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The Church must bring hope

AMID the deteriorating standards of living, empty promises by politicians and the moral decay in society, the church must bring hope.

Despite the fact that not everyone in the country is a believer, those who believe in God view the church as a place where reason must prevail.

The unending disagreements at Livingstonia Synod, which resurfaced again yesterday, point at unresolved issues that have dented the image of the synod. While it is expected of politicians to disagree at every available opportunity, it is strange to see the church outdoing politicians. More worrying is the fact that when politicians do wrong, the church is at the forefront condemning such practices.

It appears church leaders often choose the wrong place to resolve their issues. What is happening at Livingstonia Synod is not different from what happens in the boxing ring where the ultimate aim of the boxers is to win the bout.

Turning the church into a boxing arena is no longer about serving God as they claim. Unfortunately, the wrangles at Livingstonia Synod would easily divide the church into two opposing camps.

Somewhere in Malawi, politicians are enjoying the scenes; this is exactly what they want to see so that any criticism targeting them should be easily deflected since the church can no longer stand on a moral higher ground to point out the wrong the politicians do.

Religious leaders are supposed to be the moral compass of any society in the world. If indeed it is about God’s calling, what can be the justification of these fights within the Livingstonia Synod? We say again, the church must bring hope.

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