In a world where noise comes from all manner of sources – a ticking clock, a dropping spoon, music in the matatu, a crying baby and Pastor 310 Kanyari defending his boobilia – silence is a virtue that everyone should adapt. Silence can be assumed to mean consent for whatever is happening. Take an instance where you are in a matatu, sitting next to the driver.
The moment the driver reaches into his pocket, you know his hand isn’t going to come out with a photo of his son gratuating from preschool but a cigarette and a Kifaru Kubwa matchbox. You have two choices to make. You either ask him to stop ane explain you are protecting your lungs and rhinos from imminent extinction. Or you breathe in the poisonous fumes and hope God will inspire a brave soul to speak out in protest.
I personally admire people who are able to keep quiet because they seem to be cool, calm and collected. To break silence or not is a tricky affair. You get misunderstood if you keep quiet or don’t. We live in a world where people want to be told good things. Anything negative is considered as complaining.
A story is told of a mango tree that had stayed for long without bearing fruits. One day, the villagers noticed someonehad pruned the excessive tree branches, dug out the weeds and watered the tree. The villagers wanted to ask who was responsible but they didn’t. Soon, fruits appeared on the tree and the villagers enjoyed eating them. Because there were too many mangoes, they soon lay in piles, rotting and the stench was too much to bear. Yet no one did anything about it. The rotting mangoes choked the life out of the mango tree and it died.
Today, don’t keep quiet if you notice something wrong. Pastor Kanyari’s 310, false testimony and boobilia is a result of our collective silence. We saw it coming when wr first saw it on TV and we kept quiet by murmuring and as much as he has been exposed, the Body of Christ is hurting. We can put an end to such things by being the first to break the silence.
“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends,” – Martin Luther King, Jr