All posts filed under: Sin and Sinners

Our human heroes and their frailties​

© April 10, 2018 | Schulter Etyang We all have heroes. All of us. Some of our heroes are our parents, community leaders, siblings, kids, teachers, spiritual leaders, political leaders, authors, guru’s, captains of industries and even peers. We have this one person or persons that exhibit and express what we could become. They inspire us to reach for more and live up to our full potential. They exist to give us meaning to our existence. The self-made man or woman doth protest rather too loudly at this idea. In their objection, they give away the identity of their hero – his or her self is the hero. They are their own heroes. I have heroes of my own. My late Pastor Harun Lihanda is one of them. My mother is a hero of mine. My siblings are heroes of mine. My wife Jenny has become a hero to me. When I came to South Africa for the first time, a couple hosted me for some months. They are my heroes. My first job in South Africa …

How Jesus solved David’s dilemma

By Schulter Etyang David has this dilemma. His middle son has just murdered his eldest son. Absalom murdered Amnon because he raped his sister Tamar. David is then told about what happened but does nothing. His only response? Very angry! So, Absalom takes it upon himself to avenge the wrong that was done to his sister. Which he does. The penalty of what Absalom did is death. This David knows very well. He knows the Ten Commandments very well. In a previous episode of his life, he did the same thing. He murdered his best friend and took his wife. Now David is faced with this dilemma. How do I condemn what Absalom did without condemning him? How do I punish his sin without punishing my son? How do I judge his sin without judging him? It seems plausible enough that his son Absalom knew what he had done to Uriah and was now playing the same card. “Dad, let’s see what you are going to do to me. If you judge or punish me, …

Finding Jesus in David’s sin

The gospel has become everything to me. Grace is everything to me. What Jesus did for me is my sail. Without grace, I’m lost in the stormy waters of life. Without the gospel, I’m a mad man hearing strange voices in my head.  I have to write, journal, read, listen, converse, meditate, debate, consider, contemplate and constantly think about grace. For many reasons but one being to silence the voice of condemnation that speaks so loudly to my heart. The voice of condemnation keeps reminding me how I’ve failed, lied, cheated, doubted, feared and sinned against God and against everyone around me. I have to listen to the gospel. The stereo in our car is always playing sermons and talks that remind us what Jesus did for us. We seem to not get enough of it and every time we’ve lost sight of the gospel, Jenny and I end always end up in a bad space. It is amazing that when the voice of hope and forgiveness is muted, then the voice of condemnation becomes …

I HAVE AN ACQUIRED IMMUNE DEFICIENCY SYNDROME towards all things godly

I have never liked tests (and probably never will). The one and only reason why I don’t like tests is that they threaten my important prideful self. They threaten to expose me for who I really am – lazy, incompetent, poor, prideful, slow, fearful and the list goes on and on and on. I guess this is the reason why I dislike army documentaries and reality shows that showcase macho men strutting their stuff. This is also probably the reason why I claim that the bible is a hard book to read. Why? The bible is too brutal on my sins. It exposes me for who I really am. I don’t measure up and no amount of positive thinking, positive confession or otherwise will make me better than I am.