This pragmatic response to terror attacks is understandable. But is it biblically sound? Kenyan Christian leaders are divided on the issue.
No, says David Oginde, head of Christ is the Answer Ministries, one of Kenyaâ€™s largest parachurch organizations with 45,000 members. â€śA true Christian must be ready to live and to die for the faith,â€ť he said.
But two professors at St. Paulâ€™s University, a conservative Anglican institution in Nairobi, say the answer isnâ€™t that clear-cut. Reciting the shahada doesnâ€™t amount to denying Christ, says Samuel Githinji, a theology lecturer.
â€śChristians are obligated to save their lives and othersâ€™ lives as much as possible,â€ť Githinji said. â€śDenying the faith is more subtle than the mere voicing of certain words.â€ť ...