FVP’s Secretary for Press, James Gatdet Dak addressing the media upon his release from prison in 2019/photo: copyright RB does not own the copyright to the image
South Sudan First Vice President’s Secretary for the press turned into preaching the gospel from the Bible.
His followers have been receiving messages of comfort that encourage them to find hope in Christ Jesus.
Quoting in exact precision verses from the gospels of Mathews, Luke and John, James’ faith in God is benefiting his huge social media followers.
Arrested and detained in 2016 by the government, he was later released in 2019 on president Salva Kiir’s pardon.
Since, James has kept a low profile accepting to work as the press secretary for Dr. Machar’s office, a job he maintained for nearly three decades.
In his two days of enthusiastic preaching, James warned about being quick to judge people.
“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way, as you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?” Matthew 7:1-3.
Some political commentators could not put into context the most admired social media influencer meant by refocusing his efforts into preaching.
However, others believed he just wants to comfort IO followers and South Sudanese in general concerning not judging their leaders.
The message of not judging others was previously linked to not worry about anything. This was seen to be a message directed to those who could not get positions within the IO party.
Others see it as just a normal message of hope and comfort, and encouragements to his followers. It reads:
“Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat and drink: or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds in the air: they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” Matthew 6: 25-27.
…”So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:31-34.”
The First Vice President’s Press Secretary is seen by many as a role model who does not pride himself in the worldily luxuries or advancing his materialistic interest.
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