Tuesday, September 27, 2022

DAABAPF seminar discusses role of church for clean election

Dimapur Area Ao Baptist Churches Pastor’s Fellowship (DAABAPF) organised an awareness seminar on “clean election” at Dimapur Ao Baptist Church (DABA) on Monday.
In a press release, DAABAPF informed that renowned churchman, Rev. Dr. Wati Aier spoke in the first session on “clean election: Church and stakeholders’ participation”, where he highlighted the dynamic role played by the church and Christians in bringing revolutions through the centuries.
The church still needs to play the pivotal role to bring changes in the corrupted system of conducting election in the state, he stated.
Rev. Dr. Wati also quizzed where the church had gone wrong and emphasised on checking/reflecting on theology.
He said that Christianity in Nagaland had become “a cultural Christianity” and that Christians were reluctant to take up social responsibilities.
“The haves don’t want to stir up problems and tend to maintain status quo. Politics is a way of life but for Nagas, politics is dirty”, he further opined.
‘Church must propagate for reformation from within’. In the second session, advocate Talitsungba Ao spoke on “clean election: Legal and pressure groups”, where he unwrapped the legal system and beacon the hope for change on the role of church as moral educator.
He said the church which believes on morality and divinity, must devise means and propagate for reformation from within and not from external pressure.
Talitsungba also opined that religious organisations and civil societies propagating moral education based on divine principles would be of indispensable supplement to the legal force in matters of electoral offences.
Earlier, DAABAF president pastor Temsu Jamir implored the gathering to go with the burden for clean election. The seminar was attended by leaders from 35 unions and village councils and 29 Ao churches. The sessions were also followed by discussions.