The Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) General Secretary Rev Dr Suzanne Matale has called on advocates of justice to stand for the marginalised in society.
Delivering a Theological Reflection at the just ended 6th Zambia Alternative Mining Indaba in Lusaka, Rev Dr Matale explained that we live in an imperfect world with a huge imbalance of wealth and power and therefore because God is a God of justice and wants his people to make a difference in the world, standing up for those who cannot stand for themselves and sharing what we have with them is key.
“Our major dilemma is that millions of believers are suffering from spiritual anorexia – starving to death from spiritual malnutrition. “Mineral development for all, leaving no one behind” demands for people who are spiritually healthy so that there is what they call “walk the talk”, Rev Matale said.
Reading from the Bible in the book of Jeremiah 22: 3, Rev Matale explained that the Lord commands us to do what is right, to protect the person who is being cheated from the one who is cheating him. She added that the word of God says do not ill-treat or oppress foreigners, orphans or widows and do not kill innocent people in the Holy place.
And Rev Matale further stated that the theme of justice in the domain of natural and mineral resources has become a central pillar in the governance of natural and mineral resources and therefore calls for the need to use theological lenses in advocating for sustainable management of resources, reading the signs of the times and interpreting them in the light of the gospel.
“As co-creators according to the book of Psalms 24:12, our role is to always simultaneously resist the disorder that persistently threatens our lives”, she said.