Is Abiy Ahmed a Follower of Protestant Christian Faith? We shall know him by his fruits.
By Haile Tessema
Tigrai Online, Dec. 16, 2018
Did Abiy Ahmed calculatingly convert to Christianity with an ambitious long-term goal of becoming a king in Christian-dominated Ethiopia? Litsen to what he says about Axum, no Ethiopian leader dear to say this before.
Despite having a Muslim father, PM Abiy is apparently a Christian. In speeches he made; seen on video humbly kneeling down at the foot of a self-proclaimed prophetess to obtain her blessing (before his coming to power) as well as attending a church service (since taking office), he has made no secret of his protestant faith.
Nonetheless, when it comes to identifying with a given faith, it’s not what one claims to be, but rather his/her actions that matter, and speak louder. Hence the bible stating, “You will know them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:20). Listening the PM talk; watching his actions and weighing in on fruits of his leadership, his faith is increasingly becoming questionable at best or dismissible as pretentious at worst. And here is why:
- Stealing (tackled on the 8th. of the 10 commandments), lying and deceiving are of course forbidden in the bible. Leviticus 19:11, warns “You shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another”. Yet, Abiy Ahmed made his way to the top by lying and stealing (deceitfully receiving) education qualifications, and plagiarizing statements and speeches of famous people. However, listening to him talk off note, particularly in English, it becomes evident that the man is not a BA degree worthy leave alone PhD.
- “Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips” (Proverbs 27:2) is an advise offered by biblical wise man King Solomon. But, from the get go, Abiy has been bragging how he was chosen for kingship since the age of 7. Subsequently, seeing himself as a ruler instead of a servant, he loves to pat himself on the back, and endlessly talk in first singular “I”.
- Love is a word Abiy initially came out chanting, yet he is displaying tremendous hate toward other persons, group and people whom he has marked as enemies. And the bible cautions, “If anyone says, “I love God,” but hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen” (1 John 4:20).
- He also came out preaching forgiveness, but he is increasingly showing how trivially vindictive he could be. All the same, the good book he claims to adhere to teaches, “You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself …” (Leviticus 19:18).
- The bible counsels, “But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips” (Colossians 3:8). Yet, the PM has shown time and again how malicious and slanderer he could be. In fact, he has become known for foot-in-mouth disease, and for coining filthy words and terms which the media and people are picking, reusing and recycling.
- Abiy promised the sun, moon and stars – peace, justice, prosperity and what not – to Ethiopians, but the promises are making him appear what King Solomon warned centuries ago, “A person who promises a gift but doesn’t give it is like clouds and wind that bring no rain” (Proverbs 25:14).Sadly, ethnic conflict, identity based attacks, displacement, injury and death of citizens have increased, and the economy is going downhill at the same time.
- It’s a well-known fact that Eritrean born-again Christians have been facing persecution, and are languishing in prison. Yet, Abiy is hugging, kissing, wining, dining, confiding and plotting with his presumably Christian brethren’s persecutor Issaias Afeworki. And it’s highly unlikely, bordering on impossible, for Abiy to have raised the issue of Eritrean Protestants’ suffering with his Eritrean counterpart.
- Abiy has been working with Orthodox Church hardliners like Deacon Daniel Kebret despite the fact that they denounce him and his church as false Christians with the derogatory term “መናፍቃን”. He also has established a brotherhood, political partnership and strategical alliance with Egypt, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirate leaders.
This raises the question, did Abiy Ahmed self-interestedly and calculatingly convert to Christianity with an ambitious long-term goal of becoming a king in Christian-dominated Ethiopia? I doubt that for the simple reason that he doesn’t strike me as highly intelligent, disciplined and long-term planner. Besides, had that been the case, he’d have turned to the religiously and culturally dominant Orthodox Church.
Another possible scenario, is it possible that, as “power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely”, the simple-minded man has changed and dropped his values once he entered the Menelik Palace? Possibly, but maybe not likely.
Rather, more convincing for me, Abiy is an opportunist egomaniac who would go with the flow; easily accept a religion or political ideology; work in partnership even with the devil if he has to so long as it quenches his grandiose thirst for fame, prestige and power.
If so, that’s more dangerous than having to deal with a political or religious ideologue whose end goals are at least known and predictable.
So, “buyer beware!” After all, when push comes to shove, history could repeat itself with – similar to the other military leader with a colonel rank Ethiopia had – Colonel Abiy’s flight (than fight) to a foreign land, while Ethiopians are left with having to foot their former leader’s bill not just financially but also psychologically and with precious human lives yet again.
Did Abiy Ahmed calculatingly convert to Christianity with an ambitious long-term goal of becoming a king in Christian-dominated Ethiopia?