BIRYOGO - The Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Rwanda, Emmanuel Kolini, has called for massive sensitisation of educationists to help eradicate genocide ideology in schools. In his Christmas sermon to hundreds of believers at St Etienne Cathedral in Biryogo yesterday, Kolini said genocide ideology is a distinct belief that should be subjected to serious measures. He said: “First, it should be the teachers to be sensitised because reports show that it’s rampant in schools. Teachers have to be taught not to shy away from speaking the dangerous effects of this ideology.”
His remarks follow a recent parliamentary probe report which revealed alarming cases of genocide ideology in different schools.
Quoting the Bible, Kolini said that blessings are all about love. Those who don’t love, he said, are categorised as killers.
He said that churches have already started the fight against genocide ideology through preaching to the people, getting them saved and accepting Jesus as their personal Savior.
Elsewhere, Pastor Paul Gitwaza of Zion Temple, urged his congregation to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ with in accordance with the Biblical teachings.
“On Christmas celebrations Christians should spend their time with orphans, helpless and the poor since the Lord tells us to love them,” Gitwaza advised. He said that Jesus was born to a poor family to show people that God loves the poor and the obedient.
He remarked that true Christians should also emulate God’s love to all classes of people.
“Christians ought to change the history of this country by loving to forgive those who trespass against them than creating hatred amongst them,” he added.
He warned that as countries develop some people continue backsliding, yet development should reflect peoples’ yearning for God’s word.
At St Michael Cathedral, the Archbishop of Kigali Archdiocese Thadée Ntihinyurwa, urged the Christian community to always desire for unity and friendship since God’s love is manifested through the oneness of his people.
And at the Christian Life Assembly (CLA), Sherry Komant, the wife of the senior pastor, told worshippers on the Christmas Eve: “We need to celebrate Jusus’ salvation with complete spiritual renewal”
Believers around the country thronged worship places to celebrate Christmas, with some spending nights while praying at churches.