Today we celebrate Easter Sunday, the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. For Rwandans, it falls at a time when events to commemorate the 15th Genocide against the Tutsi are ongoing. This should send a message that it is possible to triumph against all kinds of trials and tribulations.
The resurrection of Jesus and his sacrifice for the rest of humanity is instructive. In a way it sends a message to those who lost their loved ones that their death was and should not be in vain.
The Christian values of forgiveness and reconciliation should inform the relations between those who suffered and their tormentors. It ought to be a time for people to reflect on their values.
It can be argued that the Genocide against the Tutsi was in part made possible by a lack of values in those who planned and executed the Genocide. Ironically, many who were strong personalities and leaders in the Christian faith participated in the Genocide.
This makes it more important for Rwandans, majority of who are Christians to reflect on their relationship with their leaders in the Church.
Rwandans, who adhere to Christian teachings and are members of the Church, should at all times insist that the pulpit must never again be hijacked and used by wrong elements to sow seeds of hatred.
This is so because of the importance many people attach to the Church and its teachings. It is through such bold moves that hope can be rekindled and a better future forged.