Cardinal John Njue to Kenyan Americans: On Morality, Be Kenyan, Not American
“Bring up your children in the ways of the Lord by saying no to destructive influences perpetuated here”
Those comments last week from Kenya’s Cardinal John Njue, who is urging Kenyans living in America to hold onto the traditional morality of Africa despite living in America’s moral depravity.
Speaking to Kenyan Americans at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish in Bear, Delaware, he told them they find themselves in tough times, since the culture in which they live is at odds with their religious beliefs as well as their traditional African norms.
“Many of you were born and raised under strict religious beliefs and African traditions,” he said. “But certainly you find yourselves living in a society that allows behaviors that run contrary to these beliefs.”
Therefore, he urged, “It is very important that you remain steadfast in your Christian faith.”
“Drawing your strength from the knowledge and wisdom of the biblical teachings,” he instructed, “bring up your children in the ways of the Lord by saying no to destructive influences perpetuated here in the name of personal freedoms and choices.”
Cardinal Njue specifically warned parents to make sure their children don’t end up falling into the Western moral collapse. He was referring especially to maintaining the natural family and its traditional roles for father, mother and children.
“When you are being raised in Africa, the roles and responsibilities of the father, mother and children are clearly defined,” he observed. “It is not the same case here.”
In his talk about the Genesis account of the origin of human sin, Cdl. Njue explained the story of Adam and Eve disobeying God and drawing His wrath in the Garden of Eden. The cardinal noted, “They were clearly told that if you don’t follow God’s warnings, sin will come upon you but because Eve believed in personal choices, she influenced Adam to commit sin.”
Africa has come to have a reputation lately as a bastion of traditional morality, as opposed to the declining Western Catholic countries. The West, especially the United States, has been working to undermine some of the traditional values of Africa in recent years, though. Pope Francis has warned of “ideological colonization” in such regions, in which Western groups try to strongarm struggling nations into accepting sexual deviancy in exchange for economic or military help.
President Obama was in Kenya last month, where he made an effort to change the hearts and minds of Kenyans to favor “gay rights.” His effort, howevere, was shut down by Kenyans.
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