OYO, APRIL 6, 2021 (CISA)-The President of the Pan-African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS), Bishop Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo has implored leaders to pursue interests for their people in line with the teachings of Jesus Christ.
“Sacrifice for your people and seek their interest for Jesus laid down his life in total selflessness. Jesus is the one leader that the leaders of the world in every way can confidently emulate. Leaders of all categories should eschew selfish interests and greed in order to create a peaceful and harmonious world. It is a desirable thing for all,” Bishop Badejo said in his Good Friday message.
Just as Jesus cried out from the pulpit of the cross for an end to hatred, corruption, selfishness, racism, discrimination and wickedness Bishop Badejo condemned persistent wars and hatred happening at the watch of politicians, religious leaders, traditional, family, business and economic leaders.
“For people of all nationality and religion in the world, Good Friday condemns the current, ‘dog eat dog’ situation of wars, conflict, violence and bloodshed all over the world,” he said.
“Human beings must stop destroying the world and destroying one another. Humanity cannot win a war against itself. We must sit down and realise that we are of the same stock, children of one God and live accordingly. Every life that is snuffed out, every child that is killed is a defeat for humanity. Let us work together for peace, justice and let love return so that we can experience one world and one humanity again,” the Bishop said.
The bishop of Oyo diocese said Good Friday is a call to holiness, to obey God and do His will hence “we are all called to repent and mend our ways with God and our fellow men and women. As is often said, the cross is a one-frame visual representation of God’s disgust over sin. We must seek to please God by shunning our sinful ways.”
He encouraged people across the globe not to lose hope inviting them to live by the values of the cross as a powerful weapon against all evil.