Lusaka Declaration

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At a Christian Action Network Conference held in Lusaka, on 7 May 2011, the assembled delegates from all over Zambia and guests from Congo, Nigeria, Malawi, Zimbabwe and South Africa, adopted the following Declaration:

Introduction

As individuals and as a conference of Christians, we reaffirm our faith in and our commitment to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. We hold to the Bible as the only, complete, perfect and inerrant Word of God - the solid foundation for all areas of life.

We rejoice that Zambia has been proclaimed a Christian country, and praise God for the blessings that have flowed from that. We also discussed problems which affect our nation and we sought to identify the Biblical principles which we need to implement.

The Need for a Christian Calendar

We call upon government to recognise in the national calendar Christian holidays such as Ascension Day, Pentecost and Reformation Day.

“‘Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptising them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’ Amen.” Matthew 28:19

The Need for Christian Textbooks

We call upon the Ministry of Education to, as a matter of urgency, ensure that all school textbooks are consistent with Biblical Principles and the Biblical account of Creation in accordance with Zambia’s Constitutional commitment to be a Christian nation.

“Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.” Colossians 2:8

Family Values

Families are the basic building blocks of the nation. They should therefore be protected. Pornography cannot be tolerated in Zambia. Pornography discriminates against and exploits women for profit. Pornography is based on lust and leads to the abuse of women and children. The spread of pornography and the increase in crime are related. Pornography is hostile to law and morality. It corrupts young people. It degrades sex and it is anti-social.

"Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin ; and sin, when it is full-grown gives birth to death." James 1:15

Prostitution is rife in many areas including many rest houses, motels and compounds. This is also increasing the spread of AIDS. The Penal Code 146 of the Laws of Zambia (from 132 to 164) deal with offences against morality. As a conference we urge the Department of Justice and the Police to effectively deal with such social evils.

We are alarmed at the promotion of homosexual perversion.

“…For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.” Romans 1:26-27

“If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them.” Leviticus 24:22

The Right to Life

We affirm that life begins at conception and not at birth. The baby's heart starts beating at 18 days. His brainwaves start at 43 days. All his organs are fully formed and functioning by 12 weeks. The Bible declares the sanctity of human life.

"For you created my inmost being, You knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be." Psalm 139:13-16

There are no Biblical or moral grounds to justify abortion which is the murder of unborn babies.

"There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to Him: Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood…" Proverbs 6:16-17

We call upon pastors to teach on the sanctity of human life and upon the authorities to prosecute illegal abortions.

"If you falter in times of trouble how small is your strength! Rescue those being led away to death, hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, "But we knew nothing about this,' Does not He who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not He who guards your life know it? Will He not repay each one according to what he has done?" Proverbs 24:10-12

Corruption, Nepotism and Tribalism

"Do not pervert justice or show partiality. Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the righteous. Follow justice and justice alone…" Deuteronomy 16:19-20

With the advent of the Third Republic, most Zambians hoped that the years of corruption, nepotism and tribalism would be over. Unfortunately there is still too much corruption in our country today. In the same way there is still too much tribalism and nepotism. What is needed is the integrity to appoint officials according to qualifications and abilities.

The primary duties and responsibilities of civil government are the protection of law-abiding citizens and punishment of law-breaking criminals.

"Every authority instituted among men... who are sent by Him to punish those who do wrong and commend those who do right." 1 Peter 2:13, 14


"For rulers hold no terror for those who do right...for he is God's servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God's servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer." Romans 13:3,4

As Psalm 101 reminds us, the duty of God-honouring rulers is to destroy the wicked, root out evil and protect the righteous - all to the glory of God.

Justice

In cases of theft or damage to property, the Bible decrees restitution. The criminal is to work and pay back up to five times the value of that which was stolen or destroyed (Exodus 22:1-6). God's Law is clear: the criminal is held accountable and is responsible to pay for his crime. He is to work and earn, in money or kind, to repay the value of what he stole, damaged or destroyed. The restitution/payment is to be made to the victim and not to the state (Numbers 5:6-7).

In cases of murder, rape and kidnapping, the Bible decrees capital punishment (Genesis 9:6).

"Anyone who strikes a man and kills him shall surely be put to death...If a man schemes and kills another man deliberately , take him away from My altar and put him to death...Anyone who kidnaps...must be put to death…" Exodus 21:12-16

The taking of a murderer's life is akin to the amputation of a diseased limb in order to save the rest of the body. All murder is serious and demands the death penalty. Capital punishment is necessary for justice, for the rule of law and for the protection of the innocent (Leviticus 24:17-22).

"Do not pollute the land where you are. Bloodshed pollutes the land and atonement cannot be made for the land on which blood has been shed, except by the blood of the one who shed it." Numbers 35:33

We call upon the government to bring criminals to justice speedily. It is taking far too long to bring even admitted criminals to judgement. Postponements of cases delay justice and waste taxpayers’ money. Delays have led to the completely unacceptable increase in violent crimes.

"When the sentence for a crime is not quickly carried out, the hearts of the people are filled with schemes to do wrong." Ecclesiastes 8:11

Prison Conditions

The conference also expressed serious concern about the deplorable condition of most prisons which are not fit for human habitation. Greater attention needs to be placed upon rehabilitation and reform in the prison system. The implementation of Biblical Restitution would greatly relieve prison overcrowding and save valuable taxpayer's money. Prison chaplains will also need more support to effectively minister to the prison populations.

We call upon the authorities to take consistent, strong and resolute action to protect law abiding citizens, to ensure that full restitution is made to the victims of crime and that convicts are truly rehabilitated.

"When justice is done , it brings joy to the righteous." Proverbs 21:15

Unfair Business Practices

We are concerned at the unfair business practices which seem to favour foreign nationals at the expense of indigenous Zambian businessmen.

“You shall have the same law for the stranger and for one from your own country; for I am the LORD your God.” Leviticus 24:22

Persecution of Christians

We are deeply concerned at reports of on-going violence against Christians in Muslim areas of Northern Nigeria and Sudan and the proliferation of mosques and madressas in Zambia.

“Remember the prisoners as if chained with them - those who are mistreated - since you yourselves are in the body also.” Hebrews 13:3

These concerns are by no means all which need to be addressed, but they are the most urgent. We pray that with the help of Almighty God, both Church and state may continue to disciple our beloved country.

“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.” Proverbs 14:34

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