Post Mortem

The confused Naga leader

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 8/27/2018 11:40:39 AM IST

 The bold and timely decision that came upon from the Lotha Baptist Churches Association and the Lotha Hoho to disallow the immersion of ashes of the Lt. A.B. Vajpayee in Doyang River has truly rescued the Naga faith and culture. The Nagas clearly understand the principle of secularism and the freedom of religion under the Indian constitution and is regarded, but this does not give any Naga Christian to betray or compromise the beliefs and practice for the sake of any political gain. When many enquired and protested that the BJP is a communal party and involves Hindu religion during the last election, the leaders in the fold preached that it is purely a political party and it does not involve religion. Why the people are made to be confused today? Now that the party should be able to stand clean in the face of the people and the land, and ask forgiveness from God.

Naga Christian Leaders must realize that they represent the Christian state and have an obligation to its people politically, socially, morally and spiritually. Nagaland respect and honor our Lt. Leader but this does not in any manner allow one to bow to a death rituals which is not in the Christian doctrines and practice.   
The political party whichever it may be will ‘rise and fall’ but the Naga principle and beliefs, the customs and culture will remain and this should not be polluted into disrespect at any cost. 
The churches feel the pain to see a Christian leader deeply involved in ungodly and unholy rituals which the word of God does not recommend at all. A Christian leader in front of the Hindu ritualistic table with folded hands does clearly meant that he is involved in a worship of an idol which has deeply grieved the spirit.   
Although it is seen to have realized a bit late, the message given by the ABAM is a good step to remind our Christian leaders to walk worthy of the faith we professed and upholds so dear. The Naga Christian politicians and leaders should always be reminded that they are elected to represent the values and virtues of the people of Nagaland and so must live up to demonstrate the good examples of Christianity. Our leaders should not take undue advantage at their leadership or misuse the freedom just being an MLA or Minister, or leaders of the party in the state. Rather our values and principle should be conveyed to all that one is working with or anyone to whom it is due either in the State or at the Centre. 
At this hour of confusions in the land the writer here appeals to all the Naga Christian leaders to make clear our principle by resolving and declare strongly that such activity by any Naga Christian politician is not welcome in the future.  

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