Editorial and commentary

You have no right to judge others

By Opio Jackson

Whichever one of you has committed no sin may throw the stone first at her; Jesus told the Pharisees who brought in a woman who had been caught committing adultery.

But Jesus has demonstrated to them that the practice of mercy can restore people to their rightful place than the strict use of the Law.

In a similar way, those who bored the brunt of the South Sudan’s five-year conflict which has  ended some months ago with the signing of the Revitalized-peace agreement; may still find it hard to let the past go.

Some of the survivors might opt for revenge which should not happen.

However, the most important thing one should know is that there is no justice without forgiveness. We should forgive each other in order to get justice at hand. Here we are all called to exercise the power to forgive one another so that we live a peaceful life.

In the story of the woman caught in making adultery, Jesus has shown to us that we are all sinners. Secondly, he demonstrated it to us, how the Pharisees related the Scripture in the way that condemned human rather than serving their relationship with God.

As the country which has more than 80 percent of its population is Christian, we should understand the Christology and apply it in our daily lives. Unlike The Pharisees who claimed to have a better relationship with God and yet they lack mercy to their fellow citizens.

It is good news that South Sudan’s leaders who are signatories to the revitalized peace agreement are set to travel to the Vatican for spiritual retreat. Leaders should use this opportunity to build trust among them and that trust will in turn restore unity among the citizens

Approximately, it is only one month and some days left to the formation of the Revitalized-Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU). It is our prayer that the leaders should use this recollection in the Vatican to open up a new chapter for them then the citizens will follow.Unless we admit our own fault we shall always be pointing figures at each other which cannot help in a nation building.

We should not be like a Pharisee who went to the temple to pray. The Bible says instead of humbling himself before God the man stood by himself and prayed: ‘I thank you, God, that I am not a sinner like everyone else. For I don’t cheat, I don’t sin, and I don’t commit adultery. I’m certainly not like that tax collector! I fast twice a week, and I give you a tenth of my income.’

The leaders while in Vatican need to humble themselves to receive God’s blessings and mercy. They should all admit their mistakes and forgive the wrongs committed against the citizens. Despite the horrible things that might have happened during the conflict, the citizens will get the courage to forgive them and begin a new life.

According to the Bible, we are called to admit the fact we are all sinners, like the woman who was caught in adultery. We have each transgressed the Law in the eyes of God and are therefore in no position to have right to judge others.


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