Monday, April 15, 2024

Church Should Not Be Confrontational Towards Government- EFZ

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The Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) has issued advice to religious leaders, urging them to refrain from advocating for regime change, citing concerns over its divisive impact on society.

Bishop Paul Mususu, Chairperson of EFZ, emphasized that it is not within the purview of the church to advocate for a change of regime, as the decision lies with the Zambian people themselves. He stressed the importance of unity and cautioned against actions that could sow discord among citizens.

Speaking at the induction ceremony of Eddy Jibusha as Deputy Bishop of the Evangelical Church, Bishop Mususu underscored the pivotal role of the church in providing credible checks and balances to the government. He emphasized that rather than advocating for regime change, the church should focus on offering constructive solutions and guidance to the government.

Bishop Mususu reiterated that the responsibility of choosing leaders rests solely with the electorate and not with religious institutions. He urged religious leaders to uphold the principles of impartiality and to refrain from engaging in partisan politics that could undermine the unity of the nation.

The EFZ’s stance reflects a commitment to promoting peaceful coexistence and stability within Zambia, emphasizing the importance of respecting democratic processes and institutions in effecting change.The Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) has issued advice to religious leaders, urging them to refrain from advocating for regime change, citing concerns over its divisive impact on society.

Bishop Paul Mususu, Chairperson of EFZ, emphasized that it is not within the purview of the church to advocate for a change of regime, as the decision lies with the Zambian people themselves. He stressed the importance of unity and cautioned against actions that could sow discord among citizens.

Speaking at the induction ceremony of Eddy Jibusha as Deputy Bishop of the Evangelical Church, Bishop Mususu underscored the pivotal role of the church in providing credible checks and balances to the government. He emphasized that rather than advocating for regime change, the church should focus on offering constructive solutions and guidance to the government.

Bishop Mususu reiterated that the responsibility of choosing leaders rests solely with the electorate and not with religious institutions. He urged religious leaders to uphold the principles of impartiality and to refrain from engaging in partisan politics that could undermine the unity of the nation.

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  1. The Pentecostal Churches are just interested in tithe and offering. If the flock that you lead can not afford a bag of mealie meal. They are going hungry by the day and if you try to advise government that people do not eat graphs, they call you Lucifer. What are you to do next? Became a praise singer like Mususu or fight for a better for your flock.

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    • Indeed which church leader called for regime change? They just criticise our leadership poverty. The church’s job is not to sing praises for Ceasar but for God

  2. Indeed, there is need to differenciate between politians and clergymen. the role of the clergy is to provide moral checks, not tussling with the president. the Bible says leaders are chosen by God, and that the clergy should bless and pray for leaders to obey God.

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    • God has nothing to do with earthly leadership. “Give to Ceasar what belongs to Ceasar and to God what belongs to God” is not only about taxes. If you want you can give respect to your earthly leadership and forget about God, the consequences are yours.

  3. NOOOOO!!!!! Politicians & their praise singers ( SHAMELESS )…my God!!! The duty of the church / clergy men is to confront ills of any government in power. When somethings are not going accordingly the church has the voice to speak to the so-called governments. Yes the duty of clergy is to pray for the leadership BUT to reprimand them when they are arrogant, stubborn, know it all, tribalists, vengeful…. the list goes on. When the current government was in opposition they had no issues with the church… but today mmmmmm. THE WORST ENEMY TO AN AFRICAN CHILD IS THE politicians period!! Wake up my beloved nation & realise that these politicians will NEVER EVER better your life.. they are all stooges of the West… as painful as i have stated, truth always hurts.. Ufimbenuma Iwe !!!

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  4. Bishop Mususu is not a Pentecost and he has a valid point and please stop demeaning Pentecost because problems in churches are everywhere.

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  5. Ba Bishop imwe, what has changed. You were at the core regime change advocacy in the 90s and 2000s, regularly hogging headlines in the Post Newspaper. We have no opposition as it is, and CSOs are dead through the dark machinations of the current regime. We are just left with the church to work with the people in providing checks and balances, elo iwe at no? Get a life.

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  6. Advocating for regime change does not always bring about regime change. Reason being that the choice remains largely with the voters. But when a government becomes unresponsive to the needs of the people, should the Church not use its prophetic voice to demand for change in the improvement of people’s material conditions? And doesn’t the demand for this type of change also necessitate a demand for change in the leadership that is supposed to bring about a change in people’s material conditions once the existing leadership remains unresponsive to people’s needs?

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  7. Yes the church cannot advocate for regime change as that is the mandate of the people but the church should not be part of praise singers also. The church should instead be the voice of the voiceless and speak out when they see wrongs happening.

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    • The church is composed of the people who are buying mealie meal at k350, fuel at k27, fertilizer at k1500 and are being exposed to mass load shedding. The church also preaches against liars who told its people that mealie meal will be at k50, fuel at k5, fertilizer at k250 and not forgetting the 14hrs exchange rate. Most Zambians go to church and are the Church. The two can not be separated and if they are not happy with the prevailing environment, they are free to advocate for regime change.

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