The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, the Most Rev Stanley Ntagali, has urged Ugandans not to use deprivation as an excuse to steal, but reflect on their personal lives this holy Easter week to overcome greed.
Archbishop Ntagali, who was delivering his Easter message at Church of Uganda provincial headquarters in Namirembe, a Kampala suburb, said as much as Ugandans were concerned about homosexuality, it was not the most pressing issue in the country but greed and glorification of material wealth.
“Only a right relationship with God through Jesus Christ can put greed to death in our country and see generosity rise in its place. If employees stopped embezzling money and ghost teachers stopped being paid and the practice of giving and receiving bribes stopped, I imagine that we could not only replace the aid that has been cut by some Western countries, but even rise above and go beyond it,” the archbishop said.
He said all Ugandans who supported the anti-homosexuality law should abandon greed and corruption and live by compassion. Uganda enacted the anti-gays law in February, but development partners and human rights activists want it either revised or repealed.
Archbishop Ntagali also urged Christians to learn from Jesus’ resurrection the art of overcoming poverty, jealousy, revenge, sexual abuse, lust and addictions such as pornography, alcoholism and materialism.
“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 victors,” the cleric said.
The archbishop praised President Museveni for spurning the West’s opposition and assenting to the Anti-Homosexuality Act.
“We must assert our sovereignty and do what it takes to protect our children from being recruited into an immoral life and exploited by others,” he said.
“The United States government and several European countries have decided to cut aid to Uganda because of our support for the anti-homosexuality Law. I urge our government not to back down,” he added.