In his teachings, our Lord Jesus Christ issued two edicts. The first was “seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you”.
He then said: “Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s and unto God the things which are God’s.”
By that, of course, he meant doing the right things as ordered by God and the right way of doing them. We then begin with questioning whether our priests and bishops are doing any of these things rightly or wrongly.
Many of my friends are religious leaders, including clergy and bishops. We often have conversations and debates about this level of awareness, and we have always agreed that the two necessary ‘litmus papers’ for judging our character, acts and behaviour to enable us enter the kingdom of heaven and live exemplary lives on earth are largely absent from those religious leaders.
Now let us examine the facts on the ground. For some time now, parsons and bishops have been accused of neglecting their work for God by concentrating on earthly demands, whether status, desires or wealth.
It is not unusual to find very wealthy priests and bishops, scattered in all the dioceses of Uganda, many of whom live in mansions and drive expensive vehicles but preside over dilapidated or ramshackle churches.
Surprisingly, those well-to-do religious leaders are always seen with or seeking the company of Caesars’ great and small.
They thus give priority to Caesar’s materialistic requirements while neglecting the work of God.
In order to emphasise their loyalty to Caesar rather than to God, they mingle very comfortably with Caesar and his retainers whose watering well is founded on false premises and shaky predictions.
There is no question whatsoever that these religious leaders are not aware that what they do is evil in the eyes of God, but they happily associate themselves with those transgressions in preference to doing God’s work.
There can be no doubt that these priests of God’s temple are not worthy of the posts they hold.
This is why we find so many allegations which classify and separate them from the righteous who devote their work and serve the Lord and man, well.
When Caesar and his fellow travellers misgovern the land God chose for his children, these hypocritical religious leaders jubilate and beg for material wealth from Caesar.
In every sense, his false prophets cease to serve God and prefer Caesarean wellbeing or doom and despair.
As a consequence, we have had priests and bishops condemned publicly for the wrongs they do against God and man. Instead of confessing and abandoning their sins, they seek sanctuary from Caesar or his cadres and agents.
They compete in welcoming Caesar and his gifts of bribery in order that Caesar may reward them and he usually does with vehicles, official and personal or materials to build their mansions.
They pray, falsely, to God that the wicked should be forgiven and make them electable by the electorate. Those devoted to the work of the Lord and the service of mankind are shunned by those false prophets, including, unfortunately, those who claim to be ‘saved’.
We have heard or read about ministers and public servants who are thieves and liars. Some of them have been publicly denounced by the President, commissions of inquiry and the media.
Yet they retain the affection, prayers and comfort of sinful priests and bishops, and are happy to be seen not in the company of the righteous of their parishioners, but in the company of those who have fallen from grace because they are criminals.
It is the duty of Christians to confess their sins either to priests in the Catholic Church or publicly in Anglican churches. Has anyone ever heard these religious transgressors doing the necessary in this respect?
The NRM and its successor NRMO promised the people to stay in power without opposition for the first nine years. But by next election, it will be 30 years and how many bishops have come out in the open to comment on this longevity?
Our current President promised about four general elections before the forthcoming one that he would only rule this country for the last term. He broke that promise.