Religious ministry to police churches – EYA


THE existence of church mother bodies should not be used as an excuse for rejecting the Ministry of National Guidance and Religious Affairs because their duty is not to police what each individual church is doing, but to bring sanity in the way we conduct ourselves as Christians, the Evangelical Youth Alliance (EYA) has said.

EYA executive director Moses Lungu said the differences in opinion on the creation of the new ministry among members of the clergy in Zambia were surprising because under normal circumstances, Zambians expected the church to be in the forefront demanding for representation in Parliament rather than attacking such a noble initiative from President Edgar Lungu.

Rev. Lungu said church mother bodies did not monitor what individual churches were doing or teaching, hence the need for a ministry that would make churches more accountable in order to get rid of certain elements that did not benefit Christianity.

He said EYA was praying for the adoption of the ministry by Parliament and that once it succeeded, the alliance was available to provide guidance if and when called upon for an input on what was expected of the new ministry, adding that instead of criticizing President Lungu for coming up with the new ministry, Zambians needed to appreciate what he was doing because his move was in line with the country’s Christian declaration.

He said his organization would soon embark on a country-wide sensitization campaign to allay myths and misconceptions being peddled by some individuals on the creation of the Ministry of Religious Affairs so that they realized that the ministry would benefit them.

“It is wrong to project the existence of church mother bodies as an excuse for the creation of this ministry because these are not there to police individual churches and see if what they are teaching is in line with the demands of Christianity and that is why we need a body that will make churches accountable in whatever they are doing.

‘‘We expect all of us to speak with one voice over this matter but it is sad that we are divided for reasons best known by others yet we all want the best for the church in Zambia.

“As far as we are concerned, this is a good move that will enhance our declaration as a Christian nation because once the ministry is created, there will be no deviations from Christianity in everything that we will be doing and so that is what we should all aspire for and we are praying that this new ministry is approved so that it can start working,” Rev. Lungu said.