A “Nation is not Christian by declaration, but by deeds”, is the key message of the Christian Church leaders. This is the central message in this Statement. This was in response to President Chiluba’s unilateral declaration of Zambia as a Christian Nation.
The legitimacy of any public pronouncement and policy depends on the quality of consultations done prior to the announcement. It also requires a time of preparing the Nation so that citizens understand what they are getting into. In the declaration of Zambia as a Christian Nation, these elements were missing. This is why the Church leaders only welcomed the declaration cautiously.
The leaders also voice concern that there should be adequate guarantees that the declaration would not compromise the freedom of conscience and the freedom of worship. The environment where minority groups felt secure and included was to be promoted within the reality of the declaration. The Church leaders hope that the separation of the Church and State, even in the context of the declaration, would remain intact.
16th January 1992