Is the Christian declaration doing Zambia any good?
I have just finished reading an interesting thesis from 2002 about the late President Chiluba’s push to make Zambia a Christian nation. The thesis reached the conclusion that Zambia could not be said to be a Christian nation for a lot of reasons, including, paramount, that a nation cannot be Christian by proclamation, but by the lifestyles of individuals who call themselves Christians. President Lungu has gone to great length to reinvigorate the Christian nation declaration by creating a new public holiday (National Prayer Day), initiating the construction of a new interdenominational mega-church (House of Prayers) and now by considering a Ministry of Religious Affairs. However, I am not sure this makes Zambia any more Christian than other nations? Otherwise, I find it difficult to explain the widespread immorality in Zambia. Just look at the poverty, the defilements, the gender-based violence, the political violence and the corruption. I find it difficult to reconcile this with Christian principles.
Camilla Hebo Buus, Editor Zambia Weekly