Response to Iris Kaingu

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Artist Caleb Chisha working on Iris Kaingu's body art
Artist Caleb Chisha working on Iris Kaingu’s body art

Iris’ Actions Are Pernicious to Society

Iris Kaingu’s latest stunt to publicly bare her whole body save for the covering of paint does not come as a surprise. This act just like her previous tradition defying escapades reflects the extent to which society has degenerated. While I cannot say that she is the most immoral person alive, I will fail in my Christian duty if I turned my eyes elsewhere pretending that all was well or by saying that it is none of my business. When she called for a press briefing on Sunday, 10th September, I was convinced that she was going to repent of her immoral actions. To the surprise of many, she was justifying her actions and essentially, ended up lecturing journalists on why they should report positively about her.

Will it be right therefore to agree with Iris, even for a second, that women empowerment or liberation means that they can do as they please even at the expense of society norms? Or is it true as she alleges that our forefathers used to walk about stark naked and no one cared? No, I do not agree with any of these assertions. Let me focus on the last one.

Before Adam and Eve sinned, not putting on clothes was not a problem. But that state of innocence ended when they disobeyed their maker for we read,
7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. “Gen 3:7
Consequently, all of us as their descendants are born with that sense of shame and it becomes clear as soon as we know right from wrong. Curiously, you will never see this kind of behavior in the animal kingdom. Why? Because they never sinned. Interestingly, even an attempt by our forefathers to clothe themselves was a failure because the leaves were not sustainable. It had to take God to clothe them with animal skin. In effect, God was affirming the necessity of humans to wear clothes in public and any such departure is an affront to Him. In other words, wearing clothes to cover shame defines humanity. There is therefore no society, no matter how backward were people walk around naked and are unaffected. Granted, the level of covering may differ. The bushmen will for instance wear something just to cover their sexual organs but their society is ok with that.

When human beings begin to claim that there is nothing wrong in posing naked in public, it is an indication that mentally, there something wrong and that urgent help is needed. A story is told in Luke 8 about Jesus’ encounter with a demon possessed man:

26 They sailed to the region of the Gerasenes,[a] which is across the lake from Galilee. 27 When Jesus stepped ashore, he was met by a demon-possessed man from the town. For a long time this man had not worn clothes or lived in a house, but had lived in the tombs.

After the demons are removed, this is what we are told in Mark 5 “15 When they (the villagers) came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid.

It is beyond debate that all of us must remove our clothes at one time or the other. But this is only done in the privacy of our homes or any places designated for such activities. But when one chooses to bring images that are only for consumption of themselves or those that are licensed to do so, then a redline has been crossed and consequences follow.

Iris is guilty of corrupting morals by causing her images to be publicly viewed. The Lord Jesus does not spare words when he talks about those that corrupt the morals of the public(more appropriately his children): Mark 9:42
“If anyone causes one of these little ones–those who believe in me–to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were thrown into the sea.

It cannot be argued that the publication of the pictures has led some men to sin in their hearts and otherwise. But this exposure is also an affront to the women folk who have been indirectly undressed and publicly shamed by Iris’ actions. I am made to wonder whether it has occurred to Iris that these pictures are being looked at even by people that are very close to her including her parents and siblings! It is very clear from her actions that Iris is a single woman. But which parent will be willing to allow their son to marry one who has undressed in public? God forbid that she should even have a child who would sooner rather than later be accessing the images of their mother on internet.

It may not occur to Iris that her actions are in plain view of her maker before whom she will have to give an account. That she was not suddenly struck by lightning, doesn’t mean that God is unaware or has over looked her actions. The warning is also for her accomplices (those men that worked to paint her body). They couldn’t have publicly undressed themselves but they are just as guilty as she is. When Adam was persuaded to eat of the forbidden fruit, he was found guilty of the offence even though the serpent only deceived Eve.

But is there hope for Iris to reform and become accepted before her maker? While many may condemn her, and find her inimical to society the answer is an emphatic yes.
In Isaiah 1:18 the picture is given of God’s willingness to forgive those that sin against him, no matter how vile. We read:
“Come now, let us settle the matter,”
says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
they shall be like wool.

Elsewhere, in He is literally, pleading with the wayward Israelites:
Say to them: ‘As I live,’ says the Lord God, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel?’

