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Unfulfilled promises

“There are always people in life who say one thing but their lives show something else,” says Fr Dennis Punthambuyo.

In his sermon during mass at St Atanazio Parish last Sunday, Fr Phiri, who is Chipata Catholic Diocese chancellor and also in-charge of Caritas Chipata, said people today lived in a world where they heard more promises without any in-depth passion towards the promises.

“You know these kinds of promises create a certain impression to the listeners, a kind of contentment to those who hear. However, when they see the nothingness of these peripheral promises, it hurts the listeners,” says Fr Phiri.

Ray Davis said, “Money and corruption are ruining the land, crooked politicians betray the working man, pocketing the profits and treating us like sheep, and we’re tired of hearing promises that we know they’ll never keep.”

Dick Gregory remarked, “Political promises are much like marriage vows. They are made at the beginning of the relationship between candidate and voter, but are quickly forgotten.”

“I weep for the liberty of my country when I see at this early day of its successful experiment that corruption has been imputed to many members of the House of Representatives, and the rights of the people have been bartered for promises of office,” bemoaned Andrew Jackson.
And we are advised: ‘Vote for the man who promises least; he’ll be the least disappointing.’
Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises, for never intending to go beyond promise, it costs nothing. Keep a good attitude and do the right thing even when it’s hard. When you do that, you are passing the test.

But the problem is we fall for cheap promises of quick fixes – infintu ni bwangu. The Scriptures contain many stories of people who waited years or even decades before the Lord’s promises came to pass. What we modern believers can learn from the patience of biblical saints like Abraham, Joseph, David, and Paul is that waiting upon the Lord has eternal rewards.
Necessity is laid upon us. We must fight, struggle without respite for a more just, fair and humane world no matter how long it takes and how difficult it gets. There are no promises in Christ’s epistles to the seven churches, except to those who ‘overcome.’ Where there is grace, there will be conflict. The believer is a soldier. There is no holiness without a warfare. Saved souls will always be found to have fought a fight.

Keep every promise you make and only make promises you can keep.
Grow in the root of all grace, which is faith. Allow your faith to increase in its fullness, firmness, and simplicity.

“I began the revolution with 82 men. If I had to do it again, I would do it with 10 or 15 and absolute faith. It does not matter how small you are if you have faith and plan of action,” said Fidel Castro. “Christ didn’t choose the rich to preach the doctrine; he chose 12 poor ignorant workers – that is, he chose the proletariat of the times.”

For anything worth having, one must pay the price; and the price is always work, patience, love, self-sacrifice – no paper currency, no promises to pay, but the gold of real service.
It is said that the man who promises everything is sure to fulfil nothing, and everyone who promises too much is in danger of using evil means in order to carry out his promises, and is already on the road to perdition.

What Zambia needs is not just another politician or more promises. What Zambia needs is a revolution in which those who toil and the poor take charge of the affairs of the state and ensure that everything is done in their own interests and don’t have to wait for anyone to promise them anything. Experience has shown them that what they can’t do for themselves, no one will do it for them. The only political promise that will be honoured is that which they themselves give themselves.

Every five years, they elect people to represent them but instead, the people they have voted for govern against them – they enrich themselves more and more and become their masters.
Every five years, they are given the same promises by the same or different politicians cut from the same cloth. For how long should they continue on this path? They have been on this path since 1891 when that bandit, foreign capitalist investor, Cecil Rhodes, colonised this territory. Things seem to be changing but only in form and not in substance. What is the difference in substance between this regime of corrupt and abusive elements to that Rhodes?

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