JACK Kalala says the National Day of Prayer is one of the political stunts meant to hoodwink citizens and make them slumber.
In a statement ahead of the annual National Day of Prayer which falls on October 18, the former presidential assistant for projects implementation said such activities never added value to national wellbeing.
He stated that God would never reward laziness and hypocrisy.
“As we approach the so-called National Day of Prayer, let it be stated that the declaration of Zambia as a Christian Nation, and the Day of Prayer, Repentance, Fasting and Reconciliation are mere political stunts intended to gain popularity and hoodwinking people into slumber. In reality they do not amount to anything but hollow declaration and futile exercises,” he stated in part.
“They add no value to our national wellbeing and do not contribute to solving any of the problems our country is facing or making Zambia a better country for all its people and in the sight of God. In Amos 5:21, the LORD says, ‘I hate your religious festivals; I cannot stand them! 23-24: Stop your noisy songs; I do not want to listen to your harps. Instead, let justice flow like a stream, and righteousness like a river that never goes dry.’”
Kalala further criticised the proposed building of a National House of Prayer.
“For a better appreciation of how vain these prayer rituals we do are in the sight of God, I invite you to read Amos 5: 1-27 and Isaiah 50: 6-23. Even if we build one million houses of prayers, they will not corrupt God and move Him to do what we are supposed to do on our own,” Kalala stated.
“God is incorruptible and He is not an admirer of men but of good deeds. In Isaiah 66:1-2, ‘The LORD says, ‘Heaven is My throne, and the earth is my footstool. What kind of house, then, could you build for Me, what kind of place for Me to live in? I Myself created the universe! I am pleased with those who are humble and repentant, who fear Me and obey Me’.”
He instead called for deeds that please God as opposed to vain proclamations.
Kalala challenged leaders and the general citizenry to instead promote honesty and genuine love for each other.
“Let us do the right things that are pleasant in the sight of God. Let us love our neighbour as we love ourselves (Mark 12:31). Let’s do unto others as we would like them to do unto us (Luke 6:31). Let’s end corruption, tribalism, self-serving, lies, shedding blood of innocent people, political violence, laziness, grabbing of other people’s properties and injustice in our courts of law,” Kalala stated.
“Let’s stop stealing votes, public resources and from the poor. Let’s stop abusing public offices for personal gain. Let’s stop abusing other people’s rights. Instead let’s be honest. Let’s work hard for the common good and serve with integrity and humility. Let’s be our brother’s keeper. In short, let’s be doers, not pretenders, of things that are acceptable in the sight of God because faith without deeds is dead (James 2:14-26).”
Concerning prayers for economic development, Kalala described it as naivety and fantasy.
“It is foolish naivety and fantasy to believe that by merely chanting God’s name and uttering meaningless chants, development will come to our country, jobs will be created, and wealth will drop from heaven like manna and poverty will vanish in thin air; and that reconciliation among us will miraculously be possible without us meeting to talk to each other,” he argued.
“We need to realise that transformational change, like love, is an action word. We must do something to bring about the societal transformation that we desire and aspire for, not merely by kneeling down in prayer and crying out to God to do for us what we are supposed to do on our own. The days of manna from heaven are long gone.”
He has since called for a complete leadership transformation as a way of dealing with poverty.
“As a starting point we need to deal with leadership. Taking advantage of our democratic dispensation, we need to put in place a leadership that is visionary, knowledgeable, patriotic, credible and committed to the promotion of national unity and interests and not selfish personal or partisan agendas. We need a leadership of men and women of integrity with impeccable track records and reputation, which is ready to sacrifice and use national resources prudently for the sake of national development,” stated Kalala.
“This should include policy initiators and implementors in the public service who must be truly professional in their conduct and performance of duty. This calls for weeding out unproductive, wasteful and incompetent political cadres from the governance system, including the foreign service that is replete with useless party cadres.”