- We must be sincere in our love for one another.
- Most of us have learned how to pretend to love others – how to speak kindly, avoid hurting their feelings and appear to take interest in them.
To be a politician and a Christian at this time in Uganda is the most difficult task for all who genuinely profess Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour and Lord. As we earnestly pray to the Almighty God to bring to an end the evils in the country so that we may dwell together in peace and quietness, my heart goes for you brothers and sisters. The Bible says, “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace” (Ephesus 4:2-3).
No one in this country or elsewhere is perfect in attitude, words and acts. All of us struggle day-in and day-out to do only little good. Knowing this fact must drive us to be humble in heart, mind and behaviour towards the failures of our fellow brothers and sisters on the roads and in offices.
Guard against the kind of political discourse, which provokes unchristian attitude, language and disrespect. Avoid to be trapped in an environment in which sin is excused. Shun evil, but promote truthfulness and respect for people and their opinions.
Love must be sincere. “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honour one another above yourselves. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practise hospitality.” (Romans 12:9-16).
Most of us have learned how to pretend to love others – how to speak kindly, avoid hurting their feelings and appear to take interest in them.
We may even be skilled in pretending to feel moved with compassion when we hear of their needs or to become indignant when we learn of injustice. Such things had happened in human history, so God is telling us in Uganda not to pretend anymore.
We must be sincere in our love for one another. We must support the needy people in our country rather than waiting for others to do it. Sincere love shares, cares and forgives any wrong.
Give chance for peace. “Do not pay evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge… if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink” (Romans 12:17-20)
If we have experienced God’s grace, we will want to share it with others. As someone says, “Peace is not just another way, but it is the only way.” We must not allow ourselves be overcome by evil, rather conquer evil by announcing the peace of God in Uganda.
Caesar Drasi Bua, firstname.lastname@example.org