Archbishop of the church of Uganda Stephen Kaziimba Mugalu has asked Ugandans to keep away from violence in the ongoing campaigns and the elections in January next year. The call was contained in his Christmas message delivered at his office in Namirembe, Kampala.
As we approach Christmas and the end of the year, I want to announce our theme for next year. Next year our theme shall be “Life in its Fullness.” This is taken from Jesus’ words in John 10.10, where he says, “I have come that they might have life and have it to the full.” said the Archbishop
In 2020 we have seen what happens when we let sin-sick hearts be in charge; when we are stuck in old mindsets that can’t respond to the new challenges before us; when we neglect to do the right thing for the public health of everyone around us. That’s why in 2021 we will emphasize this theme of “Life in its Fullness.”
We extend our sincere condolences to those who have lost their dear ones this year, and especially to those who have lost family members to COVID-19. We stand in prayer with those who are still struggling to recover.
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We appreciate the government’s diligent efforts to educate us about this pandemic, to show us how we can uphold life, and to care for those who found themselves infected with Covid-19.
At the same time that we are fighting this invisible virus that is stealing lives and health, we are also facing elections in less than a month. And, we also seem to be fighting one another.
We need a truce. The fighting and the violence need to stop.
As important as elections are, politics is not our salvation. Only Jesus is our salvation. His name literally means “Saviour” and he is the only one who can save us. This is why I have said over and over that we need a holistic conversion of our head, heart, and hands. Only this holistic conversion will bring us “Life in its Fullness,” which will be our theme for next year.
This is why I, as your Archbishop, speak to you not only about spiritual matters, but also about your head and your hands. The “abundant life” Jesus promised us is for the whole of our life. The salvation that Jesus offers us is a holistic salvation