Today , the Republic of Namibia is 25 years old! We have much to be thankful for
Having been born in this country and having begun my pastoral ministry in Windhoek at the beginning of 1990, three months before Namibia was constituted as an independent Republic, I have been privileged to see 25 years of progress and peace in Namibia.
We thank God for political stability. We thank God for 25 years in which the people of Namibia have been able to participate in the privileges of citizenship, a privilege which was formerly denied them under South African rule.
We pray that as our 3rd president, Dr Hage Geingob is sworn in today , we may continue to experience peace and stability, such as we have known.
Our prayer also is that the Namibian church may take her calling to be the church of the Lord Jesus Christ seriously in the days ahead , and that she would fulfill her pastoral and prophetic role in Namibia. A country can only be stable if her citizens learn to live under authority . The primary authority we refer to is the God who has made the heavens and the earth (Acts 4:24). God has instituted the authority of the governing authorities( Romans 13:1-7) . He has ordained that civil society ought to live humbly under the rule of God, who gives us the kind of leaders we ask for. God fearing, moral , responsible leaders are a blessing from God , for they do much under God to prevent all sorts of evils that would undermine the moral fibre of our society.
So then, far from resting on our laurels let us learn to encourage our leaders in the future by regularly praying for them, and by regularly reminding them that there is a God in heaven to whom all earthly authority must one day give an account (Philippians 2:9,19) . Let our churches help our political leaders by raising up God fearing people and citizens by the faithful preaching of the Word of God.
People that fear God will be positive, constructive citizens which will make a land governable and biblically prosperous.