By Francis Kagolo
The archbishop of the church of Uganda, Stanley Ntagali, has called on the Government to seize this Easter’s opportunity to kick corruption out of the country.
In his Easter message, the archbishop says Ugandans also stand a chance during the Easter season to renew their relationship with Jesus and overcome dysfunctional relationships, sexual temptations, bad habits and painful experiences.
While commending President Museveni for approving the anti-homosexuality law, Ntagali said that Uganda’s biggest challenge was not homosexuality but greed.
“Only a right relationship with God through Jesus Christ can put greed to death in our country and see generosity rise in its place,” he told the press at his offices in Kampala on Tuesday.
“If employees stopped embezzling money and ghost teachers stopped being paid and bribery ended, we could not only replace the aid cut by these countries but even rise above it.”
He asked the Government and the general public not to back down on homosexuality over threats of aid cuts from the West.
According to the archbishop, Jesus’ resurrection goes beyond conquering poverty to overcoming sexual abuse, lust, alcohol and drug abuse as well as greed and corruption.
“We are not powerless to address these challenges in our lives. Jesus has conquered death; He is victorious. And, in Christ, we too can be conquerors and victorious,” he said.
“If you are in Christ, you are not a victim. Jesus’ resurrection from the dead means you never have to be a victim again. The power that raised Jesus from the dead can transform you.”
The archbishop was addressing the press ahead of Good Friday and Easter celebrations.
Easter is a Christian festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion at Calvary. It is preceded by Lent, a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance.
Ntagali explained that the commemorations come with the power to overcome jealousy and revenge as well as addictions like alcohol and sexual abuse.
“The resurrection of Jesus from the dead makes Jesus unique from all other people in history. No one else has ever risen from the dead, except Jesus. Only Jesus has returned from the grave and he will never dies again,” he said.
“Jesus’ resurrection demonstrates that he is more powerful than death, which is the most destructive force in the whole world.”