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NBCC appeals for a peaceful Christmas

DIMAPUR, DEC 16 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/16/2018 11:33:56 AM IST

This Christmas season around, Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC) has urged upon believers to repent past mistakes and evil doings and demonstrate ethics of love for neighbours, peace and goodwill toward everyone that God displayed to humankind through Jesus Christ.

In the message for peace and goodwill, NBCC general secretary Rev. Dr. Zelhou Keyho appealed to celebrate the birth of Jesus, which brought hope, love, peace, reconciliation and justice to a broken world, instead of getting caught up in festivity, celebration and merry making.

Referring to the recent Riven Honda showroom shooting incident and in particular, the Aoyim Baptist Church extortion case, Keyho said it was unfortunate and disheartening that church workers continued to be intimidated and threatened till date. 

Keyho said society could not go on like this and pointed out that these were all manifestations that the society was sinking from bad to worse, where even the church was not spared from taxation. 

“The civil society along with the church can go on condemning such acts in our society, but unless the fear of God resonates in us, we will continue to sink further,” NBCC warned.

Keyho said people live in tension and in an uncertain state due to intimidation, extortion and corruption and called upon all to desist from such practices.

He said the “spirit of Christmas must lead us to look out for one another and shun any form of manipulative spirit born out of self interest.” 

The NBCC general secretary also called upon all stakeholders in society to uphold cooperation and collaboration over confrontation and conflict of all sorts. He called for paving ways through which there would be true economic and spiritual prosperity “laying a veritable foundation” for the future generation and inspiring hope in youth that they could achieve all their dreams.

NBCC called for upholding and committing to things of lasting value, reach out and touch somebody, especially those who were struggling and vulnerable, and make this Christmas “memorable for someone this year”.


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