Posted in GUEST POST SERIES: PERSPECTIVE AND FEMINISM.

Gaining A Biblical Understanding of How God Perceives Men and Women

Hiya!

We’re back with the guest post series. You can catch up with the genesis of the whole series by following this link Here. Over to Margaret now, the guest on the blog.

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Greetings! I think all of us are ready for the pandemic to be over. We need to be able to experience freedom of movement and community.  Did you ever think about God creating community and valuing it? That is why we have the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God wants a close love relationship with us, too. So often we don’t even consider how much God wants to be close to us in spiritual intimacy. It relates to our discussion about our perception of God as our heavenly Father. This means He is the patriarch.

Please know as I have said before that I am sharing from my Christian Worldview perspective as requested.  Thank you for opening your hearts and minds, hearing my perspective on this subject.  The scripture below speaks to my heart about my perspective.

“Live wisely among those who are not believers and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone” (Colossians 4:5-6).

Secular feminism is opposed to the Bible. The Bible is opposed to secular feminism. (See earlier article about the History of Feminism). The good news is God created women to be far more special, significant, stronger, and fulfilled than women today who would put their secular feminist views above God’s Word. Feminism is linked to secular humanism, which puts humans on the throne instead of God. When we discuss the term patriarchy, it is important to look at God’s original order before the fall.

As Christian women, it is our duty to align ourselves to God’s Word. The design to align the Bible to our lives by redefining or challenging it to meet our human desires is rebellion against God. This is akin to the original sin in the Garden of Eden. “Did God really say…” (Genesis 3:1)

We have discovered in the earlier article that God loves men and women equally and values them equally. The Bible is an account of real-life situations including the good that honors Him, the bad that is evil and the shockingly horrible evil. This is what makes the Bible so relevant. It doesn’t leave out the bad stuff in the world. Yes, even today there are cultures around the world that do not treat women like Jesus does.  Human rights organizations such as International Justice Mission provides lots of information regarding these issues and how to help. One thing we all see that each person is unique and significant no matter what their educational level is, their family background, their skin color, or tribe.  Also, how we are treated by men in our families may impact our filters for good or bad. Abuse is real but it is pure evil and not from God.

Throughout the Old and New Testament there are examples of women who were powerful influencers, leaders, businesswomen, influencers of kings, along with evil women who were deceived, worshiped idols of pride and intellect, had no discernment,  participated in child sacrifice and were part of ungodly cults. What we should discern is who were the godly women? Why are they role models even though some of them were not perfect? That is a great thing about God. He knows our weaknesses and can still use us in amazing ways.

To set the stage for what we are examining let’s look at the distinctions between patriarchy and patriarch as a beginning. The first is a definition from the secular perspective not necessarily from the Biblical definition before the Fall of Man. The second definition explains the role of a patriarch as in Biblical times making reference to Abraham.

Definition of patriarchy:

1) social organization marked by the supremacy of the father in the clan or family, the legal dependence of wives and children, and the reckoning of descent and inheritance in the male line broadl : control by men of a disproportionately large share of power. 2)  a society or institution organized according to the principles or practices of patriarchy. Example of use: For 20 years the country was ruled as a patriarchy.

Example of non-biblical patriarchal system: brother seizing property away from wife and kids of deceased sibling.

More objective definition for patriarch is https://www.merriamwebster.com/dictionary/patriarch

Definition of patriarch:

1a) one of the scriptural fathers of the human race or of the Hebrew people Abraham was a patriarch of the Israelites. 1b) a man who is father or founder Example: The newspaper patriarch celebrated his 90th birthday. c(1) the oldest member or representative of a group the cypress … is the patriarch of native trees, going back to the time of the dinosaur — Amer. Guide Series: Texas c(2) a venerable old man a whiskered patriarch, spry for his age— Frank Sullivan. d) a man who is head of a patriarchy

I see things from how God initially planned things to work during creation before sin entered the world. For additional information you can read about the topic from different viewpoints at this link below.

http://www.bibleinterp.com/articles/2016/03/zuc408010.shtml

The history and culture of different regions is discussed in several stories to provide background for us.  Also, there are some strong women in the Bible who were highly esteemed.

As we set the stage for the discussion of patriarchy as Christians, we first ask 5 questions about our starting point as believers in Jesus.  To make sense out of complicated world-view topics, we first need to identify our beliefs. This starting point is influenced by our history, family role models, religious beliefs, educational influences, the media, and our peers. It requires an honest evaluation of the factors that influence us because they impact all our filters when discussing a topic. Are we willing to be open minded to being challenged about our current beliefs?

Do we believe the Bible is foundational and true? If so, let us examine how it guides us. I make the choice to see things through this Biblical filter because I find it trustworthy. We have choices about what we believe and how it impacts our lives.

The Bible is pro-God and intended to illustrate order as He intended.  God created man from dust first and then created a companion from him, she was named by whom she came out of – that is the name of ‘woman’. The Bible puts forth for those made in His image a love letter with what will be profitable and bring forth peace and joy for all made in His image.

There are guidelines for men and there are guidelines for women. 

There are allegories to the order which mimic the order that exists between the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

There are warnings and admonitions to both male and female should they disobey. 

Here is one example which cautions men on how to treat their wives otherwise their prayers will not be heard from GOD:

Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered. 1 Peter 3:7

In this scripture the phase “weaker vessel” means like a fine piece of china of great value but breaks if mistreated.

Women are guided to be wise women. She is to be a woman who is filled with grace and honor, respectful, trustworthy, a wife, mother, and business woman: in real estate, or as a merchant, a designer, creative and the one who places order in her home and makes sure that all that is needed for the well-being for her family is acquired. (Proverbs 31) 

Several women in scripture were wealthy. These women (Lydia, Phoebe, Junia, Julia, see https://margmowczko.com/wealthy-women-roman-world-and-church/) were some of the ones who supported the first church. This church was filled with a blending of cultures and Messianic Jews (Jews who followed the Messiah – Jesus Christ) and gentiles who also believed in Jesus Christ.

To explain the why behind this question, we need to go back to God’s original plan. In Genesis Adam and Eve shared equally and lived in harmony. However, when they sinned everything changed. We are their heirs and even today live with the consequences.

