By Chibamba Kanyama
While at a hotel in Mombasa, a tourist attraction with many women walking on hotel corridors in swimming costumes and some nearly undressed, I observed one young woman had overdone it; transparent dress and undergarment, prompting me to complain to a Zimbabwean colleague, ‘I think that is totally evil; when these people come to Africa, they should know we are not used to some of these things.’
Approaching the reception area where Dr
Melissa Kapulu waited for me to take me to church, I saw the same skimpily dressed woman running towards me, ‘Excuse me, Sir!’ She came so close to me and that was the least kind of interaction I needed at that point, what more at a time I was focused on worship, ‘You dropped something, Sir!’ It was my key porch with credit card in it.
At times, those we consider wildly and unholy ate the most trusting, possess the most caring and tender heart; can be more compassionate, accommodating and receptive to than those of the kingdom. However, being near them ignores fear for our reputation and image of purity such that we want to be as much further away from them- despite the ugly tag around their neck, they could be the most clean at heart!
I thought of the promiscuous woman who perfumed Jesus and how Jesus handled the criticism (such that if it was today, such a photo would go viral!), ‘Then He turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”
1. Have you ever received help from those you despise?
2. Do you know it is those unworthy; the paupers, who clean our bodies and bury us; giving us a glorious send-off when those we thought loved us stood far off with dust-shields at the graveyard?
3. Do you know Jesus’ genealogy includes those Individuals society would not easily associate with? ‘By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.’ Heb.11:31