Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC) has urged upon believers to ‘repent past mistakes and evil doings and demonstrate ethics of love for neighbours, peace and goodwill toward everyone that God displayed to humankind through Jesus Christ’.
In the message for peace and goodwill, NBCC general secretary Rev Dr Zelhou Keyho appealed to celebrate the birth of Jesus, which brought hope, love, peace, reconciliation and justice to a broken world, instead of getting caught up in festivity, celebration and merry making, according to Nagaland Post.
Referring to the recent Riven Honda showroom shooting incident and in particular, the Aoyim Baptist Church extortion case, Keyho said it was unfortunate and disheartening that church workers continued to be intimidated and threatened till date.
Keyho said society could not go on like this and pointed out that these were all manifestations that the society was sinking from bad to worse, where even the church was not spared from taxation.
Keyho also said people live in tension and in an uncertain state due to intimidation, extortion and corruption and called upon all to desist from such practices.
He said the ‘spirit of Christmas must lead us to look out for one another and shun any form of manipulative spirit born out of self interest’.
The NBCC general secretary also called upon all stakeholders in society to uphold cooperation and collaboration over confrontation and conflict of all sorts.