There is therefore hope for Iris to turn. She needs to humble herself and denounce all the justifications of an otherwise publicly immoral life and to turn in repentance to her maker or else as the apostle says about those that refuse to repent:

“but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.” Heb.10:27

By Kambilo Musopelo

53 COMMENTS

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      She is NOT in my class

      I didnt sell my expensive body for stardom.

      I am who I am because I earned it. I am it!

      I have a PhD

      Thanks

      BB2014,2016

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      Iris needs attention. All her escapades after the sex video are meant to attract attention to herself. Agony is she is abusing her own body. In other words she is a danger to herself and to others like the artist. There is nothing attractive in immortality. Others pose for a nude photo or art after signing a huge compensation package. Doing it for free is just desperate. She does not know that she is infamous. When she sees too many critics she mistakes it for fame.

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      Thinking Iris or maybe her father or mother can learn from this article.. what the writer has done was supposed to be done by her Parents directly to her, but one can wonder what really happens in the home where she is coming from.

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      Iwe not all of us are Christians, stop imposing your bible on us. As a nudist myself I laud Iris for taking this bold step. She has just proved to us how proud she is in her own skin. She is the modern African woman who is not afraid to go against the norms. Chances are that you have kids or close relatives who became teenage mothers because you shied away from teaching them about their sexuality and femininity in the name of being a christian. Iris has just embraced her femininity and is not afraid to bare it all.

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      Bla bla bla, let the girl live, she has made a fortune out of her life……..this is global culture that is happening in nearly all the countries connected to global media. So shut up and live a life. You are Christian today because your fore fathers were forced into it. If your fore fathers were somewhere in East Africa or West Africa, you would be a muslim today and you would be speaking differently on this article!!

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      In Greek mythology, Iris (/?a?r?s/; Greek: ????)[1] is the personification of the rainbow and messenger of the gods. According .
      Biography
      Morpheus and Iris by Pierre-Narcisse Guérin (1811) According to Hesiod’s Theogony, Iris is the daughter of Thaumas and the Oceanid Electra, and the sister of the Harpies: Aello and Ocypete. During the Titanomachy, Iris was the messenger of the Olympian Gods, while her twin sister Arke betrayed the Olympians and became the messenger of the Titans.
      Iris is married to Zephyrus, who is the god of the west wind. Their son is Pothos (Nonnus, Dionysiaca). According to the Dionysiaca of Nonnos, Iris’ brother is Hydaspes (book XXVI, lines 355-365).
      She is also known as one of the goddesses of the sea and the sky. Iris links the gods to humanity. She…

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      …….She is also known as one of the goddesses of the sea and the sky. Iris links the gods to humanity. She travels with the speed of wind from one end of the world to the other,[2] and into the depths of the sea and the underworld.

      IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO KNOW AND UNDERSTAND THE ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD AND OR NAME TO AS TO FIRMLY UNDERSTAND WHAT ONE IS BEING FACED WITH. THIS NAME HAS AFFECTED THIS GIRL SPIRITUALLY AS A NAME DEFINES WHO YOU ARE… RESEARCH FOR THE MEANING OF KAINGU ALSO……

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      Ever since Iris released her sex tape there has been a shift in spiritually with regards to moral standards in the Zambian Society especially where SEX is concerned and what She is doing now are the major puzzle blocks to release the domino effects. She is simply leading the way, the next step is for her to lobby for a voice publicly and plunge into politics just like Donald Trump and Melenija Knavs have done. As believers if we do not understand the times then one will be lost! Yahushua (Jesus) saw these days and prophesied that if they were not shortened even the Elect will be deceived. The Brain-washing tool is Education as it puffs or gives pride to oneself. Be awake! Ephesians 5:15 – 21.

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      Its only because she a WOMAN naked. Only man who can do that is Kaiser.
      If it was Edify Hamukale painting his erection he could have been in jail.

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      Stop being backwards you fake author and bigot! Did Iris borrow your body to be painted. She is a beautiful woman with a great body, so what if she is showing off, why are you jealous? You can never have a woman like her!
      Who gave you the right to cast the first stone, you are the number one sinner who is judgmental! Fuseke! Get a job!

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      Iris is one of the hottest girls in zed in terms of body and appearance.

      That is as far as it goes!!!

      Many of you men putting her down would not hesitate to taste her. Some would even leave their wives.

