I have been keenly following the so called ‘hot story’ regarding the unfortunate incidents that involved our retired Archbishop of the Church of Uganda. Many people have had their say, most of them making fun of the lady in question due to her physical endowment and the like.
First of all, Luke 5:23 states the purpose of Jesus’ Coming. “I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” This simply implies that as long as you still live on this earth you are a sinner who needs JESUS CHRIST’s merciful hand of salvation.
Having said that, what is so unique about leaders is that they are the source of inspiration to many followers.
Many people struggling with sin and sinful nature derive their strength to move on from leaders who, in most cases are mentors to people they know not. For this and many other reasons therefore, leaders, especially church leaders in positions like Bishop and Archbishop, pastors and elders are taken to be righteous and exempolary.
Archbishop Stanley Ntagali is my hero because he, amidst shame, embarrassment and strong criticism, accepted his sins and asked the country, the church, his family and the entire household of faith for forgiveness. in this action, he has exhibited Christian Maturity, Humility and righteousness of the highest level. 1 John 1:8-9 says “8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
In my opinion, falling in sin is normal because we are human but accepting responsibility determines the level of your Christian Growth.
Let me remind you of two prominent Ugandan leaders who refused to acknowledge their sin. Pastor Bugingo is living an adulterous marriage life, preaches every sunday and claims he is right. Our Singer Judith Babirye hooked someone’s husband and you know what followed, she has never publicly confessed it.
There are many church leaders committing abortions, murdering babies because they want to continue to appear ‘RIGHTEOUS’. There are many squandering church resources, others living a deceptive life, and appear to be honest and righteous but when inside, they are rotten.
Archbishop Emeritus on the other hand, has proved to us that it is possible for any man to fall into the trap of lust of the fresh, or lust of the eyes or the pride of this life. He has also showed us that if and when that does happen, take responsibility, own up your mess and fall in the serving hands of JESUS CHRIST for continued regeneration and forgiveness.
Those who are insulting the man of God, making fun of him are just ignorant and worse off. Remember, 1 Chronicles 16:22 “saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm”
Respect the man of God and stop your uncalled for comments. Whatever he is into can only be handled between him and His God who called him.
Archbishop Stanley Ntagali, you are my Hero! I love you and thank you for demonstrating the true character of a christian!
This Writer, Mwalimu Nicholas, is a Jinja based teacher, missionary and pastor.
The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect our editorial stance.