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Speaking up against evil in Lungu’s regime

Bishop John Mambo has advised Lucky Mulusa to be consistent with his condemnation of the wrongs in Edgar Lungu’s government because people like him are needed in society.

“…he must be consistent in speaking out against evil. We all agree with whatever issues he has been raising. The issue about fire tenders which he called wheelbarrows…he was not wrong. This idea of saying ‘don’t bite the finger that feeds you’ doesn’t make sense. When you are a minister, you are paid by taxpayers’ money and these people are supposed to speak for the voiceless in society,” said Bishop Mambo. “If as a President, you get rid of all those that speak against you, then what will become of this country if we don’t speak out as Zambians? If we don’t stop this as Zambians…we are heading towards a Banana Republic. Right now, stealing is the order of the day; corruption now is a song that you play every day. Even villagers today know that things are not okay and corruption has become our daily bread.”

We all have a duty to expose and denounce evil deeds, inefficiency, ineffectiveness and disorder in government.

“Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them” (Ephesians 5:11). In James 4:17, we are told: “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.”

We are directed to rebuke evil: “As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear” (1 Timothy 5:20). Most people who call themselves Christians in this country we have declared a Christian nation will be thrown into hell. They’re rebellious towards the word of God and when someone rebukes them they say, “Thou shall not judge.”

First, that verse is talking about hypocritical judging. Second, if you live a continuous evil lifestyle, you’re not a true Christian because you’re supposed to be a new creation. People don’t like their evil exposed; they don’t like you exposing anyone else so you don’t expose them. These so-called believers today will go against God’s word and stand up for evil and fight against God by condoning and supporting wickedness. How can you love what God hates? How can you go against Him and stand up for evil? You are to hate everything that God hates. Every biblical leader stood up against evil and many even lost their lives for speaking against it. There is a reason Jesus says true believers will be hated and persecuted. If you desire to live a godly life, you will be persecuted and there is no way around it.

That is why many believers stay quiet whenever they’re on the hot seat; they hush up in fear of man. Jesus spoke up, Stephen spoke up, Paul spoke up, so why are we quiet? We must not be afraid to rebuke others. If someone is going astray from Christ, are you going to be silent so they won’t hate you or are you going to humbly and lovingly say something? If we stop exposing evil, rebuking false teachers, and confronting believers, we will have more people lost and led astray.

When you remain quiet, then you start joining wickedness. Stop being part of evil, expose it instead and save lives. The person who truly loves Christ is the one who’s going to stand up for Christ even if they lose friends, family, or if the world hates them.

In Psalm 94:16, it is asked: “Who will rise up for me against the wicked? Who will stand for me against those who practice iniquity?” How can you justify the wicked and stand up for evil rather than God? How can you call what goes against God’s word good? How can you love what God hates? Whose side are you on?

Isaiah 5:20 reads: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.”

Let’s not forget that friendship with evil means hostility with God? So whoever wants to be a friend of evil is an enemy of God. In John 3:20 we are taught: “Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.”

“Then Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked straight at Elymas and said, ‘You are a child of the devil and an enemy of everything that is right! You are full of all kinds of deceit and trickery. Will you never stop perverting the right ways of the Lord?’” (Acts 13: 9 – 10).

Let’s all stand up to evil. If we don’t, evil will reign supreme. Let’s stand up to corruption, because if we don’t, the corrupt will run free to spread corruption like a cancer. Let’s stand up for truth. If we don’t, then there will be no truth to our existence. If we don’t stand up for all that is right, then we must understand that we are part of the reason why there is so much abuse, wrongdoing in this country.

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