The term Alpha and Omega comes from the phrase “I am the alpha and the omega” an appellation of Jesus in the Book of Revelation (verses 1:8, 21:6, and 22:13). Alpha and Omega are also the first and last letters, respectively, of the classical (Ionic) Greek alphabet. Among other significances of Jesus being the “Alpha and Omega” is that He was at the beginning of all things and will be at the close. Christ, as the Alpha and Omega, is the first and last in so many ways. He is the “author and finisher” of our faith (Hebrews 12:2), signifying that He begins it and carries it through to completion. Unless our faith is rooted in Christ, it can have no future and of course, no meaning.
As we conclude 2017, a question for all believers should be “where am I” in Him, through Him and with Him? If Christ is the Center of our life, we should ask how we have fared in 2017 with Him and how we are crossing to 2018. There are many social, economic and political issues that can haunt us As 2017 Ends. We have the obligation to analyze those issues with a Christian perspective. Christ being our Alpha and Omega should help us end the year with Him and start a new one with Him, as well.
The November/December issue presents several topics for reflection As 2017 Ends. One among them is the situation of Human Rights in Africa. Though there are some who have shown true ingredients of democracy and improvement of Human Rights, we still lag behind and have nothing to brag about. Uganda is heated by the Age Limit Amendment Bill, while Kenya is still struggling with elections raising a lot of dust that hosts violence and confusion. Ugandan MPs are given UGX 28 million each to consult their own constituencies on the Age Limit, while doctors are on strike for salary increment and lack of proper facilitation in hospitals.
To pay UGX 28 million each to MPs to pass a bill, while ignoring health facilities is absurd, to say the least. This is questionable first and foremost from the Christian perspective. If the Christian value of Alpha and Omega has no relevance in our daily life, then the life of the nation is in a dangerous route. No wonder Human Rights situation in many African countries is backsliding. In a Christian perspective, we can’t accept a nation where few are full to the brim and the majority downtrodden.
Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist sings, ‘’a Mighty Savior is born of the house of his servant David. to save us from our enemies’’ (Luke 1:69-71). As 2017 Ends, it is good to identify our enemies: both our external and internal enemies. Unfortunately, we often see our external enemies while our eyes are blinded from seeing our internal enemies. Nelson Mandela said, ‘if there is no internal enemy the enemy, from outside can do little harm’. In a Christian view the real enemy is often the internal one: me for myself, you or yourself, etc. The worst enemy is inside each one of us. Our endless grudge, envy, lust, jealousy is the real enemy that hurts the person. Often, we project our internal enemies to external people and events.
As 2017 Ends, we are called to identify our enemies who are destroying us by residing in our thoughts and hearts. Leadership Magazine wishes all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2018.
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