It was the English philosopher Francis Bacon who, in one of his essays, penned, “What is truth, asked jesting Pilate, but would not wait for an answer.”
That was one of the questions which the Roman Governor of Judaea, Pontius Pilate, asked Jesus during His trial just before His crucifixion. Jesus then spoke about truth, provoking Pilate’s famous question, “What is truth?”
Jesus, we all know, was quite capable of answering that question. But was Pilate truly interested in an answer? No. He quickly ordered a pan of water and washed his hands, demonstrating—or so he thought—that he had nothing to do with what was to happen to the Lord of Life.
But go read the Apostle’s Creed, which clearly states the historic, inescapable fact: “He (Jesus) suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.”
That is exactly what would happen to Liberians were we to elect a man like the Rev. Kennedy Sandy president of this beleaguered republic—why?
Because the man is not president yet; indeed far from it, yet he feels he can say anything to us, make all kinds of spurious and unsubstantiated promises and, to quote Bacon, “not wait,” in Sandy’s case, for a single question.
In other words, if and when he is elected president—God help us!—the Rev. Mr. Sandy would say and do anything, and feel he owes us no answers, no explanations, no proofs and no substantiation.
That was exactly what the reverend—reverend of what? we may ask—did two Fridays ago. He convened a program and announced his intention, for the second time, to seek the Liberian presidency.
In an address to his partisans and the media, he outlined in insipid (bland, unexciting) fashion many of the country’s problems, which he promised to fix. And as though he felt and knew he was talking to a bunch of fools or foolish captives, he gave not a single explanation of how.
Yes, Sandy probably forgot that he was addressing not simply his gullible partisans, but also the media, whose professional responsibility it is to ASK questions.
Alas, neither the media nor anyone else in the audience was favored with such a privilege from the man who says he wants to be our “redeemer.”
As one who calls himself “Reverend Sandy,” people are quick to ask what kind of theology did he study or learn, that allows him to be called “Reverend?” For as a spokesperson for the Christian ministry, like Peter, Paul and the four Gospel writers, and Jesus Himself, Kennedy should have known that the
world’s Redeemer, Jesus Christ, explained everything about His messianic mission.
And not only that—Jesus also demonstrated, through His many miracles, HOW His disciples and every one of us, His followers, are to use power. Jesus, yes, was asked many questions by the Scribes and Pharisees, who were bitterly against Him, by ordinary people, like the rich young fool, as well as the
prominent, like Nicodemus, who came to Jesus by night. And we all know Jesus’ own disciples asked Him many questions.
We also know that the Master took time to answer each question. He often answered a question by posing to the asker another question, just to make the answer plain and simple for all to understand.
Alas, the Rev. Mr. Sandy totally forgot—or did he ever learn—what Jesus had done in His three-year ministry—going about doing good, and even from age 12, “asking and answering questions.”
What did Rev. Kennedy Sandy expect the media, whom he had invited to his program, to do? Only to listen, then go and regurgitate (vomit) his utterances to the Liberian public and the world? That would have been the height of media irresponsibility—failure to explain what Sandy really meant and, more important, HOW he would do the many things he had promised to do if elected president.
The reverend abandoned the example of Jesus, and only spewed out a cacophony (loudness) of utterances and promises and, like Pilate, “would not wait” for a single question!
No, the media were simply expected to ignore their professional duty to tell the people the true meaning of Sandy’s utterances and, more important, the HOW—how would he fix the nation’s agriculture, education, health, etc.
The media’s only role, according to the Rev. Mr. Sandy, was to spew out to the Liberian public and the world what he had to say. Is this the Pontius Pilate who wants to be our President?