one of  theirs. They boast and trump their chests for their downfall and for those who have not fallen they strive, connive and collude to bring them down. Just because they brought someone down does not mean they are climbing up, or just because someone we do not like falls, does not mean we are rising. It does not change our social stratum and may never change. 

To build a good community now, we must accept that people will come from all over the place and settle with us; some will speak our language and others will not. Those who do not speak the language owe themselves the debt of learning the language to facilitate their integration, but they are not outsiders or enemies in the house. No society can live without conflicts ,but we must learn to minimize our conflicts and then learn how to resolve them without resurrecting the bygones in the present and transposing them into the future.

We cannot be happy to hear that our neighbor’s teenage daughter is pregnant, or that that guy in our community lost his job. We cannot jubilate that our neighbor is foreclosing, or that the tornado wiped out the secretary’s house, but she did not have insurance. We cannot neglect our neighbor who is on drugs, or should we dance when we hear that people are divorcing.

Any community that still enhances the cast system will not be cohesive. We must go back to the basic of family and rebuild our families. It is time to call our relatives and talk with them, pay them visits, greet a neighbor and put a smile on their face. It is high time we spend less time on social media and watching TV rather than doing things with our families. Divorce should not become the mode for there is never a time that the sommum bonum of divorce outweighs the supreme good of marriage. The residual effects of divorce linger far longer than we underestimate.  It is high time for people to know that we can be of different religions and still live together happily and form a great community. The people in your community are your neighbors, and you must love them as you love yourself. It is your responsibility to protect their interest and to seek their good and happiness.

Until then, let us build healthy communities.

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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