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Forgo comforts and face the harsh reality: K. Sema

Forgo comforts and face the harsh reality: K. Sema
Students performing a traditional dance during the Cultural Day program. (Inset) Khekiye Sema speaking at the function. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JUL 16 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/17/2018 12:26:15 AM IST
Retired government servant and author Khekiye Sema urged around 300 theologians to forgo their comforts and face the harsh realities that lie ahead, while also cautioning them that the price of commitment could even involve death. He was speaking as the guest speaker at a Cultural Day program held at Trinity Theological College on July 16.
Reflecting on how Christianity was brought to Nagaland at a time when Nagas were head hunters, he said American missionaries made a conscious choice to forgo all comforts and luxuries back home to bring the gospel to Nagaland. In stark contrast, he pointed out Christian leaders today are even involved in politicking and petty organizational politics to be posted in cities and towns to lead comfortable lives.
He encouraged them saying that when they graduate and enter the mission field, they will enter a world where real Christian values don’t exist anymore. Drawing parallels with the first generation Christians, he said the first generation Christians did not enjoy the facilities of today but they were honest, honourable and had a good value system ingrained in them. 
Khekiye then went on to add that “in Nagaland God is locked up in a big box for 5 to 6 months leading up to the election, and in that period people sell themselves shamelessly and their conscience disappears.” “People today have become money hunters,” he said, as he called upon theologians and lecturers present to ponder on how communities today have become devoid of values that the first generation had.
Khekiye Sema also touched upon how pastors in rural areas were the most neglected class and how they become cultivators. He urged various church organizations to debate Christian mission management. 
Earlier, the invocation was pronounced by associate professor, Dr Limatemsu Ao; welcome speech was delivered by coordinator, TTCSU, Dr Akatoli Chishi; vote of thanks by general secretary, TTCSU, Tovi V Chishi; and benediction by lecturer, Skyli Achumi. The program was chaired by assistant cultural and social secretary, Trinity Theological College Students Union (TTCSU), Ayekali Aye.
The other highlights of the program were:  cultural dance by hostel boys, folk song by hostel girls, and traditional dress display led by Rahoni Chalai and Tovika Zhimo.

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