By Nich Chibunna
Christian leaders and those in positions of authority have been asked to always take decisions that will impact positively on the lives of those they lead.
Bishop Chijioke Oti of the Anglican Diocese on the Lake threw the challenge at the 2017 retreat of the council of Knights of the Diocese, recently.
He told them to always stand their grounds when confronted with difficult situations and also to shun pride and arrogance so that the church and the nation would be a better place for all.
The prelate said that today’s leaders, both in the church and society, have abdicated their leadership responsibilities due to worldly enticements, regretting that the situation has impaired growth in our spiritual and national lives.
The retreat, with the theme, “Where are you? (Gen. 3.9) was held at the Bishop Cockin Church Centre (BCCC), Atta in the Ikeduru LGA of Imo state.
Speaking on the theme of the retreat, the Diocesan said that leaders are expected to give account of where they are at a particular moment without passing the buck to another person, like Adam who blamed his wife Eve, for disobeying God’s commandment, when he ate the forbidden fruit.
He said that today’s leaders, both in the family, church and nation at large are weighed down by frivolities, and this is responsible for the present ugly state of affairs in the land.
Bishop Oti who also delivered a talk on “Managing Success in Life and Ministry” enjoined the people of God to see success, not only in terms of worldly possession, but in obedience and fear of God, so that when we are called we can give good account of ourselves.
He gave the list of great men and women who achieved success but could not manage them due to pride, innocence and inept leadership, adding that pride is a destroyer of success.
He also gave the list of those who achieved success and managed them effectively.
The prelate therefore called on Christian leaders and those in the position of authority to be wise by obeying the voice of God and ruling with the fear of God in which ever positions they find themselves, whether in the family, church or the nation.
Earlier, while expounding on the theme, a senior cleric, Ven. Japhet Anumudu had warned on the danger of passing the buck when the situation becomes tough.
He said that God would hold individuals accountable for their deeds, adding that disobedience is a very serious sin before God.
He called on the people of God to serve God with fear as the second coming of Jesus Christ is at hand.
In his own address, the president of the council, Sir Uche Osoagba thanked the prelate for the spirit reviving outing.
He described the event as a three-day diligent search for power and wisdom of God, adding that members of his council would put into practice all they had learnt.
Knights and Ladies who spoke to Christian Voice described the event as spiritual awakening that would spur them to do more for God and humanity.
The Rt. Rev. Chijioke Oti told Christian Voice that the theme of the event was prayerfully chosen to touch lives in the Diocese, adding that other arms of the church like, ACFF, and the PCC members would also discuss the theme.
The event featured Eucharistic service, prayer session, praise and worship, bible study lectures and questions and answers session.
The Sunday service was conducted by the council’s chaplain.