Churches must help change SA – Jika

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COMMUNITY SUPPORT: The Chris Hani Council of Churches’ meeting took place at Idle Wild guest house with, from left, deputy chair bishop Zamindawo Gqirha, secretary Sinelizwi Tutu, chairman bishop Funisile Jika and branch chair of Molteno and Sterkstroom council of churches bishop Kanana Nyameka Picture: SUPPLIED

THE Chris Hani Council of Churches has urged churches to not remain behind the pulpit but to move closer to communities.

The council recently met at Idle Wild guest house in Komani.
Council chairman Funisile Jika said it was one of the council resolutions following a conference in July, to expand the church’s role in politics, government and social change. which took place in July.
“In the meeting we resolved that churches must not remain behind the pulpit but should go to the communities where the real problems of poverty, violence, crime and incurable diseases are faced.”
He said community members should be spiritually strengthened.
Jika encouraged local churches to work hand in hand with the Chris Hani government.
“Government leaders and voters are all church members, that is why we cannot divorce the church from politics.”
He said the council of churches had its 2019 elections programmes in place because they believed elections belonged to God.

“Government leaders and voters are all church members, that is why we cannot divorce the church from politics


“The churches must intercede for a good leader to be elected. In the previous elections the church identified the problem of people refusing to vote. We need everyone to vote in the next elections.”
He said the church had the responsibility of influencing the leadership of politicians in a positive way. “The church must not be involved in political parties’ divisions, but must be neutral and play the role of mediators.”

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