I WISH to express my displeasure at the happenings among people we have entrusted power to take charge of the development of our country. Some of these people have really let us down.
Before I proceed, let me echo what the letter of Saint Paul to Timothy says – 2 Timothy 6: 7-10 states, “What did we bring into the world? Nothing! What can we take out of the world? Nothing! So then, if we have food and clothes, that should be enough for us. But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and are caught in the trap of many foolish and harmful desires, which pull them down to ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a source of all kinds of evil. Some have been so eager to have it that they have wandered away from the faith and have broken their hearts with many sorrows.”
The cases of dishonest conduct, financial indiscipline and utter disregard for legal provisions that are reported as taking place almost daily among government workers, some so-called bishops of churches and many others are a bad reflection of the Christian status of our country. Such acts are nothing short of development sabotage.
As citizens, we would love it if people, in general, and those in government, in particular, go to work every day asking themselves, “What am I going to do today to help my country, Zambia?” And at the end of the day: “What have I done today to make the future of my country and all fellow men better?”
In a nutshell, every government or private company worker should keep this biblical message in mind. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not for human beings” (Colossians 3:23). Unless and until we cultivate a sense of selfless service, our efforts will always fall short of the much-desired development of our country.