Churches to fight moral decay

2015-05-07 06:00
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Religious leaders at the faith symposium on Tuesday.

PHOTO: nompendulo ngubane Religious leaders at the faith symposium on Tuesday.

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CHURCH leaders across the province have been called to be at the forefront in fighting moral decay politically and socially.

Speaking at the interfaith symposium at the city hall on Tuesday, Moral Regeneration Movement chairperson Father Smangaliso Mkhatshwa said the religious sector needs to be at the forefront for moral renewal.

The symposium which was attended by different church leaders in the province is one of the legislature’s public participation initiatives aimed at giving the religious sector a voice in the legislative process as required by the ConstitutionAddressing the delegates Mkhatshwa said: “Moral decay is high and South Africa is in deep trouble ethically because of the culture of materialism. There are concerns about certain forms of behaviour of moral decay going against the national agenda.

“There is fraud, corruption, rape, disrespect, abuse of women and children, lack of service delivery and many other social ills. There is a human disjuncture between material and spirituality.

“Churches have a role to play in the legislative framework as they should provide guidance on what type of leader should provide leadership. As the religious sector we need to be the voice of the voiceless and take a stand against issues that affect the country socially and politically.

“The public needs reassurance that their spiritual leaders care about their welfare. We need to have international solidarity where we unite with other countries against social ills that are currently facing our countries.”

Dr Lucas Ngoetjana of the KZN Christian Council said the purpose of the symposium was to engage in debate about the contribution of the religious sector towards addressing social ills.

“We have to ask ourselves how we can partner with institutions other than the government in fighting social ills. The mission was to discover common things that combine different churches,” he said.

Speaking on African religion, founder of Nomkhubulwane Institute Nomagugu Ngobese said: “From an African religion perspective, there is moral decay in society because people have abandoned their culture and adults have lost respect for themselves.

“Before we can correct our young ones, we need to lead by example as adults. We need to re-look at ourselves on what are we teaching our children.”

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