Would You Accept Dirty Money as a Church Leader?

“My sincere advice to church leaders [in Uganda] is that their acceptance of money from politicians should be conditional upon politicians being good and clean leaders. If not, church leaders should reject the dirty money for the good of human rights, justice, peace and democracy.”

In its August 17, 2015 edition, the Daily Monitor reported these words from Daniel Omara Atubo, former Otuke County MP and Lands, Housing and Urban Development Minister, who was speaking at a press conference in Lira Town of the upcoming general elections in Uganda.

How will church leaders respond? How many are able to reject “dirty money” from politicians, having possibly been influenced by the positive witness of Ugandan leaders of integrity like Dickens Zziwa Ssenyonjo and Martin Lwanga, both of our own Africa Christian Outreach Ministry.

Former MP Daniel Atubo went on to say that rejecting bribery would promote good governance and democracy. Unfortunately, Atubo added, “some church leaders are being bribed in order for the givers to win in 2016 elections.” Such church leaders are “undermining their own credibility,” Atubo concluded, “which is bad for democracy, good governance and stability.”

Now you can see why we continue the work of Africa Christian Outreach in Uganda. As you know, Christian Post and other  publications target Uganda’s leaders in an attempt to encourage dialogue about Christian values and witness in government in society.

But what’s your thought? What experiences can you share about living out Christ’s commands in daily politics, business, education – wherever? What ideas do you have to influence our leaders in transforming ways?