Contrary to many feminists, the root problem of humanity is not male authority, or authority itself; the problem is human sin, which affects the way in which both men and women relate to each other. In Christ, we can be set free once again to live out God’s design for us according to which he created us male and female from the very beginning. As Spirit-filled followers of Christ, we can partner in mission for God in love and unity, for God’s greater glory and for our own good. (Excerpt from God’s Design for Man and Woman: A Biblical-Theological Survey, By Andreas J. Köstenberger, Margaret Elizabeth Köstenberger)

Carol Meyers, a professor of religion at Duke University, chronicles how the labeling of the Old Testament teaching on gender roles in ancient Israel as “patriarchy” has fallen on hard times in various fields of scholarship. Thus, Meyers states a critical mass of leading evangelical and non-evangelical scholarship concurs that patriarchy in the modern sense of the term does not adequately reflect the role of the father in ancient times. How and why not? The bottom line is that even feminists are starting to realize that characterizing the Old Testament teaching on gender roles in terms of patriarchy is misleading and inaccurate. Using the notion of patriarchy as a foil for a feminist critique of the biblical teaching ultimately fails because of its underlying false definition of patriarchy. Rather than engaging this strawman argument where Old Testament “patriarchy” is used as a red herring, we should be more precise in our description and definitions of terms related to the Old Testament teaching on gender roles.

(Excerpt from “Does the Bible Reflect a Patriarchal Bias?” By Andreas J. Köstenberger, Margaret Elizabeth Köstenberger) If not patriarchal, what would you call it? I think it was patriarchal but not in a negative way.

Historically the label adds to the Bible something that is not consistent. Whether you are a man or a woman you are created by God. He has a plan and a future for you and values you greatly. Your significance is known by God and if you choose to know this you will seek God. As you do, He will show you the skills He has placed in you uniquely.  He will present opportunities to use these skills and when you do, you will honor God. We all have choices… Believe the world and think of ourselves as victims apart from God which is a conscious choice.  Or we can be conquerors and put God on the throne. When we do, we choose to see things as God sees them. 

In my opinion, what we believe about ourselves as men or women determines the actions and attitudes we have in life. If we allow feminist doctrine which focuses on anti-patriarchy to turn us against men in general, then our actions will follow our thoughts. If we are around women who have had bad experiences with a few men and think all men are bad, they will influence us. Some hurting women I know who follow the feminist movement had absent fathers or men who betrayed them. As a result, they have difficulty seeing God as a kind, loving father. 

They prefer to take control and worship the movement instead of God. It is sad because God loves them and wants the best for them. However, due to evil, irresponsible men have clouded their thinking and Satan has used these thoughts to turn them away from God. Deception is a dangerous weapon of Satan. Many do not see it in the beginning until they are fully manipulated in their minds. By this time Satan has turned them from God by tempting them and creating doubt in their minds.  If you allow the negative perspective of feminist anti-patriarchy, it may impact your own ability to have a positive relationship with a man according to God’s design.

God wants the best for us all, but He does give us choices. We can be influenced for good or evil. The choice of who we believe is on the throne of our lives makes a huge difference on our long-time joy in life. We can choose God, the world or self to be our guiding force. What will you choose?

Margaret Noblin, The Rock Outreach-US 501c3/The Rock kingdom LTD-Uganda NGO. Email me at writertex@gmail.com

Posted in Of new beginnings.

September: Of living and learning.

Hey hey hey!

It’s a new month! Who knew that 31 days would go by so fast?

I recall having huge and thrilling expectations for August, of the new beginnings and trusting the process that I felt the need to assess the past month and re strategize for the next 30 days.

It’s been a short month for me personally and I wonder how the past month treated you. Considering the August excitement was for you as much as it was for me, I hope it was what you hoped God to do for you.  

Anyhow, the course of last 31 days have taught me that whatever God’s will in your life is, it surely will come to pass. I’m not sure if you’ve been in the same shoes as I’ve been in, every time you have boundless anticipations about how your life will play out and you’ve had several conversations about it with God or with whomever you have it with, yet things just don’t play out as you’d planned them to in your head. Your reaction to these situations and what you do moving forward will determine your level of faith, growth and trust in God’s perfect will for your life. (Jeremiah 29:11).

There are a couple of things that I’d personally hoped to have played out in the course of the past 31 days or things I’d hoped to have done which I didn’t do, or worse still, things that I didn’t do to the best of my ability, but my mantra for this month is We live and We learn”.

It’s so easy to put ourselves on pressure for unfinished tasks or underperformance, but the amazing thing about this life we live is that God ordained each one of us and created us for a purpose. So, whatever that purpose is, and whenever it comes to pass, He’ll definitely be with us through it all. Jeremiah 29:11 says: He alone knows the plans he has for us, and these plans are to prosper us.

I’ve been studying the book of Daniel throughout the course of this month and what thrills me about Daniel and his friends, was the perpetual commitment and trust they had in God to deliver them through the ungodly circumstances and demands of the Kings. God surely showed them favour and elevated them at each stage of their lives. However, they first had to resolve not to defile themselves with the things that weren’t of God. (Daniel 1:8). This trickles down to whether we will have the faith enough to know that each and every new day is a chance to live and learn in whatever situations God has placed us in.

The grind may be long and painful but DON’T GIVE UP! Choose to pick up the lessons you can from every experience and move on. Every day is an opportunity to start afresh and move ahead in the train of life.

So even as September starts and as we make reflections on the month of August, it’s important for us to use every opportunity in this coming month as a stepping stone to learn and let God write down our stories perfectly in the blank pages of our lives that we give to Him.

I honestly do hope that you’ll have an amazing month ahead and that you won’t be too hard on yourself for the unaccomplished tasks. Okay?

Cheers and God bless.

Posted in GUEST POST SERIES: PERSPECTIVE AND FEMINISM., Uncategorized

Gaining A Biblical Understanding of How God Perceives Women.

Hiya!

We’re back with the guest post series. You can catch up with the genesis of the whole series by following this link Here. Over to Margaret now, the guest on the blog.

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Question Two-How does one (Christian& Feminist woman) reconcile the way *minority women are portrayed in the Bible especially in Paul’s letters, with one’s feminist beliefs?

*Note: do you really mean marginalized instead of minority? Black women in Africa are not a minority based on numbers. I think you mean marginalized women everywhere, correct?

Greetings from Texas! I hope you are all OK. We live in a weird time with the pandemic. Also, there are many things causing lots of chaos. As all of us try to navigate the “cancel culture,” I choose to be brave and share at the risk of rejection because as a mentor I want to speak truth with evidence. Please know as I have said before that I am sharing from my Christian Worldview perspective as requested. Thank you for opening your minds, and hearts hearing my perspective on this subject.

The scripture below speaks to my heart about my perspective.

“Live wisely among those who are not believers and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone” (Colossians 4:5-6).

