As We Vote Tomorrow

Tomorrow we vote for our preferred candidates who will provide political leadership at the ward, constituency and national level for the next five years. The past eight weeks have seen aspiring candidates summarize the challenges of the nation and follow it up by the blessings that will come to us if we elect them as our leader. Several candidates have spent millions and millions of Kwacha giving cash and gifts in kind to churches, pastor’s fellowships, market leaders, and women’s and youth groups.

Be assured Zambia, most of the cash and donations you received from aspiring candidates was not given to you but to themselves. They were writing checks to themselves to be cashed once they get into leadership. Only the payback will be much more as it will be pressed down, shaken together, and running over. Their economic status will change in the twinkling of an eye. In the well-known verses of Micah we see a similar situation where “leaders” who had not shepherded their people ask, “How do we get the favor of God back and continue to lead the people?” They resolved to give God calves, thousands of rams, and ten thousand rivers of oil. Can you imagine? They were willing to sacrifice even their first born sons in order to receive a blessing from God. (Read Micah 6:6-7).

However, in Israel there were prophets who heard from God. The prophet Micah told the leaders that God did not want payment but He wanted them to change their actions and attitudes. Micah pleaded with them not to relate with God only in ritualistic ways but also through inward obedience. Micah told the leaders that God desired them to “act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God.” (Micah 6:8). God desires no less today from the leaders we will vote for tomorrow. Use your vote wisely. Don’t vote for people who want to be paid back, but for those who desire to serve.

As the church prays for a peaceful transition may we also remember to pray for polling agents and security wings to act justly in discharging their duties to promote fair and just elections. May church leaders be alert to call the elected leaders to make commitments to rule justly, with humility as true servants. Let us be fervent in praying for the salvation of our leaders, because it is only in Christ that all we have shared makes sense. “Father in heaven we pray for the peace that comes from Christ for our nation. In Jesus name Amen.”

Lawrence Temfwe