“You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.” [Exodus 20:4]
When God commands that human beings should worship no other gods but Him, it’s not because He feels threatened, or because He fears that He would be dethroned and lose His power and position as God. When God describes Himself as a jealous God, it’s not because He is insecure and is afraid of losing control over His creation. God is sovereign. And when God commands that we love Him and live for His glory alone, it’s not because He is lonely and dejected. He not only made everything, He sustains everything. That’s right, not even hell can exist without God holding it in place, sustaining and fueling its fire. Hell is an expression of God, His wrath. Heaven is an expression of God, His love. And this earth is a transient creation of God, it is His possession. Everything that exists finds its origin in God.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” [John 1:1-3]
There is an uproar in the Kenyan social media scene. The source of this sudden surge of heated online exchanges over the name “Caroline Mutoko” is a status update posted by the popular (or unpopular, I can’t decide) radio personality. A young lady recently posted a complaint regarding the high calling rates of Safaricom, a local mobile phone service provider. The lady figured that Caroline could use her influence to highlight the problem in one of her shows. This was neither something new nor unique. Many people have posted complaints about various institutions on the Facebook walls of popular radio stations in an attempt to publicize their disappointment and frustrations over poor services. However, this particular complaint was met with unexpected hostility. This is the response that Caroline posted as her status update:
Okey – I let the average idle person vent as much as they need to on social media, I’m alright with the fact that you probably have nothing else of value to do with your time. However, here’s where I draw the line:
1. You will not use my wall to be mediocre & hide behind your bogus pseudonym to insult the CEO of any organisation, or anyone else for that matter. I don’t care what your beef is. You
don’t get to do that here.
2. Safaricom has a FB page. Use it.
3. Bob Collymore – Mr. Collymore has a twitter handle – use it.
4. It’s a freaking free country, you don’t like s’thing move on. Don’t waste my time & yours posting filth on my wall.
5. Have the basic skill to refer to me by my name. It’s at the top of the page for easy reference. I don’t know who caro is.
6. By all means raise issues about our clients/advertisers, what you will not do is apply the same bottom feeder behavior you reserve for bigotry & politics to slander business entities. Not here.
And yes, our advertisers ALL bar none, contribute to our bottomline, therefore I make no apologies for being in their corner. Incidentally, I did ask Safaricom if I should take this nonsense down & they said no.
But this is MY page.
You want to be rude, abusive & base, go elsewhere.
I don’t need you, not now, not ever.
This is what has caused the current uproar all over social media. The public has not taken that response very kindly. That a popular radio presenter could use such language, insult the intelligence of her listeners and fans and claim that she doesn’t need them, that is unheard of. For many, it seems to project a certain self-righteousness that is not expected of popular figures. For others, this response has evoked emotions ranging from blind rage to sad disappointment. To the fanatics, they have simply opted to rationalize her response and sided with her on this one. Of course there are those analytical minds who have discerned that Safaricom is an advertiser and a valuable source of revenue for Kiss 100. Therefore, it is only reasonable that Caroline Mutoko would not defame the company or dare raise a complaint against it. It’s just not good for business.
However, the reason why I decided to write about this was not to add one more stick to the fire. This is an issue that will go away just as fast as it has appeared, especially considering tomorrow is Jamhuri (Republic) Day for Kenya. The matter will soon be overshadowed by other more urgent matters and business and we will forget it ever happened. Those who made vows in the heat of the moment to never listen to Caroline Mutoko’s show will soon forget their vows and keep enjoying her shows. Some will even keep calling in and contribute to future issues. The reason why I chose to highlight this issue is because it highlights something else about the human heart.
This furor reveals the futility of worshiping anything or anyone else apart from God. When we worship man made images, we are merely projecting our own self-worship. When we worship God made images (man) we are merely setting ourselves up for great disappointment. Celebrities don’t care about their fans, and when they do, it’s because of vested self-interests. They cannot dare to not care completely simply because its bad for business. Secondly, the celebrities that we idolize are human beings, wretched sinners and many of them (unbelievers) are depraved to the core. They are fickle gods, not worthy of our worship. The only guarantee we have is that they will disappoint us. Right now, Caroline Mutoko has pre-occupied the attention of thousands with her sentiments which can only be described as childish.
Perhaps we should take her own words as an ironic allusion to the the attitudes we ought to have towards her and similar idols:
“You want to be rude, abusive & base, go elsewhere. I don’t need you, not now, not ever.”
That’s right, you don’t need her. You never have. The only reason why anyone would be deeply offended by her words is because he or she had taken Caroline Mutoko too seriously. My lesson here is that any other god is a fickle lover; it, he or she will dump you when you need it, him or her most. But we have a God who doesn’t need us, yet loves us. We have a God who could do without us, yet chose to come to earth and be with us. We have a God whom we have offended, been rude to and abusive towards, yet He has chosen to forgive our sins, pay the price for our deserved punishment by giving the life of His only begotten son. He is the creator of the universe, the only true and living God.
He doesn’t seek your attention, worship and reverence because He needs you. He seeks your attention, worship and reverence because you need Him.
Do you know Him?
For the fame of His name,