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Church should help promote morality

NEARLY every day, there are screaming headlines about defilement, teenagers engaging in premature sex, pastors flirting with their female followers, and, in worst scenarios, fathers impregnating their daughters.
Just last Friday, a 49-year-old farmer of Linda Township in Lusaka admitted fathering a child with his 17-year-old daughter, and his wife is said to have consented to the incestuous act, believing they would become rich.
Surely, where is the world heading to if a right-thinking human being can reach such extremes of sleeping with their own daughter?
And this kind of wickedness must be going on in our society but perpetrators have remained unknown because no-one bothers to report them to law enforcement agencies all because of moral decay among some people.
We, therefore, agree with Vice-President W.K. Mutale Nalumango, who has urged the Church to join hands with Government in inculcating good morals and ethics in Zambians to help promote a just society and fast-track national development.
The Vice-President also wants the Church to closely work with Government in the quest to promote national values and unity as espoused by the ‘One Zambia, One Nation’ mantra.
“The Church is requested to partner with Government in mainstreaming national values, ethics, and principles to achieve and sustain national unity,” she said during a fundraising service at Evangelical Church in Zambia.
“Therefore, the One Zambia One Nation motto should be entrenched in our human endeavours.”
Mrs Nalumango underscored the need for unity of purpose and the crucial role the body of Christ plays in attaining economic development of a country.
Indeed, the Vice-President is spot on when she accentuates entrenching morals and national values, including unity in diversity, because in the absence of these important elements, it is difficult for the country to attain development.
A country full of depraved citizens always grapples with illicit activities such as robberies, drug and alcohol abuse, rape and defilements, and fighting one another, all of which are detrimental to national unity and development.
In efforts to inculcate national values and principles, every year the President addresses Parliament so that legislators can spread the message of morality to people in their constituencies.
But this does not in any way entail that instilling good morals in people is solely for Government. The Church should come in handy.
The Church is there to play an active role in complementing efforts to ensure that the country has morally upright citizens who are able to meaningfully contribute to development.
The Church has formative social functions such as recognition of the divine ideal of human life, individual and social, for itself and all men.
It being a Christian nation, Zambia should have high levels of morality and good values among its people, who should be patriotic and know how detrimental moral decay is to national development.
Morals are systems of beliefs that are taught to people for them to decide and know what is good or bad, whereas values are personal beliefs or something that comes from within. These are emotionally related for deciding right or wrong.
Imparting morals and values to citizens should not only be the preserve of Government and the Church. All well-meaning Zambians need to join the crusade for the country to have responsible and right-thinking citizens.