Two of the important questions that arise from this article are:
How does the fact that I, as a Seventh Day Adventist function as the leader of Zambia? The second one would be: Are there any practices which are associated with the leader of the country that may impact my faith and conduct as a Seventh Day Adventist?
A third may be: How do I strike the balance in being fair to my political supporters ,Seventh Day Adventists and all Zambians as a whole without compromising principle or justice in any way?
These questions are not always easy to answer.
In his case, I would suggest that he spend serious time in praying to God, asking for wisdom on how to conduct the affairs of the state wisely and in a manner that God will be glorified. Not every Zambian or resident in Zambia is a Seventh Day Adventist, but each resident there expects fairness, and justice in all that will be done by this new President.
As regards the hosting of the meeting with the various Ambassadors and High Commissioners from African countries accredited to Zambia, what was the nature of the meeting ? More details would be needed before we can think of accepting or rejecting this course of action .This in turn will lead to another issue: Is it right or wrong to discuss affairs of the state on Sabbath?
The situation with the Hope Channel may be more contentious as the author has pointed out. Again the questions must be asked: What reasons did Hope Channel Zambia advance, for airing the inauguration of a President when the event was already covered by other television stations? Was this to promote his success in the election, was it to show Adventists within Zambia and around the world, that Seventh Day Adventists can occupy important positions of trust within the country and remain faithful to God.? Unless we get answers to these questions, speculation of necessity will be rife.
I think the current president must seek God’s direction in all that He does. He will certainly need this as all eyes will be upon Him, his conduct and the policies which He may implement or endorse. In no instance must he favour or appear to favour Seventh Day Adventists over other denominational groups or other people. He is an Adventist, a fact which cannot be disputed, at the same time he is the leader of a country , to whom the citizens are looking for wise, exemplary and just leadership.
As a side note, I wonder what his life was like while he was the Opposition Leader.