The Church remains a solid institution in our society. Throughout the ages, the church has withstood all sorts of turbulences including wars, internal splits, and recessions have continued to be an influential institution that shapes the character of our societies.
The bedrock of the church has been its clergy who for centuries have enjoyed extreme popularity and command respectability from communities in which churches operate.
They are viewed in our communities as the custodians of humility, virtue, and righteousness.
But lately, some of these men of God have put their integrity at stake forcing their flock to develop distrust and suspicion in them.
The recent news that a priest from Kigali’s Saint Famille church is under investigation for allegedly embezzling funds meant for Genocide widows stains the very principles for the which the church serves.
For Rwanda, these principles were severely bent or torn part at the height of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi when the temple of God turned into a slaughter house for thousands of its congregation.
The clergy should be concerned with spiritual matters; working tirelessly to restore moral sanity in our communities.
When they abandon the sacrificial life and focus their attention on acquiring more mundane goods, they cease to serve any purpose within the church.
Such materialistic tendencies put the men of God under the spotlight and questions their integrity and moral standing in fulfilling the spiritual call of the church.
A pastor or priest who seems inseparable from the materialistic world should simply revoke his/her church vows and return to ordinary life.
The church remains a sacred place and is governed by people with of high esteem and morals.
Otherwise their ill acts continue to cost the church its flock.