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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Reflections on National Day of Prayer by Fred M’Membe

Columns Reflections on National Day of Prayer by Fred M'Membe

By Fred M’membe

True religions and religious are now very rare to come by. or (Increasingly, true religion is becoming difficult to identify)

Religious hypocrisy and fanaticism have become the order of the day in Zambia.

These trends negate the cores of religion. What we see today is the growing fake religious practices, bitter religious superiority contestation, chaos, intolerance and tension.

The current motives of religions and the religious are now rather human, unethical, biased and materialistic. Thus, the emerging endemic religious issues are fuelled by narrow politics and capitalism confronting nations like Zambia.

A nation free from religious hypocrisy and fanaticism is bound to be truly religious and tap hugely from the rich prospects of religion, rather than the current otherwise obtained in Zambia and the like nations.

The ugly developmental calls for wide aggressive religious re-orientation and reformation are rather misplaced and misguided.

What best accounts for this course is religious hypocrisy and fanaticism. The situation presents contradictions to the thrust of religion – morality, faith, pragmatism and ethics.

Religion thus appears to have digressed from their classical precepts, thrust, vision, mission and goals. Also, it thus seems to be an irony or a dilemma of a societal institution tied to faith, clothed with pretence and the reverse of what they preach.

Zambia, a religious nation, is rather plagued with religious woes, even worse than those of the biblical Egyptian plagues on being recalcitrant to Israelites’ freedom demand and order, perhaps her people – Zambians – are guilty of worse heinous sins and sacrileges, not just against God Almighty but humanity too, than the then Egyptians’ and Sodom/Gomorra’s. The paradox is that a nation of religiousity without religion is bound to be distressed by religion. It is not an overstatement to note that only barely 5 percent of Zambians, like her ‘religious chameleon’ contemporaries elsewhere, are truly religious, while others are religious hypocrites, fanatics, entrepreneurs and capitalists, preaching and spreading the negative of classical religious tenets, precepts, mission, visions, goals and what have you.

Who has ever seen God physically? If none, why then do we hate one another, God’s physical representatives yet claim we know/love God?

Hypocrisy is claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behaviour does not conform; pretense. In fact, the ancient Greek word comes from the word for a stage actor or one who wears a mask. It is not necessarily the fact that the sin that makes them a hypocrite, it’s the fact that they don’t acknowledge it. They don’t admit that their lives contradict what they say. They are inauthentic and imposters. They teach one thing and live the opposite.

Combatting hypocrisy was a passion for Jesus. In fact, much of Matthew 23 is dedicated to this topic. Here are some excerpts:

“Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: ‘The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them. Everything they do is done for people to see…

“‘Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.

“‘Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.’”

Jesus took hypocrisy very seriously. Many people who claim to be Christians don’t have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Perhaps they are Christian in name only.

A Christian is called to grow in faith and progress to being more like Christ.

It is not hypocritical to fall. It is hypocritical to deny that you fell and pretend that you were successful.

A Christian is called to live a life of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience (Colossians 3:12).

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  1. Spot on.
    This is the best description of our church leaders who are very comfortable associating a government that is harming its own citizens.

  2. Of course there is no true Christian among all our politicians. They don’t pray to God, they pray to the gallery, and then go back to plan and do more evil.

  3. PF’s National Day of Prayers is total blasphemy. All those PF pastors will go to hell for a very looooong time.

    Evangelical Christian voters have been among Donald Trump’s most enthusiastic and reliable supporters. Trump’s recent rejection of asylum seekers and cuts to domestic food assistance programs have not stopped followers of Christ from flocking to the president.
    A great schism, however, may finally be at hand. In drips that have become a gush, evangelical leaders this week have sharply criticized Trump’s decision to stand down US forces in northern Syria, warning that Turkey’s invasion of the region threatens America’s longstanding Kurdish allies and vulnerable Christian communities.
    “It is very possible that the American withdrawal from the region will lead to the extinction of Christianity from the region,” Ashty Bahro, former director of the Evangelical Alliance of…

  5. From a scholar’s point of view the Bible is a very poorly written book and therefore we can’t expect a larger % of its interpretation to be sensible. It baffles me how sane persons can believe that God will reward them for acts against fellow humans. Some believe they’ve the monopoly of access to God, just like Sumaili said last time that muslims weren’t welcome to join Edgar’s national prayers because they’d just confuse their prayers. Isn’t it crazy that some Israelis believe that their God will reward them for the senseless slaughter of Palestinians? It’s the deeds of men that caused some philosophers to brand religion as the opium of society. How can we honestly answer to the call for prayer by such characters as the PF who are in a killing game with UPND?

  6. Zambia is not a christian nation.It is a nation of nominal christians who lead lives worse than the unconverted.A declaration by a corrupt leader for political purposes does not make Zambia CHRISTIAN.Christianity is only a commodity in this country.They shout LORD,LORD ,ALLELLUIA,AMEN,but do not do what JESUS told them;to love one another as he loved them.Plunderers are now pretending to pray in Zambia just to deceive the people so that they continue in power.Both religion and politics in Zambia are just about deceiving the sleepy Zambians.

  7. ZAMBIA is for JESUS therefore, Leaders who are aspiring for the highest office in this country should be scruitinized in the way they respond to Christian values. Country MEN and WOMEN its our time to ask God to show us leaders who fear Him. You can have money but if you do not fear God then that money is nothing, you can have world connections but without Jesus those connections are in vain. The challenges we are facing in this country are worldwide it takes Spiritual understanding through prayer what exactly God is telling us, for it is written in the Holy Bible that the end times are near, so lucifer is fighting the believers to start receiving his marks through his agents, who are calling themselves rich. The riches are in God in the name of Jesus Christ, The Children of Isreal…

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