In accepting the challenge of answering questions about how today’s secular concept of feminism fits into the Bible, I realize I set myself up to an impossible task.

Secular feminism is opposed to the Bible. The Bible is opposed to secular feminism. (See earlier article about the History of Feminism). The good news is God created women to be far more special, significant, stronger, and fulfilled than women today who would put their secular feminist views above God’s Word.

Feminism is linked to secular humanism, which puts humans on the throne instead of God.
As Christian women, it is our duty to align ourselves to God’s Word. The desire to align the Bible to our lives by redefining or challenging it to meet our human desires is rebellion against God. This is akin to the original sin in the Garden of Eden. “Did God really say…” (Genesis3:1)

As I thought more about the questions, I discovered I could not call myself a “Biblical feminist” because there is no such accurate label. However, I could discuss “Biblical femininity.” Our beliefs directly impact all our decisions in life, and whether God is included or left out. If you want to find out why I believe strongly in this perspective read on, if not that’s OK too.

We have discovered in the earlier article that God loves men and women equally and values them equally. The Bible is an account of real-life situations including the good that honors Him, the bad that is evil and the shockingly horrible evil. This is what makes the Bible so relevant. It doesn’t leave out the bad stuff in the world.

Yes, even today there are cultures around the world that do not treat women like Jesus does. One thing we all see that each person is unique and significant no matter what their educational level is, their family background, their race or tribe.

Also, how we are treated by men in our families may impact our filters for good or bad. Abuse is real but it is pure evil and not from God. Throughout the Old and New Testament there are examples of women who were powerful influencers, leaders, businesswomen, advisors to kings, along with evil women who were deceived, worshiped idols of pride and intellect, had no discernment, participated in child sacrifice and were part of ungodly cults.

What we should discern is who were the godly women who are great role models even though some of them were not perfect?

That is a great thing about God. He knows our weaknesses and can still use us in amazing ways.
The history and culture of different regions is discussed in several stories to provide background for us. Also, there are some strong women in the Bible who were highly esteemed.
As we set the stage for the discussion of perspectives on feminism as Christians, we first asked 5 questions about our starting point as believers in Jesus. To make sense out of complicated world-view topics, we first need to identify our beliefs.

This starting point is influenced by our history, family role models, religious beliefs, educational influences, the media, and our peers. It requires an honest evaluation of the factors that influence us because they impact all our filters when discussing a topic. Are we willing to be open minded to being challenged about our current beliefs?

Do we believe the Bible is foundational and true? If so, let us examine how it guides us. I make the choice to see things through this Biblical filter because I find it trustworthy. We have choices about what we believe and how it impacts our lives. Have our Christian beliefs traveled from our brains to our hearts? If so, our decisions are easier. If our minds and hearts are divided about our love for God, there will always be conflict.

Who is on the throne of our lives? You or God? Is your first objective to please God or please humans? The answers to these questions reveal the true condition of the heart towards God.

First, question two comes from a secular humanist perspective. Feminism is a belief system created by humans and not in the Bible. At some point in our lives we each must decide something critical to our path in life. Is the Bible true and worthy of consideration as we make choices in life? Or is it fiction and just a nice book of stories? Could God be trying to give us something more out of life? (Proverbs 3:5-6)

It is like being lost and deciding whether to use a compass or road map or just guessing your way through life with no direction or plan. The bottom line is are you in whole-heartedly or out when it comes to being a follower of Jesus and believing the Bible? If you are not all in, all the discussions in the world from believers will not make sense.

Choices are important and you can’t go in two directions at the same time. It just doesn’t work; and causes chaos, confusion, prideful attitudes and most importantly compromise to your Biblical core beliefs.

Secular humanism is a belief system created by humans not God. It has become a kind of false religion. Feminism is part of the system as well as all the labels that point to different types of victimization.

In victimization there is always a winner and a looser. God wants us to all be “more than conquerors with Jesus.” (Romans 8:37) Once, we see where this belief system is rooted as Christians, we can see the fallacies from a Biblical perspective.

So often I hear Christians talking about hypocrites, fake Christians and people who say one thing but do the opposite. It doesn’t have to be this way, but most people don’t really want to know God’s character. They want a shortcut. They want to justify their decisions, even when the decisions are sinful. They want to be on the throne of their lives and ignore God’s guidance.
To answer question two directly, it is coming from a skewed perspective.

We must understand what God intended. He created a perfect, wonderful world for Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. There was no sin at that time. Pride and the issue of “minority women” were not God’s idea. The relationship between Adam and Eve was good, respectful, there was no guilt, no divisiveness, no chaos, jealousy, envy, abuse, or lack of provision.

There were clearly defined roles and God provided everything that was needed in a world that was perfect in every way. Think about it. No illness, no pain, no death, no abuse, just complete satisfaction.

The evil we have in the world today all originates from the sin to be like God and in control. The Bible answers the question why bad things happen to good people. When we want to control and be like God, He will never force anything on us, and turns us over to ourselves. He is a just God with consequences for our decisions and is consistent. If we don’t understand His character, the world is difficult to navigate.

People ask, “if He is God, why did He allow sin into the world?” The answer is He wanted a relationship with us. He wanted us to choose to love Him not be forced to love Him like a robot. If you think about it, wouldn’t you prefer a love relationship that isn’t forced? He created us to have choices so we could be in an authentic love relationship with Him.

You may ask, “Why the curse and the consequences of sin?” Because God is just and perfect. He can’t exist in the presence of sin. There must be payment for the sin, so things are reconciled. God in His graciousness had a plan to restore us with the crucifixion of Jesus. Jesus paid for our sins and when we recognize what He did and thank God, we are born again. Our eternal life begins at that moment, and we know all the evil in the world will disappear when we are restored to God in heaven.

Do you really believe in heaven? Do you believe it will be a place like the Garden of Eden with total satisfaction?

If you do, many secular humanist questions become clear. You may say, “but what about the injustice in the fallen world today?” It is here. But there are opportunities to serve God and show mercy and make the world a better place. As humans realistically we cannot recreate the Garden of Eden. But we can work to make the lives of people better today, while obeying God’s principles.

It is a choice. God has a purpose for each person’s life and at the core is trusting Him for guidance.
I believe God is trustworthy. He reveals in the Bible the horrible state of human sin after the fall and a plan of restoration. So, we can debate until the cows come home about a secular humanist belief system and the Bible, but it is not God’s best for how we were created. It is our way of trying to justify things from a secular perspective.

