Lilongwe, January 9, 2015: Inter-denominational religious leaders Saturday called on Malawians to look up to God for solutions to the economic and social challenges the country was facing.
The leaders made the call during national prayers held at the Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe to seek good rains, good harvest, prosperity and peace in the country.
President Peter Mutharika led the inter-denominational congregation in the prayers which were held under the theme dedicating ourselves to God in Seeking National Peace and Prosperity.
The main activities included the reading of the Scripture, English and Chichewa sermons, and intercessory prayers and offerings.
Reading from the book of II Chronicles, Chapter 7 verses 12 – 14, Mutharika stressed that if God’s people humbled themselves and prayed and sought His face and turned from their wicked ways, then God would hear from heaven, and would forgive their sin and heal their land.
Another reading came from Mark 2, verses 1 – 5 and it also bordered on faith, solidarity and knowing where to turn to in times of need.
Pastor Flackson Kuyama, President of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Malawi, and the Rev. Alex Benson Maulana, Malawi Council of Churches chairperson, took turns giving sermons in Chichewa and English respectively, both centering on the need for Malawians to take stock of their spiritual lives, repent and turn to God for forgiveness and the healing of the land from various calamities.
The two religious leaders and some that followed with intercessory prayers condemned some quarters that are supporting legalization of homosexuality in the country, saying it was evil and unacceptable before God.
The clergy also condemned the donors’ attachment of aid to conditions that promote what they called “unacceptable and un-Godly conduct”.
“We need to remain faithful before God and we should not allow anyone to move us from that stand,” Pastor Kuyama said in his sermon.
“The countries that support us with aid may ignore us for not abiding by their conditions, but our God will never ignore us if we stand firm and keep His rules.”
In his sermon, the Rev. Maulana also condemned the conduct of homosexuality, describing it as sinful and unacceptable in Malawi.
“We know these people are there, they are in our homes, but why should we be propagating the message that in the end will bring a curse to Malawi?” the Rev. Maulana said.
“As Malawians, we need to protect, and love this country. Homosexuals, gays or whatever, are fellow citizens of Malawi and they live in our homes, all right, but I don’t like the act. As a Malawian, this is sinful and we need to fight it because it will bring a curse on this soil.”
Other religious leaders who took part in the national prayers included His Grace Archbishop Thomas Luke Msusa, Chairman, Episcopal Conference of Malawi, Sheikh Idrissa Muhammad, Chairperson, Muslim Association of Malawi and Apostle, Dr. Madalitso Mbewe President, Calvary Family Church.
The prayers were spiced up by renowned choirs among them, The Great Angels, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Quadria Women Qwasida, Kafita CCAP Nursery, and Seventh Day Adventist’s Likuni Dorcus Women.
In attendance also was Malawi Congress Party president and opposition leader in Parliament, Dr. Lazarus Chakwera, Former Malawi Vice President, Khumbo Kachali, Inkosi Gomani, Inkosi M’Mbelwa V, Paramount Chief Kyungu, the donor community and members of the diplomatic corps.