By Gid Ahanonu
The Anglican Bishop of Oru, Rt. Rev. G.N. Chukwunenye Ph.D, has called on the Imo State government to stop the monthly stipend paid to school children in the state because it inculcated wrong values in the children.
In his presidential address recently at the annual Diocesan synod held at St. Thomas Anglican Church, Omuma, Oru East Local government, The prelate though hailing the government’s educational policy, justified his stand by arguing that “it is also a sheer waste of public fund as the money budgeted for disbursement cannot be properly accounted for”.
Espousing the theme of the synod “True worship: the daily lifestyle of a Christian,” Bishop Chukwunenye defined Christian worship as “appreciating God, because He is worthy and as “the selfless adoration of God”. He clarified that a Christian’s total lifestyle including conversation, thought, what he listens to or looks at, must be dedicated to pleasing God, adding that “worship is not limited to just a few praises from my lips or a hand clap here or there no matter how hard we may clap”.
Making extensive reference to Bible verses, Bishop Chukwunenye submitted that worship is a “life-style, not just once-a-week on Sunday, arguing, “if you will not worship God seven days a week, you will not worship Him on one day a week.
In his words, if people’s hearts are not focused on God and if they haven’t been living their week for His glory, there is no great reason to suppose that they will suddenly change all this on Sunday morning.
Bishop Chukwunenye spoke on other issues including “worshipping God in spirit and truth”, “worship is a lifestyle”.
Proposing the adoption of the Bishop’s presidential address, the Chancellor of Oru Diocese, Sir (Barr.) I.E. Oguaju-Dike said the address was apt at a period when Christians are face with conflict in the doctrines and have lost their sense of direction.
He was supported by another member of the legal team, Sir (Barr.) Chudi Onuzo.
Dignitaries who attended the ceremony included Bishops of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province, HRH Eze Godspower Okafor-Anyanwu, and the Delta State Chief of Staff, Dr. Festus Okugbo who represented the Delta State Governor.