Kohima, March 13: Former Nagaland PCC president and MLA K.V. Pusa said as all human beings had weaknesses, politicians, who were always in the line of fire for corruption and lack of honesty, were no exceptions.
Speaking at the Nagaland Day of Prayer and Fasting organised by Nagaland Baptist Church Council here last evening, Pusa, however, argued that it was not that only politicians faced corruption charges. The people, and even spiritual leaders, could be tempted at times to commit such sins. “There are three different types of worldly sins, as cited in 1John 2:16 — lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and pride of life,” said the Congress leader, quoting the Holy Gospel.
He urged the Naga people to pray for those in authority so that they may humble themselves not only before God, but also before men, and added that in most instances, abuse of authority takes place when those in authority override the rights of those under them.
Pusa said according to the Bible, greatness comes from serving and not from ruling. Quoting from Mathew 23:11, he said: “But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.”
He said if the people in authority, be it in politics, the church or any other organised institution, had this servant-of-the-people attitude rather than ruler-of-the-people attitude, society would be far better off than it was now.
Quoting from 1Timothy 2:1-3, he said: “First of all, then, I urge that requests, prayers, intercessions, and thanks be offered on behalf of all people, even for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. Such prayer for all is good and welcomed before God our Saviour.”
He said when those in authority do their part in fear of God the whole community would be able to enjoy a quiet life of peace where there would be godliness and honesty.
He said the reason why Nagas were not united was because leaders were not humbling themselves before one another.
“Let us pray that all our people, especially those in authority in different political organisations, will humble themselves. This will not only result in our unity but it will also surely solve our protracted political problems,” he said.