26 December 2012

Zambia: Reconciliation Welcome

ZAMBIANS must embrace reconciliation in totality as the country leaps towards 2013 amid a contrasting disposition of hope on one hand and challenges on the other.

Citizens and organisations across spheres must gather enough courage to reach out to adversaries and seek to advance the country forward in a reconciliatory tone.

One point is clear: There is no crisis but undercurrents are strong enough particularly in the political arena.

The Church has not been spared by stinging undertones among leaders and their members alike, leading to splinter groups within the body of Christ. God forbid!

We salute the Church mother bodies that have responded to President Michael Sata's clarion call to all Zambians to cast aside their differences and use the Festive period to reconcile.

The Council Church in Zambia (CCZ) and the Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) have aptly responded and further advised that there must be affirmative action among interest groups.

CCZ General Secretary Suzanne Matale in particular has been categorical in advising political leaders to embrace one another and focus on national development.

Yes, the catchword in most discourse among the clergy, politicians, and economists has been national development.

EFZ executive director Pukuta Mwanza has described the olive branch extended by the Head of State as excellent.

WE thus urge religious organisations to emulate the two Church leaders in responding in the affirmative.

On the political front, National Restoration Party (NAREP) Elias Chipimo has also given thumbs up to the gesture.

We should however urge all stakeholders to take seriously the Christmas message from the President and the resultant reactions from the two Church leaders and the opposition party leader.

It will be sad if some political and other interest groups start tinkering with the important element of reconciliation in consensus building and conflict resolution.

We invite serious-minded politicians, church leaders, and leaders from Non-Governmental Organisations to explore more avenues through which reconciliation can be implemented. No tinkering!

The President was magnanimous enough on Monday. Other politicians must follow suit.

The Holy Bible states in clear terms the importance of forgiveness and reconciliation. Zambians must therefore follow the scriptures religiously and apply the teachings in their daily lives.

We can learn a lot in the scriptures such as: 2 Corinthians 5:18 'All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.'

Let's embrace the teachings in the Bible and endeavour to spread what is contained in this highly resourceful literature.

Further, we can learn more in Romans 5:10 'For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.'

Jesus invited us to forgive one another, a virtue which all Zambians across spheres should explore.

Thus we learn in Matthew 5:22-24 'But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the counsel; and whoever says, 'You fool! 'Will be liable to the hell of fire.

'So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go.

First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.'

We should as Zambians bear in mind that God's gift to all is the only way.

Therefore we are taught in Acts 4:10-12 "... let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead - by him this man is standing before you well.

"This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."

This was Peter speaking to the rulers of the people and the elders at Jerusalem.

As we get to 2013, we must emphasis: reconciliation!

ZAMBIANS must embrace reconciliation in totality as the country leaps towards 2013 amid a contrasting disposition of hope on one hand and challenges on the other.

Citizens and organisations across spheres must gather enough courage to reach out to adversaries and seek to advance the country forward in a reconciliatory tone.

One point is clear: There is no crisis but undercurrents are strong enough particularly in the political arena.

The Church has not been spared by stinging undertones among leaders and their members alike, leading to splinter groups within the body of Christ. God forbid!

We salute the Church mother bodies that have responded to President Michael Sata's clarion call to all Zambians to cast aside their differences and use the Festive period to reconcile.

The Council Church in Zambia (CCZ) and the Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) have aptly responded and further advised that there must be affirmative action among interest groups.

CCZ General Secretary Suzanne Matale in particular has been categorical in advising political leaders to embrace one another and focus on national development.

Yes, the catchword in most discourse among the clergy, politicians, and economists has been national development.

EFZ executive director Pukuta Mwanza has described the olive branch extended by the Head of State as excellent.

WE thus urge religious organisations to emulate the two Church leaders in responding in the affirmative.

On the political front, National Restoration Party (NAREP) Elias Chipimo has also given thumbs up to the gesture.

We should however urge all stakeholders to take seriously the Christmas message from the President and the resultant reactions from the two Church leaders and the opposition party leader.

It will be sad if some political and other interest groups start tinkering with the important element of reconciliation in consensus building and conflict resolution.

We invite serious-minded politicians, church leaders, and leaders from Non-Governmental Organisations to explore more avenues through which reconciliation can be implemented. No tinkering!

The President was magnanimous enough on Monday. Other politicians must follow suit.

The Holy Bible states in clear terms the importance of forgiveness and reconciliation. Zambians must therefore follow the scriptures religiously and apply the teachings in their daily lives.

We can learn a lot in the scriptures such as: 2 Corinthians 5:18 'All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.'

Let's embrace the teachings in the Bible and endeavour to spread what is contained in this highly resourceful literature.

Further, we can learn more in Romans 5:10 'For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.'

Jesus invited us to forgive one another, a virtue which all Zambians across spheres should explore.

Thus we learn in Matthew 5:22-24 'But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the counsel; and whoever says, 'You fool! 'Will be liable to the hell of fire.

'So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go.

First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.'

We should as Zambians bear in mind that God's gift to all is the only way.

Therefore we are taught in Acts 4:10-12 "... let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead - by him this man is standing before you well.

"This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."

This was Peter speaking to the rulers of the people and the elders at Jerusalem.

As we get to 2013, we must emphasis: reconciliation!

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