Articles accompanying the book
INAUGURAL ADDRESS OF PRESIDENT CHILUBA, ZAMBIA
GIVEN 'AT THE PILLAR' ACCORDING TO 2 KINGS 23:3,
'As you might remember, my first function after I was sworn in as the President of Zambia was to pray to my Heavenly Father. That was not just a part of the ceremony, but it was a prayer of thankfulness born out of my personal convictions that the change we have witnessed in Zambia in 1991 has only been possible because of the grace of God. It is therefore only natural that we have this solemn occasion here today, whereby I - on behalf of the Zambian nation - enter into a covenant with the one true God, whose love and saving grace is revealed in God the Son, Jesus Christ. I personally testify to the mighty saving power of Jesus Christ, who said in John 14:6, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the father accept through me.'
'When we talk about entering into a covenant with God as a nation, then
it is only possible because God took the first initiative by sending Jesus
to die for the sins of the world. Jesus established a new covenant through
the shedding of his blood. Jesus says in Luke 22:20, 'This cup is the
new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.' It is only on
the basis of the blood of Jesus atoning for our sins that we can approach
'You have heard me before compare the nation with a sick person. I have
said: 'We are sick and weak, but we are still alive. And we are determined
to get well again.' Today I want to say to all of you: We need God to
heal our land! I will therefore now do my part of the covenant, as I will
identify myself with the Zambian nation in the following prayer:
'On behalf of the nation I have now entered into a covenant with the
living God, and therefore I want to make the following declaration:
'My fellow Zambians, let this message reach all civil servants in all government departments. The time of corruption and bribery is over. For too long these wicked practices have been destroying and tearing down the nation. Now the hour has come for building up. The hour has come for stability. Proverbs 29:4 declares that one who is greedy for bribes tears down the nation, but by justice a king - or a president - gives a country stability. The book of Romans, 13:11, urges us to understand the present time as the hour has come for us to wake up from our slumber, because our salvation is near. The night is nearly over and the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.
'My fellow Zambians. A new dawn has come to Zambia. May God bless us and help us all to live according to his Righteous Law.'