Livingstonia synod rebel clerk Chimwemwe Mhango on Sunday during his church sermon at Kanengo CCAP in Lilongwe emphatically pleaded with the congregation to vote for Malawi’s sole netball export Mwawi Kumwenda in the ongoing international athlete of the year competition.
This was a great departure from usual traditional church sermons from traditional clerics that dwell on salvation, the warning to people to leave sin and be clean before God if they are to enter His kingdom.
Rev Mhango told the largely youthful congregation to use the internet to vote for Kumwenda, the best netballer of her time.
Current data shows she is leading among the other nominated 80 athletes worldwide.
In an interview later, Mhango defended his decision, saying he serves people of different appetites including those that love sports.
“The people we deal with as a church, love sports, watch sports and play sports. Sports is not a sin before God. For Mwawi to be where she is today it is because of God. There is nothing abominable and sinful about sports, even God is proud of sports,” said Mhango.
He said if Mwawi wins, she will put Malawi on world map and this should be cause for pride for all Malawians.
“She cannot be there if we are not there for her,” said Mhango.
He said it is normal to preach issues that affect the everyday life of his congregation apart from salvation and the word of God as the church now becomes the intergral part of the society it serves.