New Vision (Kampala)

25 December 2012

Uganda: Citizens Told to End Moral Decay

The Bishop of Namirembe Diocese Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira has appealed to Christians to analyze their lives if they are to make a meaningful difference in the country.

He appealed to Christians to ask themselves what they have not been able to do to stop the moral decay and the rot in the country.

Bishop Luwalira asked Ugandans to examine their lives and lead a new way filled with Jesus Christ for purpose driven lives 'in dire need of receiving salvation and coming close to God.'

In his sermon in the main service at St. Paul's Cathedral, Luwalira noted that: "It is the small things that we do that build up to the bigger sins, and each Ugandan should take a deeper reflection on his life and change it for the good of the country."

"We are complaining that the big people in government are corrupt but we are also facilitating corruption at a lower level.

There is corruption right from our homes and unless we address that, we will never be able to change to a big picture," said Luwalira.

He said that Christmas is a reflection for the need of Jesus to come and save the world during those days, but the situation is as pathetic even today, over 2000 years after Jesus was born.

"As we celebrate, there is bad news, people are looking and asking themselves whether it is right to celebrate."

"We are having robberies, unexplained murders, increase in road carnage, child abuse and sacrifice and all unbecoming behaviors and the question is, should we embrace the Good News of the birth of Jesus Christ?" he asked before continuing "what happened to the speed governors and seat belts?"

He however gave people hope saying that this can change if each individual in Uganda could reflect on what he has been doing and allow Jesus to take over his life.

"You can go and eat and drink but you need to know the real meaning of life," he said.

"It looks impossible but if you accept Him to take over, everything will be possible," he added before giving the biblical story of virgin Mary, who when told that he was going to give birth to Jesus was scared of a hard task but after knowing that God is able, he just prayed that "Let it be with me as you say."

Quoting 1 Chronicles 12: 32, Luwalira said that it will be a hard time for the Ugandans who know what to do but do not do it before advising them that they should move together with God and not rest until Kampala and Uganda receives the blessing as God's City.

"We have all been trapped and we have to seek for an intervention. The whole country has a problem and we have to move it. It all starts from you and me, If we you can change, then you will be a living examples to others that they can also change," he concluded.

The service was attended by among others the Nabageraka of Buganda Sylvia Nagginda and Princess Katrina Ssangalyambogo, former Premier Prof. Apolo Nismbambi and his wife Esther; fisheries state minister Ruth Nankabirwa and other dignitaries from Parliament, Central and Buganda governments.

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