Hervey Bay Presbyterian Church

A Nation Repents Before God

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Uganda’s Independence,

President Yoweri Museveni
President Yoweri Museveni

publicly repented of his personal sins and of the sins of the nation:

“Father in Heaven, today we stand here as Ugandans, to thank You for Uganda. We are proud that we are Ugandans and Africans. We thank You for all Your goodness to us. I stand here today to close the evil past and especially in the last 50 years of our national leadership history and at the threshold of a new dispensation in the life of this nation. I stand here on my own behalf and on behalf of my predecessors to repent. We ask for Your forgiveness.

“Forgive our sins of pride, tribalism and sectarianism; sins of laziness, indifference and irresponsibility, sins of corruption and bribery that have eroded our national resources; sins of sexual immorality, drunkenness and debauchery; sins of unforgiveness, bitterness, hatred and revenge; sins of injustice, oppression and exploitation; sins of rebellion, insubordination, strife and conflict.

“We pray for prosperity and transformation. Deliver us from ignorance, poverty and disease. As leaders, give us wisdom to help lead our people into political, social and economic transformation.

“We want to dedicate this nation to You so that You will be our God and Guide. We want Uganda to be known as a nation that fears God and as a nations whose foundations are firmly rooted in righteousness and justice, to fulfil what the Bible says in Psalm 33:12: ‘Blessed is the nation, whose God is the Lord. A people You have chosen as Your own.’

“I renounce all the evil foundations and covenants that were laid in idolatry and witchcraft. I renounce all the satanic influence on this nation. I hereby Covenant Uganda to You, to walk in Your ways and experience all Your blessings forever….

The churches in Uganda suffered severe persecution under the Muslim dictatorship of Idi Amin, who seized power in the Military Coup of 1971. Hundreds-of-thousands of Christians were slaughtered under Idi Amin’s brutal wave of terror which was described in books and films as The Ugandan Holocaust.

Operation World reports revival and growth from 1986 onwards with widespread prayer movements, and a strong Evangelical presence in the Church of Uganda: “making Uganda one of the most truly Christian nations in the world, with church attendance high and public prayer common, even the government and judicial buildings.

Alexander MacKay
Alexander MacKay

“Pentecostal and Charismatic growth in the last 20 years is remarkable. The fastest growing churches in Uganda are almost all from this background – from mega churches of 15,000 to house and storefront churches. The spiritual fervour and expectation see transformational efforts – in Kampala, crime rates have fallen and it is estimated that more than half the population attend Evangelically orientated services.”

Uganda has tremendous agricultural potential, with most of the land very fertile and well watered. The climate is temperate in the highlands.

The 2010 edition of Operation World reports that of 28 million people, 84% of Ugandans are officially Christian. There are 14,600 Anglican congregations in Uganda, comprising over 5 million members and over 12 million adherents. 37% of Ugandans are Evangelicals, 19% Charismatics, and 5.7% Pentecostals.

Photo: Operation World reports revival and growth from 1986 onwards with widespread prayer movements, and a strong Evangelical presence in the Church of Uganda: "making Uganda one of the most truly Christian nations in the world, with church attendance high and public prayer common, even the government and judicial buildings.
Fertile Uganda plains

Despite the devastation of the Amin and Obote dictatorships, warfare on their borders in the Congo, Sudan and Rwanda, and the terrorism of the Muslim-supported Lords Resistance Army (LRA) the government in Uganda has succeeded in introducing multiparty elections, a free enterprise system and a free press.

Stanley wrote and urged for missionaries to come to help evangelise and disciple Uganda. The Church of England sent out a series of teams, including the very successful Alexander Mackay, who Stanley described as the best missionary Africa had seen since Dr. David Livingstone. The church in Uganda grew dramatically, and today the Anglican Church of Uganda is one of the largest in the world.

P.S.  An interesting note:  Wikipedia states:

“His tenure has also witnessed one of the most effective national responses to HIV/AIDS in Africa.”

Uganda has seen a tremendous return to family values and faithfulness in marriage.   This fact is not recorded by popular media outlets.

In the mid-to-late 1990s, Museveni was lauded by the West as part of a new generation of African leaders.

And yet, there is a veiled attempt to tarnish his person by labelling him as a “fundamentalist Christian”. One can one wonder why.  Maybe because he maintains that “gay relationships were against God’s will.”

Pray for this nation.  And pray for our nation!

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