Post Mortem

The darkest side of Nagaland for Christ

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 11/20/2018 12:08:48 PM IST

 The Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi once said, ‘I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ’. Having stated this statement, we did not mean to put down our own faith of being Christians, however we just want to make a thought and reflection to our fellow Christian readers, of how committed are we to the Christian values that Christ has taught us through the Bible. The killing of a teenage girl at Kohima on the 13th November 2018 and later the body was discovered from the new building block under construction at Dr. Neilhouzhu Kire Government Higher Secondary School (GHSS) is condemnable and unacceptable to the Naga society, particularly for the Christians it is against the sixth commandment of God which says ‘Thou shalt not kill’ (Deut 5:17). It is high time for Christians to stop such violence and crime especially in our state like Nagaland, where Christians are majority. Hence, we join the bereaved family for losing their loved one, and at the same time we do not want to stay on quietly to ourselves without sharing our views and reflections to others after reading this sad incident in the newspapers for the past few days. It is so unfortunate for the family to experience such unexpected tragic incident; in fact, the victim’s mother said that her daughter had left home on Sunday morning to be at a prayer house for three days (NP November 15, 2018). Various organizations in Nagaland had condemned this sad event in the state. This is a good sign and a step forward to eradicate such barbaric act in the state. On the other hand, the famous universal principle says ‘Good must be done and evil must be avoided’. We were really shock when we read the paper that a 14 year old boy is accused of doing the crime (NP November 16, 2018). Here comes the duty of parents and the Christian leaders in molding up the children in a correct way. Someone has rightly said ‘Christ way is always the best way’, therefore; If Nagaland is for Christ, why are we not inculcating the Christian values to the children. This is a very sad incident and it is a high time for parents and Christian leaders to grow up the children in a good and correct way. Christ summarizes the Ten Commandments in just two commandments, that is, Love of God and love of Neighbour. These two commandments of Jesus must be taught to children in a very special way in order to stop such crime committed by minors. The act of killing a fellow being is not only against Christian values but also it is universally unacceptable and condemnable. Such unfortunate incident must be stopped immediately in the society and children must be guided to what is good. As Christians we believe that anything that is against our faith is sin. 

Hence, to disobey the commandments of God such as killing or murdering a person is a great sin and no one is expected to go against God’s commandments. As we have mentioned in the beginning we wrote this article not to attack or to pinpoint the failure of Christian teaching, but our main aim is to give a thought and reflection to all the readers particular to the Christian readers. As Christians, we presume that if Christian values are strong or are imparted properly to that boy of 14 years of age (who is accused of committing the crime) such step of taking away someone’s life won’t happen. As a result, the darkest side of Nagaland for Christ is when the Christian leaders or the parents fail to educate Christian values to their own children. Consequently, as Christians we are supposed to spread peace and harmony to one another for Christ taught us through his teachings in the Bible. Let the dream of Nagaland for Christ, be the perfect example to all Christians all over the world. However, let this idea of Nagaland for Christ should be imparted to all people in order to achieve peace and security in the state. It will be so unlucky for the state, to proclaim Nagaland for Christ if lots of killing and injustice done to one another in the state. And so, let the idea of Nagaland for Christ makes all people living in the state to live in peace and harmony with each other, or else if social evils like murder, discrimination, corruption, and nepotism control the state, then that will be the darkest side of the idea, Nagaland for Christ. Finally, let Christian values reign in our state for the betterment of all and for the good of the society as a whole.

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