Zambia needs unity now more than ever
Zambia is by constitution a Christian Nation. The Biblical way of interpreting this clause is: “All of us Zambians submitting ourselves to the law of God which alone has authority.”
A nation without God has no legitimacy. There is only power struggle.
In a nation under God, Christians should aim to have Jesus Christ understood as President of Presidents, King of Kings Lord of lords, Judge of Judges and Pastor of Pastors etc.
We would have to defend this view with truth and grace in open public contest.
The Biblical world view should be the only basis for political freedom. This further implies that far and above election campaigns, there must be freedom to promote the Lordship of Jesus Christ in any and all aspects of political life.
The first thing to understand in this discussion is that God knows all Zambians as his children.
Lenje, Tumbuka, Lamba, Mambwe, Mbunda, Nsenga and all others are names of children of the same Father who dwells in heaven.
More importantly, all human beings are equally created in the image and likeness of God our father.
Tribalism, in varying forms and to various degrees, has been a plague on the Zambian Society since independence.
Brothers and sisters, this should not be. Those who practice tribalism, prejudice, and discrimination need to repent and turn to God.
Jesus, who is Lord over Zambia, teaches us that there is only one attribute for which the world will know that we are a Christian Nation, and this is not going to Church on Saturday or Sunday or asking someone to pray at a political campaign rally, but to love one another as He loves us.
If God is impartial and loves us with impartiality, then we need to love others with that same high standard. Jesus further teaches in Matthew 25 that whatever we do to the least of His brothers, we do to Him (Jesus).
If God is using love for building His Kingdom of heaven, then it is reasonable to assume that in our own Christian national building, we should be using it as well.
Politically, citizenship and even voting rights should depend on each individual’s commitment to “reasoning together”.
That is, no one should be called a patriotic citizen who is not committed to the maintenance of that level playing field which the Constitution was written to establish.
May Galatians 3:28 be completely realised, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” We are all Zambians and all one Nation under God.
Chambishi Mine Township
The warning is loud and clear on political violence
The decision by Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) to suspend campaigns in areas where violence will continue being perpetuated and tolerated is timely and should be taken seriously by all well-meaning citizens.
Why should we kill each other just because we hold a difference in opinion? Blood was already shed when our forefathers were fighting for independence, not any more please.
The only thing one needs to do is to go out and sell oneself. If the electorate are convinced, they will vote for you and the party.
Political hooliganism should not be condoned because we are ‘One Zambia, One Nation’ and after these elections, life will still go on.
The sponsors or/and perpetrators of this political violence should, therefore, think twice and give human life a priority.
The warning against the continued violence by some political parties should, therefore, be taken with the utmost seriousness it deserves so that all political parties have a level playing field without intimidation.