Minister Calls for Restoration of Society’s Moral Fiber

| April 8, 2015

Assistant Minister in the Ministry of Education and Skills Development, Mr kgotla Autlwetse, has called for restoration of moral fiber of society to overcome inhumanity and challenges engulfing humankind.

Speaking at Palapye during Heavenly Garrison ministries’ Easter conference, Mr Autlwetse stressed the need to rebuild the moral fiber of the society to restore and understand that everyone is made in God’s image to overcome challenges threatening human beings.

He said churches faced new challenges, such as HIVAIDS, the power imbalances between men and women within interpersonal relations, as well as unequal access to the economic resources that had exposed women to high-risks of survival practices.In addition, the assistant minister said incidences of rape, physical and emotional abuse of women and girls, as well as violence against women and children remained a serious problem in society.

Mr Autlwetse said the society must learn that murder, violence, robbery and theft wereoffensive to the very concept of Batswana. “Religious communities are in touch with the grassroots, the poor are in our midst and the churches have the gift of infrastructure and personnel,” Mr Autlwetse stated.

The partnership between government and the church ensures effective service delivery and called on the state, civil society and the church to cooperate and work together towards strengthening democracy.

Mr Autlwetse told the worshippers that Matthew 7, along with other passages, provide a clear mandate for church to extend beyond merely praying.

The church, he added has a legitimate role in the governance structure, hence the need for it to make meaningful contributions to the national debate.

He also challenged the church to stop being bystanders.He told the congregation that, “We cannot be effective unless we restore legitimacy in the eye of believers and non-believers.

We take legitimate scriptural notions and distort them.”When we say we love the sinner but hate the sin, they don’t believe us because we do not really live it and the condemnation remains in our postures and culture and vocabulary,” he said.

For his part, president of Organization of African Instituted Churches (OAIC),Bishop Tebogo Motlhagodi challenged church leaders to be servants of the community and also raised a concern about poor performance of students at schools, calling on the church to have an input towards improving the country’s education.

He said there was a need to invest in education because when the diamonds get depleted, the country would have to capitalise on human resource, hence the need to improve results.

He tasked Heavenly Garrison church congregation to make it a point that Lotsane Senior Secondary school gets a respectable position next year.

OAIC president hailed Parliament for passing Societies Bill with amendments by reducing the required number of registering a church from 250 to 150.

He said the move showed that Parliament has the interest to protect the community.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Governance

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