ONLY FORCES OF EVIL WOULD OPPOSE THE NATIONAL OF PRAYER AND FASTING
Lusaka, Zambia, 2nd October 2015 – We wish to advise political players in the Country to remember that while they have the right to freedom of expression, that right must be expressed in reverence of our Creator, God.
It is therefore of grave concern that some leaders in the Opposition have elected to take their politics to matters that concern God. The attacks by UPND leader Mr. Hakainde Hichilema on the national day of prayer on 18th October declared by His Excellency President Edgar Chagwa Lungu should not just be perceived as a question of logical debate but goes to expose the absence of religious principle in his personal life and that of the party he leads.
The words of scripture have reminded us time and again that “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God’” (Psalm 14:1). Sadly, some of the rich in our country seek to play politics with God by blatantly and forcefully scorning and mocking the National Day of Prayer. We wish to advice that them that God is never mocked and the earlier they humble themselves the better for them and their aspirations to lead a nation given to faith.
We wish to remind the nation that other Countries have embraced the National Day of Prayer beyond partisan, religious and any other divides. In the US, on 5th May 1988 President Ronald Reagan observed as follows: “On our National Day of Prayer, then, we join together as people of many faiths to petition God to show us His mercy and His love, to heal our weariness and uphold our hope, that we might live ever mindful of His justice and thankful for His blessing.”
In the same regard, President Lungu called on all Zambians from all political and religious backgrounds to embrace this important Day for the Nation. He did this from the realization that through prayer the nation takes a moment away from the concerns of everyday life to understand the greater power that gives us guidance. This Day is not about President Lungu or PF as a Party, but about Zambia and the future of our Nation.
Lastly, it is a fact that Satanists and all those opposed to God will resist efforts by a nation to rally together in prayer. PF therefore is asking Zambians to discern the resistance as a fight between good and evil, darkness and light. It is unexplainable how anyone would get so offended with a call for prayers.
Zambia has always embraced God from its foundations as the national anthem confirms “ Praise be to God, Praise be, Praise Be, Bless our Great Nation, Zambia, Zambia!” 18th October is the day to recognize our blessings, acknowledge our wrongs, to remember the needy, to seek guidance for our challenging future, and to give thanks for the abundance of his blessings from the founding of our nation. In churches, synagogues, temples, and mosques, Zambians must come together to pray for the nation.
Issued by: Sunday Chilufya Chanda, Vice Chairperson, PF Media and Publicity Committee