I am always trying to reconcile in my mind a Biblical World View and the Secular World View. The two are different. I think at times I really am an alien, a stranger to this world because what God says is often opposite of what the world says. (Hebrews 11:13)
Relevance is important to me. I love reading an easy to understand version of the Bible like the New King James Life Application Bible. I find it provides me with historical context, detailed explanations, and many other things to gain a deeper understanding of the Bible. To discern the meaning, I try to imagine from God’s perspective, or the way Jesus treated people while He was on earth with the disciples.

How would these questions be answered? God created us in His image. Men and women were perfect before the fall (Genesis 3:1-24) when sin entered to world. (See the explanation https://bible.org/seriespage/4-fall-man-genesis-31-24 )

So, if we think about God’s original plan women were considered perfect, not minorities or less than in any way. Let’s try to look at things from Adam and Eve’s perspective in the Garden of Eden.

Adam and Eve lived in a perfect environment in the Garden of Eden. God had in place perfect order with each person having a perfect role. God created Adam first and gave him instructions for the garden. Then God created Eve from Adam. Together they had an awesome relationship with God. Was Adam or Eve unhappy, feeling guilt, or ashamed before the fall? No. Did Adam abuse Eve or any other living creature in the garden? No. What was the one thing God wanted from them? Obedience out of love and a close relationship.

What were the benefits of this obedience? God provided everything for them in a perfect environment. They did not experience anything bad like pain, loneliness, hunger, disease, anger, bitterness, jealousy, heat, cold, shame, guilt just to name a few things. Also, they were initially created spiritually and physically to live forever. Did they appreciate the blessings God had provided for them? I don’t think so.

Did they realize the consequences of disobedience to God? Definitely not.
Let’s look at Jesus. Jesus was a servant leader to all women and showed them great compassion and respect. The disciples were trained to be shepherds to protect the believers from temptation, corruption, confusion, chaos, and deception.

As we study Paul’s letters, we must dig deeper to understand the context of culture, the development of the church, the history, and practices of the time and how Paul was guided to protect the church. Sin is the reason for many guidelines we have today.

In examining the issue of “women remaining silent in church”, we need to look at the reasons for Paul saying it. In this church there was a lot of idol worship and confusion in the community. Cultural issues caused some of the women to be disrespectful to the church authority and their husbands. See 1 Corinthians 11 . Other women prayed and prophesied in a respectful way. The way they dressed indicated respect for spiritual authority and still head coverings are a sign of respect in Israel when you visit some religious sites.

Today, generally, these customs are no longer required in most mainstream churches.

Some feminists choose to pick and choose scripture to make their points without digging deeper into the given situation. If you were in leadership whether you were a man or woman, would you want the gathering you lead to be organized? This is the reason there are guidelines for elders and leaders who are to shepherd the body in a church. To understand God’s perspective about men and women, we must understand the whole Bible.

The times, the cultural differences, the individual churches, and their stages of development influences a church. Paul understands God’s order clearly and preaches it to be consistent with Him. Some women in the Bible take on a variety of speaking roles as he speaks to different groups.

However, Paul is consistent with the consequences of the fall as mentioned in Genesis. 3:16 “Yet your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you” (verse 16). This is due to disobedience to God in the garden and Eve sinning against God and influencing her husband to sin also. Paul’s reference to being respectful to your husband and authority in the church is consistent with God’s order.
It is a Biblical doctrine, which has its origin in the third chapter of Genesis.

To those men and women who wish to disregard God’s instruction I must say, that is precisely what Satan desires. Just as he drew Eve’s attention to the restriction of the one tree, so he wants women to ponder the restriction placed upon women today. “Throw off your shackles,” he urges, “Find self-fulfillment.” “God is keeping you from what is best,” he whispers. And it is a lie! God’s rules have reasons, whether we understand them or not.

For the men, I hasten to add that this verse (and the biblical teaching on the role of women) is no proof text for male superiority. It is against any kind of dictatorship in marriage. Men are to lead by love. Their leadership is to be at the husband’s personal sacrifice, seeking what is best for their wives. (Ephesians 5:25ff). Biblical leadership is that patterned after our Lord (cf. Philippians 2:1-8).
Other women are mentioned in churches who have been influenced by their culture to make compromises.

They confused the teachings in the New Testament because during that time women were not educated and caused confusion in the church. Just like in any situation with both women and men where education is missing, leadership must deal with the individual situations carefully so there is no chaos or confusion in the church.

By looking at the whole Bible we see evidence of women being esteemed for their roles in society. There are great women in the Bible like Esther (Esther 3-4) who was courageous and saved a whole nation. Deborah (Judges 5) was a judge, prophet, and warrior who took the lead (Judges 4:8-9). She is one of the few people in the Bible who was both a prophet and judge. We can learn from Deborah, who was obedient to God, courageous, and trusted God’s guidance.

Ruth (Book of Ruth) suffered as a widow in a foreign land, but was courageous, never lost faith, and was loyal. She is in the lineage of Jesus. Huldah was a prophetess, who unlike most women at the time could read and interpret scripture (2 Kings 22:14-20) and was trusted by the king. Other women in the Bible were not remembered for their positive traits. Delilah (Judges 13-15) loved money and manipulated Samson to learn the secret of his strength. Jezebel (1 Kings 16:29-43) was another evil woman. She murdered God’s prophets, a neighbor for a vineyard, and brought idol worship to Israel.

In the New Testament, Eudoia and Syntyche, (Philippians 4:2) were valued as evangelists. (Note: The next article goes into more information about the wealthy female leaders in the early church.) To be intellectually honest with ourselves we must weigh all the stories about the women in the Bible, not just the stories that make a point regarding our perspective.

One thing I know about God is that He created each person to be unique and significant. That means all men and all women. As we study God’s character, we learn He is always just. There are always consequences for disobedience because God is not a liar. When sin is present everything gets out of whack. We all see this today.

All around the world at the root of our problems is sin. Whether it is pride, jealously, envy, deception, depression, corruption, abuse, discrimination…I could go on and on. If we believe each person is unique and significant, we can also believe that we are different. One size does not fit all as the secular humanists want us to believe.

Some people are more discerning than others, some groups of people have little education, some people are better leaders, and some are good at stirring up trouble. This is the way life is everywhere. The key is to have discernment and realize each person’s strengths and weaknesses whether they are men or women.

The bottom line is I believe God to be just and the Bible to be true. God values His whole creation…men and women. Think about it, if the fall had not happened and sin was not in the world, we would not be having this discussion.

