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 Kenya‚Äôs largest parachurch organizations with 45,000 members. ‚ÄúA true Christian must be ready to live and to die for the faith,‚ÄĚ he said.
But two professors at St. Paul‚Äôs University, a conservative Anglican institution in Nairobi, say the answer isn‚Äôt that clear-cut. Reciting the shahada doesn‚Äôt amount to denying Christ, says Samuel Githinji, a theology lecturer.
‚ÄúChristians are obligated to save their lives and others‚Äô lives as much as possible,‚ÄĚ Githinji said. ‚ÄúDenying the faith is more subtle than the mere voicing of certain words.‚ÄĚ ...