YET again, we are celebrating Christmas, an annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ, which over the years has sadly assumed an adulterated meaning among some people.
Yes, it is refreshing for the Christian faithful to commemorate the day on which the Lord was born.
It is indeed a wonderful day on which prayer, forgiveness, unity and purity should supersede all evil.
However, this should not only be the day that Christians and other people alike should remember the birth of Christ.
Christians at all times must remain faithful to the Lord and develop a sense of prayer and obedience in all undertakings.
In our everyday activities, we must endeavour to live a full Christian life for it is through the Lord that all things are made possible.
Sadly, some 'lost souls' have commingled sinful leisure with the commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ.
This is a disconsolate scenario which many a time has resulted in fatalities as some people engage in wild marry-making.
Years on end, reports of people dying in fatal road traffic accidents, unnecessary fights, excessive beer-drinking, drug abuse and concomitant incidents abound.
Yet, this should be a moment to remember the Lord, who died for our sins on the Calvary.
It should thus be celebrated with due decorum and respect for Lord and God Almighty, without whom life is thrown in tatters. Those who have always stuck to Him have had their lives blessed.
In Zambia, we must embrace unity and forgiveness as we commemorate this important occasion on the Christian calendar.
We must cast aside political and spiritual persuasions as a real and genuine sign of reconciliation.
In fact, President Michael Sata has called on Zambians to bury their political differences and use the festive period as an opportunity for reconciliation.
The Head of State has stressed the need to show love, compassion and care to one another, especially to the needy during Christmas.
Going by his Christmas message to the nation, he has been magnanimous enough to call for reconciliation and service to the nation on the political front.
We hope other political leaders will also purvey reconciliatory messages during this festive period to heal the wounds in the political arena.
Squabbling church organisations must also take this opportunity to reach one another instead of throwing mud all over in pursuit of self aggrandisement.
It is sad that leadership wrangles have taken centre-stage in some churches, resulting in splinter congregations with funny and elaborate names.
Some Christian faithful has departed from the original ideals of spreading the Gospel to self-enrichment at the expense of unsuspecting follows.
As we celebrate Christmas, lost souls and organisations must redeem themselves and return to Jesus. They should seek forgiveness and start afresh.
Zambia and the world at large must reflect the true value of Christmas.
True values of Christmas must be upheld during this festive period and beyond!