President Yoweri Museveni on Sunday called on Christians to work not just for the everlasting life in heaven but also their lives while here on earth.
Museveni, while speaking at this year’s Uganda Martyrs Celebrations at both the Catholic and Anglican Shrines at Namugongo, said that while Christianity teaches of preparing for life in heaven, Ugandans must work hard to live better lives on earth.
“The Christians leaders tell us that we are visitors here on earth and that we are passersby,” noted the president.
“But some people got it all wrong and said since we are visitors; we don’t need to care about developing the world.”
“My late father, your grandfather Amos Kaguta was here for 96 years; now what kind of visitor is that?”
“That is why I emphasize that, even though we are going to heaven, while we are here on earth, we must work to make our lives better.”
On that note, the President thanked the Inter Religious Council of Uganda, with whom he started working recently to guide Ugandans on how to elevate their household incomes.
Quoting Matthew 5: 16, which says “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven,” Museveni said Christians should serve as examples to others in leading productive lives.
“We have agreed with the inter-religious council, who came and visited me. I have some examples of people who have chased poverty from their homes and we have agreed that we are going to work with them to mobilize you so that you chase poverty out of your homes.”
Meanwhile, the president took time off to praise the country’s security forces for their work in securing the millions of pilgrims from in and out of the country that converged at Namugongo for the Martyrs Day celebrations.
He noted, “Big functions like this, which are announced well in advance can attract all sorts of bad people. But our security forces have always made sure that big numbers of people, who come, go back safely.”