Wife of the outspoken Anglican Bishop of Enugu, Dr. (Mrs) Joyce Chukwuma, has lashed out at women who expose their bodies in the name of fashion.
Dr. (Mrs.) Chukwuma was delivering a sermon at a service to mark this year’s Mothering Sunday in the Diocese at the Cathedral Church of the Good Shepherd, Enugu.
The Bishop’s wife, who spoke on the theme, “Reproducing the Faith” (2nd Timothy, 1:5) enjoined mothers to lead exemplary lives that their children would emulate.
She told the women that reproducing the faith did not mean bearing children every year and changing their napkins but rather “reproducing someone in your likeness.”
Reminding them that whoever plants apple would naturally reap apple, she advised that they should follow the examples of Eunice and Lois in the Bible, who were dedicated and committed women that reproduced their faith.
She called on mothers whose children are in the habit of spending valuable time on phones, Ipad, laptops and television to watch their children closely as the children may be watching and doing things inimical to good behaviour.
Women, she said, should not leave their house any day without praying for their children, adding that they should establish family altars in their homes.
“Our lives are not in our hands but with God”, the Bishop’s wife said, advising women not to influence and becloud their sense of judgment.
She warned them to stay away from artificial things like nails and eyelashes so as not to influence their daughters.
Mrs Chukwuma also advised them to respect their husbands and submit to them.
The Bishop, Dr. Emmanuel Chukwuma, OON, was present at the service which was moderated by Ven. Emeka Ezeji.
Mrs Chinwe Ezeji and Mrs Amuche Nduka read the first and second lessons while Mrs Oby Meludu conducted the service.
Highlights were presentation of gifts to widows and widowers, the intercessory prayers, thanksgiving and sons led by Lady Com Mbonu as well as the Bishop’s participation in the dancing by the women.