Margaret Noblin, The Rock Outreach-US 501c3/The Rock kingdom LTD-Uganda NGO. Email me at writertex@gmail.com

Posted in The Law✍🏾

Guest Post: The Promise of Law School and the Face of Reality.

Hey there.

I hope August is treating you well. Make the most of every single minute and second because we just never know what the future holds.

It’s been a while since I wrote something under my ‘Law’ category on the blog and so I decided to host someone on there, to dust of the cobwebs that have developed in that section.

It’s been four years and a few months down the road of law school and finishing (almost), leaves me with a number of answered queries that I decided to have one of the most brilliant lawyers I know, answer them for me. So please do indulge with him as he shrewdly answers them.

Joel is blogger and a commercial lawyer. He is a graduate of Jesus College, University of Oxford where he specialized in corporate finance and international commercial arbitration among others. Outside the law, he is interested in the arts. He dances, writes, draws, performs poetry and attends theatre. 

I must say he is many things in a lawyer but of recent, we refer to him as the dancing lawyer, please feel free to pass by his blog and read all about his experiences here http://joelbasoga.blogspot.com/.

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I am excited about featuring on Daniella’s popular blog.

Pointers;

  1. The average law students dream in first year is to do law in order to change the world and ensure access to justice of all persons, ‘be the voice of the voiceless’, most students say. As a lawyer who’s achieved quite a lot, would you say this dream is valid having had a taste of the Ugandan court system?

That’s a great question which is relevant to all aspiring lawyers and lawyers too.  All dreams are valid.

I wouldn’t say that I have achieved a lot, I am still a work in progress.  While I have hit some ‘landmarks,’ I am not yet where I hope to be. Nevertheless, I am grateful for what I have achieved so far.

There are many faces to the practice of law, and each of these faces has the capacity to help one change the world. Most students seek to change the world, which in itself is ideal. Access to justice is one of the ways to change the world, by helping vulnerable people or those who cannot ordinarily afford or access legal services. I also think that one can change the world in many other ways like practicing corporate finance law.

For instance, private equity transactions directly provide finances for entrepreneurs, in principle providing a livelihood for entrepreneurs and their families. It could also be through teaching where you help students develop professionally or representing victims of domestic violence. It all depends on one’s perspective.

Change is possible. This could be done within the judicial system or outside it. Within the judicial system, we have witnessed landmark judicial decisions that have established momentous precedents; for instance a right to maternal health while others have declared discriminatory provisions of different laws in Uganda unconstitutional. Outside the courts, one could structure finance agreements that could provide education loans to students, or, one may teach law. All these, are ways of arguably changing the world. Thus, it really depends on what one conceptualizes as changing the world.

Although Ugandan Courts have contributed to our jurisprudence, they could do better. There is case backlog in the Judiciary, which sometimes delays and frustrates justice. Certainly, the delay of justice is an injustice itself. However this should not deter students from their aspirations.  The Judiciary is actively solving this, and hopefully case backlog shall become history.

If you have a vision, stick to it. Even though the court system is imperfect, on most occasions it provides solutions, and it is an important tool in the enforcement of rights. Ronald  Dworkin  (1986)  recognizes  that,  “People  often  stand  to  gain  or lose  more  by  one  judge’s  node  than  they  could  by  a  general  act  of  Parliament.”   He comments that, the courts took America  into  a  social revolution more  profound  than  any  other  political  institution  has  or  could  have  begun.

Even in Uganda our courts are crucial to helping achieve justice, as such, those ideas are achievable. However, there are more challenges than meets the eye in law practice: toxic & discriminatory work places, low pay in certain legal markets and case back log, but what then? Should one give up? As Michelle Obama says, “When they go low, we go high.”

All dreams remain valid, and I would urge everyone to pursue their dreams or what they perceive as a meaningful contribution to society. Though, I would caution them to keep an open mind.  There is a lot that one can do (change) with a law degree.

2. The bureaucracy and corruption that mars the Ugandan justice system makes it difficult to be an upright lawyer on these streets. What would your advice be to a principled young person who doesn’t want to be swallowed up by the system?

Our courts are not perfect (and so are others in different countries), but on most instances they get things right.  In my opinion, one should remain true to their principles.  As a Christian, my biblical values urge me not to conform to the standards of this world, therefore, I cannot follow or engage in some acts that would compromise my values. Of course, I recognize that not everyone is a Christian, but whichever belief and value system one has (if at all any), I think that they should respect it, at all times.

Sticking to principles may have practical consequences but it also has its rewards. It may restrict the cases one takes on, or even the speed at which one’s case may be tried. It undoubtedly makes practice difficult, and on a short term basis, it may appear less commercially lucrative. But ultimately, clients and people generally want to deal with persons of integrity, which makes principles important.

I recently read that the United States Government imposed sanctions on two Ugandan judges and lawyers for perpetuating an adoption scandal that split children from their natural parents, by throwing them into the custody of some people in the United States of America (https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/aug/18/uganda-to-us-adoption-scam-judges-and-lawyers-sanctioned). In these cases, it was alleged that there were payments and agreements made for the expedition of the adoption application despite the existence of the natural parents of the children.  This should illustrate, the importance of upholding principles and values.

Integrity eventually trumps everything.

  1. What do you wish you’d been told as a budding lawyer, that you’d like those reading this to know?

First, and at the risk of sounding overly dramatic, I have to say this, keep away from negative people. This is different from criticism. Criticism is positive and helps one to grow professionally. However, negativity can derail growth, especially where the people around you constantly discourage you from taking on certain ventures, or applying for certain opportunities, please, ‘social distance’ from them. Science suggests that our well-being is greatly influenced by the company we keep.  Their negative energy can eventually become your reality. Guard your mind and mental health.  While there is room for criticism, run away from negativity.

Second, get a mentor. Although, I had the privilege of being mentored, from the first day I stepped into undergraduate law school. Some of my colleagues were not fortunate enough to have mentors. I cannot over emphasize the significance of having a mentor(s).  A mentor must be someone who is accessible to you. Some people derive a lot of pride from, ‘name dropping,’ prominent lawyers and judges as their mentors for strategic reasons.

However desirable that may be, the primary concern for mentorship should be that the person is available to advise you on your professional and sometimes personal choices. At the very least they should listen to you, advise on any career transitions (internships, jobs and volunteering opportunities). It is more than just the name of having a “mentor.”

