The Observer (Kampala)

Uganda: Miracle - Uganda Can Only Be Helped By God

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The current happenings in our nation are probably what we needed for the church to wake up and start praying for our motherland. When you wake up each new day to headlines of this donor country cutting aid over corruption and another withdrawing its helping hand because we refuse to accept homosexuality, it becomes impossible to ignore what is happening.

Like the Bible says in Ephesians 6, we wrestle not against flesh and blood. What is at play here are deeper spiritual forces bent on pulling this country in a totally different direction from what God has predestined for Uganda. And it is up to us to pray the country back on track.

There have been years of selfishness; Christians preferring to pray for and help just their inner circle - family and church. But here is a problem that, if not arrested properly, threatens to even rock the very comfortable foundations we thought our families and churches sat on. No amount of legislation and incarcerations will stem some of these problems; it will take God.

I have been delighted to hear programmes such as that by pastor Joseph Sserwadda on Impact FM on Sunday mornings, rallying Christians to pray for this country like never before. And the Lord is spreading that message even to churches; the need to pray for the body of Christ as well as the nation in which the body of Christ operates.

Maybe it will not wholesomely benefit our generation which is so soiled in some cases that you wonder how things are ever going to be rectified. But then, there is a generation coming after us, which, if given the information of righteousness and representing Jesus Christ properly, can be the true salt of the earth that the Bible refers to.

The other day in Aristoc Booklex, I saw a children's story book about the grim subject of putting grandparents in care homes in the west, as opposed to exploiting the extended family network to look after the elderly like it is done in Africa.

That is a big problem in the west; younger people do not stay with their parents and grandparents, preferring to entrust them with nursing homes where many die lonely.

I liked the idea of planting a mustard seed in their young ones, starting with bedtime stories about the importance of looking after the elderly in the family. Similarly, in addition to praying for our country's turn-around now, let us also strive to raise a generation of people who will not be like us; corrupt with such impunity.

So much so that the vices have not even spared churches and wo/men of God.

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