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The church should wake up from slumber

By James Kihali | January 14th 2016

So church leaders have asked worshippers to vote out the Jubilee government in 2017 if new rules regulating religion are not amended. This does not only make good reading but is amusing as well.

Clergymen are not right to claim that the church has been under attack since the time of referendum on the new Constitution ostensibly for voting on the “No” side. Most of the current Jubilee leaders voted with the church leaders in that referendum.

The Jubilee government has systematically been passing bad laws that negatively affect worshippers but the church has remained mum all along. Many of us have even wondered aloud where the church is, why it is quiet as the country drifts back to the old dark Kanu days. But we have been met with frightening silence until now that those very bad laws targeting preachers have come up. So has the church finally awakened from its slumber or is this a case of self-preservation?

It is not lost to most people that there are concerted efforts by the Jubilee government to restore an imperial president against the wishes of the majority who voted for the new Constitution. This is evidenced by the numerous laws that have been passed to give the President more powers.

Devolved governments are being strangled while media freedom is under attack.

Misuse of public funds by government officials is at its highest and corruption has hit new astronomical levels. These and many more are ills affecting worshippers today but has the church spoken a word?

Pulpits have become political platforms instead of places of worship.

The church should be vigilant and vocal against all ills being visited upon the citizens by the Government, not only when they affect the church. We miss the church of yesteryear which stood on truth and for the rights of the flock. Today’s church is not only badly divided but partisan. Do we blame money, the devil or who?

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