Bishop Geoffrey Okorafor of Egbu Diocese has described the kidnappers of the Dean of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) Most Rev. Ignatius Kattey, as people bereft of the love of God.
Bishop Okorafor made the remarks in his sermon during a Eucharistic service of confirmation, admission and induction for Naze Parish at St. John’s Anglican Church, Naze in Owerri North Local Government Area of Imo State.
He decried the level of decay in the society, attributing it to lack of love among the people and for the country.
The Bishop, however, warned that unless they repent, perpetrators of the crime are bound to face a generation curse.
He observed that the nation was gradually facing self destruction and advised Nigerians to embrace the privilege offered in Christ to love one another in order to avert further degeneration of the society to such hopeless situation where new crimes evolve. Archbishop Kattey has since been released.
The Bishop, specifically, urged Christians to make the difference in the society, stressing that if every communicant should leave upright lives and imbibe love the society would be better.
He also challenged the church to be more caring especially towards the members whose situation needed attention. While emphasizing the need for the people of God to love Him with all their strength and might, they should ensure they loved their fellow human beings whom they see and relate with daily.
He noted that the more love was preached the more it eluded them, wondering if love was something tangible and blamed them for the elusiveness of love among them.
The Anglican Prelate advised those blessed in one way or the other by God to always endeavour to extend it to others as an expression of love for one another. He observed that some of them have hardened hearts that the sorrowful state of the other fellow does not make any difference to them.
The Bishop enjoined parents, parents to be cautious of their influence and teachings to their children ensuring that they imbibed love for God and respect for societal values.
The Bishop said he was impressed with the peace and harmony between the two priests, Ven. Ben. Eke, Vicar and Ven. Geoffrey Chime and their wives as well as the Church Teacher. He also thanked them for fishing out the number of candidates for confirmation, admission and induction in the parish.