Third, network and foster professional relationships – the margins are always small.  The world is a really small space. Attend several professional events and be kind to everyone that you meet. You have nothing to lose by being kind but stand to gain a lot. I remember, while in London, United Kingdom, I got a call from a friend, who I had met at a young leadership training organized by Freidrich Ebert Stifftung. We worked together and developed a good friendship. When we spoke, he asked if he could introduce me to someone, who now, is one of my mentors and business partners. If I had been unkind, he would not have extended his gratitude to me. Just as, if I had not applied for the leadership programme, I would not have met him.

I got my first job the weekend after I completed my last bar exam. This was at a leading newspaper publication company in Uganda. I secured this opportunity because I had met the editor in chief of that company at a certain forum. So, when I finished my last exam, I wrote an email to her telling her about my availability. Just like that, she asked me to start work the following Monday. Had I not ‘networked,’ I would not have gotten that opportunity. 

It was through working at that newspaper company, that I met a photographer who was then studying law that advised me( although unsolicited)  about joining a certain commercial law firm. I took his advice and two weeks later, I joined one of the fairly large commercial law firms in Kampala.  The margins are always small. Be kind to people, network and foster professional relationships.

Lastly, be open minded and give yourself room to learn.  There is a feeling of invincibility when one completes their law degree and passes the bar exams. This sometimes translates into some false perception of power, forgetting that law qualifications are just the beginning.  The practice of law (and arguably anything in life) is constant learning. If one has been asked to rewrite a legal opinion, other than question the decision, one should seek to understand why they have been required to do so. Learning is cumulative, sometimes it is a combination of successes and failures. We should not create such unrealistic expectations that we know it all, because, quite simply, we do not! No single human does, unless unknown to me, we have taken on a new form as celestial beings.

Connect with me at:

Twitter: @JoelBasoga

Email: basogajoel@gmail.com

My blog: http://joelbasoga.blogspot.com/

Posted in Of new beginnings.

August: Of trusting the process.

Hey there.

It’s a new month! I know I’m not one to blog every new month but August came with its new-fangled exhilarations for me. My mantra for this month is ‘Trust the process’.

August marks the beginning of the last quarter of the year. I’m sure you can all relate with the uncertainties and changes that this year has come with. This last quarter is the time to switch up the momentum and make the most of the last few months to the end of the year.

At the end of last year, 31st December 2019 to be exact, I was so fidgety but I couldn’t put a finger to it. I know the anticipation that comes with every new year but its never that different for me. Last year though, was unlike any other. I got the gut feeling that I had to make big steps and decisions that wouldn’t exactly be in my comfort zone but that I’d have to do regardless.

Since 2013, my prayer to God has constantly been to give me the gift of discernment. Especially of situations and character and I should’ve have known that on the 31st of December last year, that feeling of edginess was a sign of God preparing me for what was coming. I did pray about it and the first two quarters of the year have shown me a picture of what God was trying to prepare me for.

I know that first part sounds like rocket science but that’s the same feeling I had yesterday knowing it was the bridge to the beginning of the last quarter. Only this time, it was a positive feeling. I actually woke up at 3:00 am this morning and watched the sun rise at about 6:30 to 7:00am.

This last quarter of the year will determine how you will end the year and move into the next step.
I’m particularly enthusiastic about this month because I still have that gut feeling that so much is going to happen in each of our lives only if we let God take the wheel. The exhilaration I felt wasn’t just for me, but for you too.

It’s hard to fathom but I’m here to let you know that you need to trust the process. Trust that God has you and your best interests under control and you need to let Him take charge of this last quarter. Don’t let the year end without you fulfilling the purpose for which you were set to fulfill in this year.

So, cheers to a new month, novel beginnings and to trusting the process, yes?

Have an incredible last quarter of this year and I can’t wait to have an evaluation in December of how the past four months have been.

Cheers.

Posted in Random thoughts.

The quality of your conversations and milieu.

Hello there.

I hope you’re coping well in the ‘new normal’. I’m thrilled to see what God has in store for each of us at the end of this myriad of deaths and qualms.

Here’s a short excerpt from a book by Calvin C. Ratz (1972) that impelled me to write this blog.

A beggar who lives in the slums of a large city, who wears dirty clothes and eats in unsanitary conditions is hardly aware of his filth. He becomes accustomed to the dirt because he knows nothing else. He becomes like those he associates with, since they’re all dirty, he doesn’t see his own dirt.

He knows no other standard. But put that man dressed in his dirty clothes at the dining table of the president of the country. In that situation, he will see the expensive things about him, he will notice the clean clothes of those who sit with him and he will notice the tasty food that is served to him.

While the beggar is alone in his environment, he doesn’t see his dirt. But when placed beside that which is clean, he sees the contrast and becomes aware of his condition.

Now, this can be construed in so many contexts but I’d like to relate it to the context of the people we surround ourselves with and the conversations we have. So many times, we come off as the beggar. Complacent with where we are because we’re amidst people who we are so much alike and don’t think about becoming better and greater people. We might actually be in a better position than them and so we settle and get comfortable.

The test of our personality, dreams, character and content, is being put in a room full of accomplished and influential people. Only then will we see how inadequate we are and how much more work needs to be inputted. The dialogs we engage in on average, have a contributory role on the individuals we ultimately become or are and the dreams we strive for.

Have you ever had a conversation with someone, for as short as fifteen minutes, but in those minutes and seconds, you have a whole paradigm shift on key areas and aspects of your lifestyle and general outlook of the world?

I’m currently reading a book by Professor Carol Dweck with my book club entitled Mindset: How you can fulfil your potential and the two most dominant mindsets according to research are the fixed and growth mindset. (I’d recommend to download her book or watch her TEDx to get more insight on the two).

Briefly however, people with the fixed mindset are contented with living in their previous accomplishments because of fear of having their intellect dared by new trials. On the other hand, people with the growth mindset use their failures as footstools to venture into new fields and more thought-provoking tasks.

This book has given me such a remarkable viewpoint on how mindset has so much control over how one can accomplish the tasks set before them, succeed in their career and have meaningful relationships. I’ll definitely review it on here when we’re done but it’s an amazing read.

I’d like to challenge each of you today to take a few minutes and think about what you’re feeding your mind on, the conversation you’re having and what things are consuming your time. These are the things that are shaping your train of thought and plausible future.

Choose today, to have discussions that challenge you. Don’t be like the beggar and wait to be sited on the presidents table before you realize your deficits. Work on them now and challenge yourself every day to get out of your comfort zone and continue building yourself. God being your helper of course. (1 Corinthians 1:31).

Let me know how this small task goes.

Thank you for passing by.
Cheers.

Posted in Awards.

Appreciation post.

