Put Christ back in Christmas

We join Christians in Uganda and worldwide to celebrate Jesus’ birth. May we mark Christmas in its true sense so the peace it brings lives in our hearts and country, too. So let it be Christmas in our hearts that puts Christmas in the air, today.
This requires we put Christ back in Christmas, emulate His humility, and selfless service not live Christmas as a one-off affair. And Without dampening the spirit of the festivities, let us not profess Christ, yet mock His sacrifice by our obscene display of sumptuous living without Christ in us. Yet, it should be during Christmas that we strive to renew our torn moral fabric, love, and selfless service.
No doubt, some families will enjoy gifts and feast with money pinched from public coffers. Yet millions more will have nothing on their table and on their backs save their faith that Uganda can still be reformed for the better. This is the reason Ugandans should copy the humility, and selfless service Christ offered. His great commission demands of us to also touch other poor lives around us. So it should be at Christmas that we bond with the oppressed, our neighbours, and think of their needs and also how to fix community’s needs healthcare, schools, and wells. Likewise, politicians should bond with citizens and fulfil their pledges.
Similarly, going into the New Year, the Executive should show humility and work with Parliament. It should readily table for debate and passing the proposed electoral reforms. Else Ugandans should believe Speaker Rebecca Kadaga and Deputy Jacob Oulanyah that the Executive is deliberately crippling Parliament for selfish ends. Deplorably, only 12 of 54 of Bills government promised have been tabled. As a commitment, government should assure Ugandans it has the humility and political will to secure consensus on these proposed reforms.
Also in the spirit of humbleness, government should heed Christian leaders’ prayers to speed up amendments of the electoral laws. This should provide adequate time for Ugandans to scrutinise the 18 demands in Uganda Citizens’ Compact on Free and fair Elections adopted at the National Consultation on Free and fair Elections in November 2014. These reforms are essential and should set ground rules for political parties and organisations. Ultimately, these rafts of reforms should ensure credible, regular, free and fair elections in 2016.
Once more, may we look deeper into our souls for the moral lessons of Jesus’ birth?
And may the peace that comes with Christmas build in us a foundation for peace and stability of Uganda.
Merry Christmas!

The issue: Christmas
Our view: Let us look deeper into our souls for the moral lessons of Jesus’ birth?
And may the peace that comes with Christmas build in us a foundation for peace and stability of Uganda.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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