Pastor Stonard Phiri of Baptist Church in Ntchisi has reminded all government employees that they were made in God’s image; hence they have to fear and serve Him.
He said God expects total purity from the officers in form of their deeds as such any mistakes committed at work places, in matrimonial homes and anywhere are a sin punishable by the Creator.
Phiri relayed the message in an interview at Ntchisi Teacher Development Centre (TDC) on the sidelines of an interface meeting which was organised by National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust.
His warning came amid allegations that the secretariat at Ntchisi District Council is corrupt, lacks transparency and accountability and that it does not allow councillors and other council development structure cadres to play an oversight role.
“By virtue of being God’s creation, we all qualify to be His sons and daughters. Since God is holy, His children, too, need to be holy; hence let us all stop engaging in corrupt practices and invite God to reign over us so that we should always be in line with His commandments,” said the pastor.
He referred to the book of Nehemiah, Chapter One where Nehemiah, son of Hacaliah, upon hearing a message from his brother that the wall of Jerusalem had been breached and its gates gutted by fire, he started to mourn for several days, fasting and praying before the God of heaven, until such a time when Jerusalem was restored.
To this effect, Pastor Phiri said: “We should not be happy when we hear that officials at our district, town and city councils are siphoning money which is meant for various developments.” n