POLITICAL players who will attempt to reverse the declaration of the National Day of Prayer by President Edgar Lungu will do so at their own political detriment and will be in danger of losing the evangelical vote, says Pentecostal Assemblies of God first assistant Chief Bishop Wilson Phiri.
Bishop Phiri said discarding the national day of prayer would be a political suicide.
He was commenting on Rainbow Party member and suspended Anglican Church priest Richard Luonde who said the next government should reverse the declaration of 18th October as a Day of National Prayer and a public holiday.
“I believe that any political player who would want or attempt to reverse the declaration of the national day of prayer would do so at their own political detriment and would be in danger of a huge loss of the evangelical vote,” said Bishop Phiri.
He said those advocating the reversal should realise that apart from Christians, Moslems and atheists also had a lot of respect for Zambia as a Christian nation.
Bishop Phiri said politicians should instead concentrate on developing the country as a way of winning voters ahead of the next year’s general elections.
“I have seen people in a deep drunken stupor boast about Zambia’s Christian State declaration… I don’t see that changing in the near future. I think the political players should concentrate on the issues of national development as a way of winning votes instead of arguing on issues of the heart and national spirituality,” he said.
Bishop Phiri said he believed that God would come through for Zambia out of what President Lungu had done.
He said much more would come out of the building of the new inter-denominational and multi-faith cathedral in Lusaka which was a good example of demonstrating the commitment to the declaration of Zambia as a Christian nation.
“The Cathedral will be a statement of intent and a monument of the declaration. The declaration of the national day of prayer on the 18th of every October is more from the theological and biblical point of view, it’s non-political and non-partisan,” he said.
Bishop Phiri said President Lungu had put up the necessary instrument that the nation needed to practically carry out the declaration of Zambia as a Christian nation.
“In the past, there was no instrument that the churches and the populace would fall on in order to demonstrate the character of the declaration of Zambia as a Christian nation. I believe that it is the right step to take.
‘‘Further, I would like to see chaplains appointed at State House, Parliament and National Assembly to further enforce the character of Zambia as a Christian nation,” he said.