“It is becoming difficult to preach to faces that are sad. The levels of poverty have reached alarming levels now. The people of Zambia deserve better from these elected leaders. We can’t continue to hear of corruption and selfish leaders while people are suffering,” says All Nations Church overseer Bishop Chisala.
“Life has become unbearable to the many Zambian people. Elected leaders have neglected the core business on which they were voted for. It is evil to steal while the poor are suffering. President Edgar Lungu needs to wake up and address the challenges of the people. There is no way everything is now up. Look at fuel, bus fares increased…taxes on the poor. This is not the basis on which the PF was voted into power. The PF before 2011 promised more jobs, more money in people’s pockets and lower taxes. President Sata tried to do this but unfortunately, he was taken by our Lord. So now what is President Lungu doing to address these challenges of high taxes? Is this a new PF of high taxes and more poverty? President Lungu needs to tell us if the promises have now changed.”
Truly, liars make the best promises. But it doesn’t take time before their promises become their problems. Pomises based on deceit, and even ignorance, always prove disappointing. For every such promise, there is a price to pay. There’s a German proverb which says, ‘Promises are like the full moon, if they are not kept at once they diminish day by day.”
One must have a good memory to be able to keep the promises one makes.
Edgar and his minions are still making many promises to the Zambian people which they know very well they will not honour. What is propelling them to continue making these promises? Are they making these promises under the influence of alcohol? Is it the desire to keep power at any cost – even with lies, fake promises – that is driving them? It’s useless to hold a person to anything he says while he’s drunk or running for office.
There is no greater fraud than a promise not kept.
Abraham Lincoln said, “We must not promise what we ought not, lest we be called on to perform what we cannot.” Breach of promise is a base surrender of truth. Those who don’t value their words, will never value your wishes.
Money and corruption are ruining the nation, crooked politicians betray the masses of our people, treating them like sheep, and they’re tired of hearing promises that they know they’ll never keep. Probably in 2021, Zambians will vote for the candidate who promises least; he’ll be the least disappointing.
They promise you heaven when they can’t even deliver Purgatory. The politician 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. It is easy to make promises – it is hard work to keep them.
They say broken vows are like broken mirrors. They leave those who held to them bleeding and staring at fractured images of themselves.
In Ecclesiastes 5:5 we are told, “It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay.” Keeping promises is extremely important in order to keep people close to you. Sometimes, nothing else in the world will hurt as much as a broken promise or turning back from your word. Not surprisingly then, the Bible speaks about keeping promises quite a lot. God, after all, is One who always keeps his promises and is incapable of lying or deceiving anyone. He is always true to His word and always delivers on it. As such, we are to emulate Him and strive to maintain that kind of candour and strength in keeping promises.
“If a man vows a vow to the Lord, or swears an oath to bind himself by a pledge, he shall not break his word. He shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth” Numbers 30:2.