      If she is happy with what she is doing, let her be. At least she is not pretending to be someone that she is not. And I am sure she does not sleep around, like the majority of Zambian women that will sleep with anything as long as that thing has cash.

      Leave the girl alone. Your wife or girl friend is a lot worse, they just do their stuff in private. They are that good at hiding stuff, you will never find out in this life. And all those children you think are yous… might not even be yours….so do not be too quick to judge or dismiss Iris.

      I do not have a PhD (Pull her…

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      Mushota and her PhD! Who brags so much about a PhD? You came out of a poverty-stricken background it seems like.

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      All of you including myself, let Iris be. Now I believe she has dine absolutely nothing wrong. Iris has no standing in society so she is just a girl with her own attitude.

      After seeing the entire Dorothy Chingaipe fingering herself with one hand and the other of course hold her phone to film! hey in her capacity. And its okay who is Iris. senario wise even an angel as a spoilt little child.

      Before am sure there will be no comment from police about this.

      Goodness me

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      too many typos in that. am having a drink watching the entire head of Gender and whatever.

      Shes had two C sections from the look of the stomach. lol

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    That’s the problem with substituting your independent thinking capacity with religion. I respect a persons choice of religion, but not for one to use it to define wrongs in others. What if Iris tells you that she is not a Christian, how are you going to convince her that she is wrong? Technically speaking, she was not naked but wearing a coat of paint.

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      What do you mean …”technically she was not naked…”? She was naked when the artist was putting that coat of paint on her. So she exposed her full nakedness to the artist and half of it to the public.

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      ba Analyser mwi imweneshamo, artists are just like medical professionals, they do not see nude, but work. In art classes this is called real life painting!! Painting something in its natural being!!

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      @Tokotoko tateka mushi, ignorance is worse than a bullet or nuclear bomb!!!!!! Education can information or misinformation(intentional or unintentional).

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      How about indecent exposure which has nothing to do with the Bible since you are so averse to Biblical principles? 🙁

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    Holier-than-Thou nonsense. Why are you so obsessed by a girl you have probably never even met. Is it your body that she is flaunting! Just shut up and go to your boring wife. Why is it that you Zambians get concerned about other people and how they live their lives when yourself live in misery. If you are so moral why are there so many pedophiles sexually abusing children, every day I read about a husband or wife killing his/her partner due to infidelity. Let us concentrate on development and things that take us forward. I can’t believe that an adult can spend the whole night thinking about how to write an article on Iris Kaingu! Find something else useful to do. That is why Zambia is not developed. Go preach your morality nonsense to monkeys.

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      believe me! development and good morals are inseparable. like the marriages you are talking about are coming from bad morals thus why they are killing each other leaving children behind, the spread of HIV is about morals.. I don’t know how you define development?

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      @ Governer
      That is a fallacy mdala. Not necessarily. Otherwise USA and Netherlands would have been the least developed nations in the world. What I’m really against is moralizing and being judgmental about other people’s lives. No one has the right to judge another person except God. I also object to the generalization that we all get turned on as easily as yourself at the sight of a woman’s beautiful body.

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    Thinking Iris or maybe her father or mother can learn from this article.. what the writer has done was supposed to be done by her Parents directly to her, but one can wonder what really happens in the home where she is coming from.

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    That is a fallacy mdala. Not necessarily. Otherwise USA and Netherlands would have been the least developed nations in the world. What I’m really against is moralizing and being judgmental about other people’s lives. No one has the right to judge another person except God. I also object to the generalization that we all get turned on as easily as yourself at the sight of a woman’s beautiful body.

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      I presume you will have no trouble with your daughter being laid nude and some artist enjoy passing the brush at the center! And in public for that matter

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      @ BBC

      How does my daughter come in here? You Zambians are poor at argument, no wonder Zambia can’t seem to get anywhere intellectually and developmentally. My point is that there is no correlation between development and good morals. If you didn’t get my point, I hope now you do. I don’t worry about Iris because she is an adult and she is fully aware of what she is doing and she has that right to do what she is doing. I have more important things to do than preach morality to to chaps who are sinning deliberately. But never ever judge a fellow being just because you disagree with what they are doing. People eat vinkubala, monkeys, hopani, inswa, bull frogs, snakes, etc etc but still respect each other. Leave Iris alone.

