Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Egbu, the Rt. Rev. Geoffrey Okorafor has decried the level at which the Nigerian society has degenerated such that anything could happen in a twinkle of an eye, attributing the perverse state of the nation to the lack of love among the people and for the country. Bishop Okorafor, who made the remarks in his sermon during a Eucharistic service of confirmation, admission and induction for Naze Parish at St John’s Anglican Church, Naze in Owerri North Local Government Area of Imo State, was particularly irked by the abduction of the Dean of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion, Most Rev Ignatius Kattey, and kept in custody for eight days.
He averred that the kidnappers of the Dean had no fear and love of God in them else they would not have touched the man of God or caused him any harm, warning that except they repent and renounce their evil ways, they were bound to face a generation curse. He observed that the nation was gradually facing self-destruction and advised Nigerians to embrace the privilege offered in Christ to love one another in order to avert further degeneration of the society to such hopeless situation where new crimes evolve.
The Bishop specifically urged Christians to make the difference in the society, stressing that if every communicant should live upright lives and imbibe love the society would be better. He also challenged the Church to be more caring especially towards the members whose situation needed attention. While emphasizing the need for the people of God to love Him with all their strength and might, they should ensure they love their fellow human beings whom they see and relate with daily, for love eliminates that fear often found in midst of Christians, he added. He however noted that the more love was preached the more it eluded them wondering if love was something tangible and blamed them for the elusiveness of love among them.
The Anglican Bishop advised those blessed in one way or the other by God to always endeavor to extend it to others as an expression of love for one another. He observed that some of them have hardened hearts that the sorrowful state of the other fellow does not make any difference to them. To parents, the Bishop enjoined them to be cautious of their influence and teachings to their children ensuring that they imbibe love for God and respect for societal values.
The Bishop said he was impressed with the peace and harmony between the two archdeacons, Ven. Ben Eke, Vicar and Ven. Geoffrey Chime and their wives along with the Church Teacher. He also thanked them for the sound preparation given to the candidates presented for confirmation, admission and induction in the parish.