Hey hey hey my blogtheren and readerthren (if those terms exist haha). I hope you’ve all been amazing!!

Seen a number of you writing and reading you has been a bomb this week.

Anyways, to cut to the chase, I’m here to thank you so much for your amazing support for my personal finance essay and just sparing your precious time to pass by and vote.

Sooo,*drumrolls* we won👏🏾👏🏾 we won as the best article written and it will be published in the first issue of the Ignite magazine by Wanafunzi Investments, a Kenyan corporation geared towards boosting the financial culture of the youth.

Thank you once again and congratulations to you too. It’s our win. ♥️

I hope you have an amazing weekend.

Cheers.

Posted in Devotion series.

A life of Thanksgiving.

Hey there!

It’s been a minute, yes?

I’ve missed scribbling words on here but I’m glad I got some time to do so today.

I was invited *not literally, but virtually* to share with my church fellowship about a life of thanksgiving and I’d like to point out, on here what God placed on my heart.

Being the lawyer that I am and having had the ‘incomplete’ four years of law school, I’d have to start with a definition and authority for the statement. *winks*.

The Merriam Webster dictionary defines thanksgiving as an expression of gratitude or a celebration in acknowledgement of divine favor.

Well, I must say that many things came to my mind when I was given the topic but after much prayer and seeking God’s ultimate guidance, two things stood out for me. For one to fully say they are living or have lived a life of thanksgiving then these two aspects stand out;

The condition of your heart.

Faith.

The protagonist for the first aspect of thanksgiving (the condition of your heart) will be the widow in 2 Kings 4:1-7 with whom, Elisha had an encounter. I chose to use this portion and this widow because she had every right to feel entitled to Elisha’s or God’s help with the debts, seeing as her husband had been in the faithful service of the Lord for a while until he died, but she didn’t. instead she obeyed and God blessed her over and above what she had expected.

Its so easy to feel entitled to things and this usually blurs our gratitude because we never have enough and accordingly, see no reason to be thankful. From the widow, its clear that God blesses us just as much as we let Him. (2 Kings 4: 6) the widow’s olive oil stopped flowing when the last jar was filled. If she had limited the number of jars she’s filled, then her blessing would have been less.

Paul also reminds us in Philippians 2:14-15 that we should do everything without complaining or arguing so that we may be innocent and pure as Gods perfect children who live in a world full of sinners from whom we must shine like stars! A discontent and grumbling heart can never be grateful. That’s why there are quarrels and divisions amongst us, because we don’t have what we desire and so, we envy, covet, kill and hate because of the insatiable material needs. (James 4:1-2)

So, what then must we do to be content? To fully live a life of thanksgiving?

Have faith.

The second aspect I’d like to talk about is faith. Hebrews 11:1 defines this clearly by saying that it is being sure of things we hope for and certain of things we can’t see.

That’s hard right? How can you be so sure of things you can’t see? The world we live in is evidence and facts based and so telling someone to believe in something they can’t see might be as hard as putting a camel through the eye of the needle.

My protagonist for this section is Ruth. Ruth’s faith was revealed in Ruth 1: 16-17 when she chose to leave her past and move on with Naomi; make Naomi’s people her people and to make her God hers too. Even where Naomi tried to push her away and after Orpah left, Ruth stayed and guess what?

She never lacked, became a great grandmother to David; Israel’s greatest King and was in the lineage of Christ. Imagine what would have happened if she had walked away like Orpah, we would have never read about her faith and courage.

Therefore, thanksgiving is a lifestyle. Not only when God is being faithful or providing for you everyday but also when there’s uncertainty about the next step in your life, or next meal.

A few things to remember before I leave;

Matthew 6: 33; seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.

Psalms 37:4; Delight yourself in the Lord and He shall grant you the desires of your heart.

In summary, an entitled and disgruntled heart will never be thankful because it never has enough but a hopeful and pure heart will be thankful for whatever little because of its faith.

I hope we will all task ourselves to choose to be grateful and count our blessings more than our losses.

On that note!! *drum rolls*

I finally got my creative juices to make myself a gratitude jar. I’m super-duper excited to have one. It can help keep track of what your grateful for everyday and remind you in the days you are not so upbeat, of how far God has brought you.

I hope you have an amazing rest of the week and I’d definitely want to know what you’re thankful for today.

Cheers.

Posted in GUEST POST SERIES: PERSPECTIVE AND FEMINISM.

Feminism and Relationship; To submit or not to submit?

Hiya!

We’re back with the guest post series. You can catch up with the genesis of the whole series by following this link Here. Over to Margaret now, the guest on the blog.

Greetings from Texas! Again, I want to thank you for opening your minds and hearing my perspective on this subject of feminism.  A young man sent the following question and before I continue to answer the questions from the women, I thought I should answer this one. In answering this question, we still need to return to the starting point of what we each believe. For the women it gives some insight into how men are trying to navigate things in the world today as believers. In this case he is asking some practical things that are important to consider.

Where does a woman draws the line between being independent with a voice to be heard and submitting to her husband’s will? How does she know when she is rightfully on one side and when she is exploiting/being exploited the other?

In my opinion to answer the question, it isn’t either option. Both men and women are entitled to their opinion. Neither person should ever try to exploit the other. Exploitation is not part of God’s plan for marriage. It is counterproductive to the oneness God wants in marriage as a foundation for society. If husbands want to be respected and wives want to be loved, they will develop the skill of listening. They will also ask questions and verify what each other is saying before responding. If you don’t have all the information and make a snap response it may reveal a lack of trust.

Also, it can damage a person’s perceived discernment.  Communication both ways is important, so you find unity in all your decisions.  This requires commitment, research and digging deeper to know why there is a difference in perspective.  When there is mutual accountability and submission to God’s Word, things that dishonor God are minimized. Sometimes one or the other of you are incorrect, disagrees with the timing, or has additional information. When sin of theft, deception or infidelity are involved it is obviously something that dishonors God.

To minimize conflicts, couples need to be open with each other…no secrets! If two people are believers in Jesus, they discuss their beliefs and starting points while they are courting so they determine whether they or like- minded or as the Bible says, “equally yoked.” The main thing is that you agree on the big things in life like the following:

  • Do you both believe Jesus to be who He says He is as Lord?
  • Do you both believe that the Bible is true and understand who God is and his perspective?
  • Do you both believe in eternal life and God’s plan of restoration?
  • Do you both believe He created everything and is in control of everything?
  • Do you both understand faith in God and trusting God’s results even when it may not be what you thought you wanted?
  • Do you both believe in honoring God in all your decisions?
  • Do you understand what it means to be a child of God, created in His image?
  • Do you understand God’s character and are you able to measure your decisions based on what He would want you to do?

