DOUGLAS Syakalima has asked President Edgar Lungu which God he serves.
Syakalima, the Chirundu UPND member of parliament, quickly notes that he is not judging anybody by posing questions which border on divinity.
In an interview, Syakalima said people on earth could not challenge each other as to who was more Godly than the other.
“You can’t just come and say ‘there are fools in Zambia who think there is no God’. But not everyone who says Lord, Lord will inherit the Kingdom of Heaven. There is more to that; there’s what we call repentance and restitution. Has the country done that?” Syakalima asked.
On Sunday, President Lungu said there were some Zambian fools who did not believe in God.
The President made the remarks in Eastern Province at Katete main Reformed Church in Zambia (RCZ).
He read a Bible passage from Psalms 117 and then remarked that he knew God before he became President.
“I don’t have any new message to you; the only message I have is a repeat of what I have said in the past. I know that some of our brothers and sisters are Adventist, they worship on Saturday, it’s the same thing, it’s Sabbath,” President Lungu said.
“I have always emphasised the importance of God in our lives. It is not because I am President that I say this. It is because He made me President; I knew God before I became President.”
After reading the Bible passage, President Lungu remarked: “so, there are some Zambian fools who think there is no God. Please, leave them alone; let’s be left alone to worship our God. Let us do our best and worship the Lord and leave the rest to Him, our problems will come to pass.”
Psalm 117, which the President read reads; “Praise the LORD, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples.
2 For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever.”
The scripture that talks about foolish man who thinks in his heart that there is no God is Psalm 53:1 and Psalm 14:1.
On the day of national prayer on October 18, 2019, President Lungu tweeted a wrong verse.
The President said “As for me and my household, we reflect on Isaiah 1:7, ‘Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow’.”
The President then asked for prayers as he continued in “this privileged position and responsibility as President”.
But a follower corrected him saying, “Your Excellency, sorry but you mistyped the verse. It should be Isaiah 1:17, for Isaiah 1:7 states ‘your country is desolate, your cities burned with fire; your fields are being stripped by foreigners right before you, laid waste as when overthrown by strangers.’”
Reacting to President Lungu’s ‘piousness’, Syakalima agreed that: “the Bible says a fool says in his heart there is no God.”
“But the same Bible says not everyone who calls me Lord, Lord will inherit the Kingdom of Heaven. So, it depends on how you do things on earth – whether they please or not please God. It is what we do to the lesser people that matters,” he explained.
“The Bible says I was thirsty and you did not give me water, I was hungry and you did not give me food, I had nowhere to sleep and you never gave me shelter. I was naked and you did not give me clothes.”
He asked whether President Lungu had attempted to fulfill any of those Godly requirements.
The lawmaker wondered how many Zambians could still be dying of waterborne diseases yet the ‘religious’ President Lungu was in charge of the country.
“This country is devastated by hunger and he (President Lungu) is the one who refused to declare hunger as a disaster so that our people are helped. Which God does he serve?” Syakalima said.
“People are homeless in this country and God wants us to provide shelter for the homeless. Which God does he serve? Does he serve the living God? I was naked but you didn’t give me clothes.”
On the President’s intimation that he knew God before ascending to the Republican Presidency, Syakalima said: “the question is that we all have history.”
“[But] I have never heard Lungu’s history as a child going to Church to go and praise our Lord. What is his Church from childhood? We have just seen him going from one Church to the other as the President,” he noted.
“I go to the Pilgrim Wesleyan Church – that’s where I was baptised from and I went to a mission school called Choma Secondary School which is run by BIC (Brethren In Christ) and the Pilgrim Wesleyan Church.”
Syakalima further asked where President Lungu was baptised from and: “who were his Pastors, Reverends or whatever.”
“I can line up mine and nobody can dispute that I’m a Pilgrim Wesleyan Church member. We have a seminary at Jembo (in Choma). We run some schools as Pilgrim Wesleyan Church and we have a renowned mission eye hospital in Zimba.”
Syakalima further said it was under President Lungu’s watch: “where police officers have been killing innocent people.”
“Blood is being shed in the country! Which God does he fear when he just lets people to be killed in cold blood? [There are] extra-judicial killings coming from his government. He is commander of the armed forces….”
“His own police killed Mapenzi Chibulo. Which God does he serve? His own police suffocated Vespers Shimunzhila with tear gas, recently his own cadres killed Lawrence Banda in Kaoma, just on Saturday a police officer in Kitwe was pointing a gun at Kambwili. All these things have happened under Lungu’s watch! So, which God does he serve?”
Syakalima further asked if the President served the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
“Anyway, God knows the secret heart of man and God Himself will give us reverence because He is a gracious God,” he said.
Meanwhile, Syakalima wondered how President Lungu could say he knew God before he became President when: “he is the same man who misused a client’s money which led to his legal practicing licence to be suspended by the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) in 2010.”
“Which God was he serving at that time? Which God allows people in privileged positions to abuse or misuse people’s money?” asked Syakalima.
“Those are the questions Lungu must be asking himself; it’s not just a matter of going to a Church and say anything that you want to say. No! God watches from above!”