By Nick Chibunna
Christian godparents have been reminded of their God-given responsibilities towards their godchildren. They have also been enjoined to make good their public vow to lead their godchildren to basic tenants of Christianity.
These observations were made by the Bishop of Ikeduru Anglican Diocese, the Rt. Rev. Emmanuel C. Maduwike (JP), during the naming and dedication ceremony of little Jeremmy Ujunwa, baby boy of Rev. Canon and Mrs Mishael Nniwu at the Chapel of the Healing Cross, Bishop’s Court Atta, last Wednesday the modern society today, especially youth restiveness is due to lack of Christian upbringing, by both the parents of the child and their godparents.
The Prelate said that godparents have important role to play in the upbringing of a child, especially teaching them the basic tenants of Christianity which would guide them to become worthy citizens of our country.
He said that the Bible remains to final authority to bring up a child, so that they would be useful to their parents, the church and the society at large, and therefore implored godparents to be alive to their responsibilities.
Earlier, in a sermon entitled: “The need to forgive one another” (1 Sam. 26:11), the Rev. Canon Mishael Nniwu enjoined the people of God to always for give one another no matter the gravity of the offence.
According to Canon Nniwu, vengeance belongs to God and He will surely repay,. He said that every evil meted out to anybody would surely be redressed by God, if not sooner it would be later.
Canon Nnaiwu said that of all the evil plots designed to harm David by Saul, David forgave him by saying: “he would not stretch forth his hand against God’s anointed one”, adding that, as God avenged for David which culminated to the downfall of Saul, so would God avenge for his people.
He therefore, enjoined the people of God to use this period of lent to forgive, and bear with one another.
The occasion was well attended with important dignitaries, including Knights and Ladies of St. Christopher.