Next there are the practical things that need to be thought about such as:

  • Where do you want to live? In the city or village?
  • How many children do you want to have?
  • Are your thoughts about family planning in agreement?
  • Will you both work and have careers?
  • How do you feel about sharing household chores?
  • Will you have house help?
  • What are your dreams? Are they compatible and possible even if different?
  • Are your families compatible?
  • What are your expectations of each other? (church to attend, work, finances, chores, school, discipline of children, routines, sex)
  • How will you handle the finances? Joint checking account? Budget created together?

These are just a few things to consider during the process of courting. The purpose of courting is to determine if you are compatible before you make a mistake and marry before you really know each other. This is the first step before marriage so your expectations of what is ahead are clear. There are other things that come up like politics, religion, tribes, race, and language that may need to be discussed so the history each person brings are (is) understood.

Once you really know someone in these areas you realize whether you want to spend your lives together. Life is full of ups and downs and we never know what is ahead but if you lay a firm foundation of mutual love, respect, a genuine commitment, and friendship you can weather the storms together.

When you research each other honestly early on you know how each other will respond to things. As I mentioned in the beginning, knowing your starting point and what you believe, and your expectations eliminates a lot of conflict and confusion.

If you do find yourself disagreeing on things it is important to ask yourself, “what is the reason behind the disagreement?” Is it pride, control or deception?  Sometimes we just want our way. Other times we want to control everything. Often we haven’t verified the information we are hearing from our spouse and draw wrong conclusions. Sometimes you may have legitimate disagreements based on your understanding of Scripture.

When we inquire of the Lord about our decisions and pray together about the issues many times we can come to an agreement. Remember all of the things I am saying are in the context of both the man and woman being believers who want to treat each other in a Christ-like way. This is foundational to starting a great relationship. Both people exhibit the fruits of the spirit towards each other.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 New International Version (NIV)

Unfortunately, there are marriages and relationships that are not researched or based on a Biblical foundation of unconditional love and respect. This is where we see physical and emotional abuse at times and infidelity. Sin and deception are usually the root causes of breakups and pain. God is not in the picture and it is a spiritual issue that is impacted by the condition of the heart.  The only way to change the heart is to seriously consider who Jesus is and why He died for us. It is important to realize we need a savior before we can come out of a deceived condition of the heart. Then freedom from guilt and pain goes away.

To get to the bottom-line answer, it depends on many variables and the causes of the conflicting views. God values each person and has a personal relationship with the man and the woman in the relationship. Both people in the relationship should hold each other accountable to godly standards of behavior so both honor God. Discernment of things by both people comes by understanding God’s character and perspective on things. God reveals these things in the Bible. Without knowing the specifics of a situation, it is hard to answer the question except in a broader way.

Margaret Noblin, The Rock Outreach-US 501c3/The Rock Kingdom LTD-Uganda NGO. Email me at writertex@gmail.com

Posted in Book Reviews 📖

BOOK REVIEW: MANCHESTER HAPPENED, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi.

Hey ya’ll. How are you holding up?

Been recovering from the Afrobloggers Winter challenge. Thank you for reading me and it was such an honor reading you. I feel like I’ve actually made friends. Not just blogger friends but people I can do life with.

Cheers to that.   

So, this should have come sooner but here it is now.

Manchester happened.

The first time I read the title I kept wondering what the plot of the book would be. A friend actually suggested that I read Kintu first to intermingle with Makumbi better but I’m glad I read this as my first interface with her.

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi is a Ugandan novelist and short story writer and has a PhD from Lancaster University. Manchester happened was published in 2019 by one world publications and her short story that features in this book; “Lets tell this story properly” won the Common Wealth Short story prize.

Interesting Bio right? Most say Jennifer does for Ugandan Literature what Chinua Achebe did for Nigerian writing and I don’t doubt this. You shouldn’t too. Here’s why…

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Some of the pointers that one of the characters gives a ‘new arrival’ from Uganda to Manchester.

“Let me tell you about this place; you come, you do your job and you keep your head down. Carry a lot of thank you’ s, I’m sorrys and excuse mes… be careful, you fall out with one of them, you fall out with all of them, they all turn against you… don’t tell people about your degrees; play dumb, dumb protects you. Don’t tell them how rich you are back home; they won’t believe you. When they ask, do you like this country? Say its fantastic! When they ask, do you plan to stay? Say of course not! They ask would you like to become British? Say I’m proud to be Ugandan. Finally, they have this thing of being nasty very politely: learn the skill.”

The book is divided into two parts.

Part 1 is departing and part 2 is about returning.

Each section of the different parts features fascinating stories of innumerable Ugandans and their experiences in Manchester. If you’re a lover of books and are Ugandan, she makes it feel sooo much at home as you flip the pages and find Luganda phrases here and there that crack you up. I kept nodding my head and saying Ugandans are so predictable right? Even in Manchester. Hahah.

She zings this up with the style of writing she adopts. So, in Uganda, there’s this thing called ‘direct translation’. Basically refers to how someone can directly translate something from vernacular to English in a way that totally defies the rules of grammar and literature. Jennifer adopts this exceptional style of writing and its very very relatable. She laments that if Shakespeare wrote prose that Ugandans and other Africans understood even if it was alien to them, then why wouldn’t ‘they’ understand our mode of speaking?

Sweet truth right there.

What particularly cracked me up was a story of a dog that found itself in Manchester. Hahah. Now who would have thought that Makumbi would incorporate a story of a dog that goes through cultural shock in the transition from being a free-spirited dog on the streets of Uganda, to a pet in Manchester?

All the stories fused in this book of diverse experiences of Ugandans in the diaspora and the changeover that has to be made on their return will surely give you insight to expectations, in case you were thinking of traveling. I feel like it’s a 101 guide to departure and return of Ugandans to and fro the diaspora and how to make the whole cultural settlement and transition.

East or West, Home’s always best!

This is surely a must read for the Ugandan loyalists and any one else who’d love to get a feel of what a typical Ugandan family setting and life style is.

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Anci and uncle B are teaching me how to leave the readers curious during book reviews and to desist from giving too many spoilers! So that’s about it.

Let me know what you think once you get round to reading it. You can check out her 2020 publications; A Girl Is A Body of Water and First Woman.

Cheers.

Special SO to my camera guy. Hahah his shadow came through! *winks*