Fourth Dimension: On the path to 2016
Posted Sunday, October 27 2013 at 00:00
Israel’s desire for a king without the counsel of God through the prophet Samuel; they were so committed on becoming like the neighbouring nations. They totally ignored the policies of the king who was to rule over them.
The policies included taking their sons and daughters into military service to secure his position and to gratify his cravings for pleasure. He would choose leaders that would enrich him and grab the produce from the land of the people who asked for his rulership.
His taxation policies would not spare the basic food items and agricultural products. He would turn the citizens into his slaves against their will. He would not be deterred by their cries. God promised to ignore their cries because they had ignored His words for their welfare. “In that day you will cry out because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the Lord won’t answer you in that day.” (1 Samuel 8)
We have had a taste of many of these things that Samuel predicted for the nation of Israel. And the situation can become worse if we do not revisit our view of the politics of the nation. The presidential and parliamentary elections are just about to take centre stage of the national life of Uganda.
We may simply assume that these are days for politicians to show their rhetoric power but they are not. These are days that will define the nation’s spiritual, social and economic welfare. We cannot afford to surrender the destiny of our nation to some few loud-mouthed individuals.
Considering the words of Samuel, these are some of the action steps we must take to reshape our nation for a bright future.
We must seek to have true godly leadership over and above party allegiance or mere copying of systems and, structures that have worked in other nations. Israel in seeking to be like other nations set themselves for ungodly and evil leadership. We must look beyond simply winning the elections.
We must seek to redefine the role of the army in the life of the nation. Our gallant sons and daughters should not give their lives as pawns in the power games of the nation. It is a disaster to have the cream of society given to personal political ambitions at the cost of national building causes.
We must promote a culture of hard work that transforms our citizens from dependents to producers. The day Ugandans gain the productivity level where they can hold government financially responsible, will be the beginning of true prosperity for all. But if they remain at the mercy of government to offer a hand out for survival, then we will remain slaves forever.