News letter – August 2020………………
"Let us make every effort to do what leads to peace and mutual edification." (Romans 14: 19)
Dear friends in Christ,
Many times we let minor divisions separate and cause conflicts
among us instead of realizing that we were called by God into one
body. We should be pursuing peace among each other, encouraging
and building up one another instead of tearing each other down by our
words, actions and behaviors. No matter what convictions we hold to,
we are to always consider our fellow brothers and sisters and behave
in a way that will build them up and make them feel that they too
belong to the family of Christ, instead of causing confusion in their
lives. In his letter to the Romans, St. Paul our patron tells us to make
every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.
Friends, As we step into a new month and prepare ourselves to welcome another financial year as a Church, and prepare to elect the people to represent us at the Parliament to form a new Government, let us not seek our own interest, but the interest of Christ -the head of the church and the king of kings who rule our life and the world.
On behalf of the believers, I thank all the trustees for their courage and contributions with commitment given to the church during the last year and pray for the spiritual strength and guidance for those whom God will call to serve as trustees in the upcoming year. May the spirit of wisdom and unity embrace us all
by National Christian Council of Sri Lanka
Dearly beloved in Christ,
We have celebrated another Christmas, the incarnation of God in Christ, who took the human form, sacrificed himself to death on the cross and rose again, defeating the powers of death and destruction. He came so that all may have life, life in its fullness and life eternal. God in Christ throughout history has always displayed his unending concern for every human being, ensuring human dignity and affirming life for all.
The festivities of Christmas will soon fade away and the Presidential election is around the corner. The coming days could be characterized by violence, resulting in death, injury and destruction to property, campaigns and counter campaigns, arguments and counter arguments which could lead to unnecessary mudslinging, arrogance and display of brutal force.
We as Christians need to affirm that elections are an important mechanism in ensuring the participation of the people in the democratic arena, and is the duty and responsibility of every one to prayerfully exercise his franchise. It is the duty of every citizen to discern the signs of the time and cast his vote carefully, cautiously and with a sense of responsibility. No one should refrain from doing so. Hence we call upon everyone to vote on the election day.
Secondly, when making our choice, we need to be influenced by the values of our Gospel. Our choice has to be one that affirms the fullness of life to everyone, where every human being is respected, dignity ensured, and security assured. We should not be carried away by our individual interests, or groupish/clannish attitudes, but look to the welfare of every ordinary citizen in our country.
Thirdly, we need to always condemn all forms of violence and intimidation. Everyone must be free to make her/his choice. This is possible only if everyone has the views of all contenders. Therefore, the campaign must be fair and afford equal opportunity to all.
While urging to uphold the above, we would also like to remind our churches to be vigilant in your area of any violence or intimidation, which should be brought to the notice of the authorities concerned immediately. This is part of our Christian discipleship and obligation.
We urge all our congregations to pray for a peaceful election where democratic principles are upheld and pray for God’s guidance and blessing on whoever is elected so that our beloved country can experience justice, peace and fullness of life to all.
27th December 2014