According to the gospel in Matthew Chapter 11:12, since the time of John the Baptist, the kingdom of heaven suffered violence, and men of violence take it by force. The church has finally taken a stand. Based on this principle, clergies held a meeting in the last fortnight. However, the Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA) has declared that they will not entertain politicians in the pulpit.
According to the letter issued by the Secretary-General, Rev. Robert Waihenya, the Business Committee at a regular meeting held on 1st of July 2021, noted with concern that this being a political season the church altar is being disrespected and misused by the politicians. The letter emphasized the cohesion and togetherness of the congregation.
Safeguarding the security of the church during this electioneering period is crucial. Attendants in the meeting agreed that politicians should not be given forums in the pulpits to do any politics and should attend the church just like any other member.
The statement has given the church a new look as politicians look upon members of the church to garner their votes. At the same time, the church benefits from political wealth from prominent politicians.
Is it that the PCEA congregation has never benefitted or does not require anything from politicians? Well, it is high time that all leaders look at the security of the members of the public regardless of their ethnicity. As discussed in the meeting, the clergies discussed that since the public seems vulnerable, we need to take care of our people.
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