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    Ati “Iris is guilty of corrupting morals by causing her images to be publicly viewed.” Mr Musopelo, this tells me that you have been busy lusting after her body since her pictures were published, and then you assume everybody is as weak morally as you. Surely can you go as far as arguing that Iris alone has the ability to corrupt the morals of the Zambian society as whole?! Never assume that we all get turned on as easily as yourself at the sight of a woman’s beautiful body. You are busy quoting the bible but I doubt you could have lasted even one day in the Garden of Eden.

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      “Mr Musopelo, this tells me that you have been busy lusting after her body since her pictures were published, and then you assume everybody is as weak morally as you.”

      Judge Masipa are you ok? Respect for everyone please, even for the author. If you don’t believe what he has written then that’s no problem, we all have different opinions. Maybe you can’t make sense of the spiritual part, that’s not a problem, many of us can. Be smart, bro, just agree or disagree but there’s no need for personal attack.

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    Imwe uyu mwana Iris mulwele, please help her. Out of so many things one can do in this world, you just choose to paint yourself nude sure and you still justify the madness

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    Ba Judge Musipha naimwe don’t support ifya bupuba. From your English I can tell you are an adult but I wonder what kind of progeny you will plant on this earth; the Iris type?

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      @ Fault Finder

      My point is simple. Just because you don’t agree with what she is doing does not make her immoral. By the way body-pointing is a well-known art form the world over and is practiced by many cultures across the world. New York even holds a body painting festival, there is a world body-painting festival. The makishi of North-Western province is a tradition that mixes body-painting and costume. Body painting is a temporary form that compares with the more permanent body tattooing. Just go to google to shame yourselves. You see? Just because Iris is more sophisticated than the most of you doesn’t make her immoral. Immorality is in your dirty minds, it is your minds that need redemption, NOT Iris.

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      It doesn’t matter where it is practiced and by who, once it is immoral it is immoral. Iris is immoral, period.

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    After the demons are removed, this is what we are told in Mark 5 “15 When they (the villagers) came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid.

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    I think iris is fighting her stigma, but I also think she has a unique nature.
    I would understand her so well, let her rock.
    I think the stigma she went through was very bad when there was a man in the same act. in court, she refused to betray the man by not mentioning his name.
    Let men see that, the pain she went through, she defiantly chose that not her boyfriend should also suffer the same way.
    I have resect for her in the area

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    From the biblical aspect and as a Christian, Iris needs total deliverance.it is not herself but the devil in her. This same devil in her is telling her that all is well and she can even give you a lot of answers thinking all was well.

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    The writer of this article is very clear: Iris God wants you to repent. He loves you as He loves every one on earth. Satan is just cheating you. Come back to God. John 10:10

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    BLAH BLAH BLAH,LET IRIS BE SHE HAS CHOSEN HER PATH LIKE EVERYONE DOES……TALK ABOUT THE NEW VIDEO OF A SENIOR COP TOUCCHING HERSELF IN THE SHOWER…..

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    Bushe uyu mukashana, balimupenta napa ntwanikane. Since she was naked during the painting time, did the guy paint even the ntwanikane?

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    ukwangala tabapatikisha – By making sure that you paint and mend her ntwanikane with paint so that she will have no akapunda (hole).

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    Musiyeni, nanga ni bititi yanu? Freedom! You would rather strip women naked in the steets on pretence of being alangize when deep down you’re perverts. Ala, leave her alone.

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    We are a Christian nation as we declared ourselves, so frankly Iris’ behaviour is meant to provoke and for infamy. How can she be shocked? It’s like holding a Red Rug to a Bull! Gorge!

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      Anyway, the Bible instructs us to keep our nakedness to ourselves or with those who are righteous to it…like your legitimated spouse.

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    Artistically she has done no wrong
    As to her state of mind if that is the sin, then the author is judging her using a variable bais.
    Iris finds her peace through exposure and therefore wherever one finds peace cannot be a subjected to judgment by others whose place of peace we don’t know.
    The only people who can judge her are people in her realm and her God.

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    Before you judge her using the bible, consider that 4 “immoral” women… Tamar, Rahab, Ruth and Uriahs wife appear in the geneology of Jesus Chirst in Matthew 1.. perharps God desires women such as Iris just the way she is.

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    People need to learn not to judge others based on their beliefs, religion has brought more harm than good on African people especially. If you are a Christian, follow what Jesus did by not condemning Mary Magdalene. So who are you point a finger on Iris.
    Let everyone follow their own bliss.

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