Lira—3, June 2020: The Right Reverend Professor Dr Alfred Olwa, the Bishop of Lango Diocese has used Martyrs day celebrations service to call on the country to embrace love and unity
The Bishop of Lango Diocese was on Wednesday morning preaching live on Radio QFM 94.3 as Church of Uganda joins the rest of the country in celebrating Uganda Martyrs 2020.
Drawing from America where the black community is demonstrating in demand for justice for George Floyd, a black man who was killed by a white police, Bishop Olwa noted that “back home we are also divided along different lines”.
“We are divided along political, religious and tribal lines, and this must stop,” the Man of God observed, adding that Jesus Christ loves us all irrespective of one’s religious affiliation or skin colour.
Bishop Olwa then challenged today’s Christians to emulate the Martyrs by embracing love, trust and unity even at the smallest unit of a family.
But he warned that Christians should not endanger their lives because they want to emulate the Martyrs and explained that they (Martyrs) had no choice than to reject what was evil and demonstrate their faith by accepting to die.
The Bishop also emphasized the need for Christians to love and trust one another further, urging that they ought to trust in Jesus as opposed to “lust” for earthly things.
In this regard, he used the prayers to appeal to the young generation whose grandparents donated land to the Church to desist from grabbing land away from the Church.
He also cautioned Christians against complacency in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic, stressing that they should observe all the measures put in place by government such as washing hands with soap and water and wearing face masks at all times.
The Uganda Martyrs are a group of 23 Anglican and 22 Catholic converts to Christianity in the historical Kingdom of Buganda, now part of Uganda, who were executed between 31 January 1885 and 27 January 1887. They were killed on orders of Mwanga II, the then Kabaka of Buganda.
Martyrs day in Uganda is celebrated every 3rd of June every year and this years’ service is closed to the public because of the novel coronavirus Panoramic.