Rev. Dr. V. K. Nuh
A “covenant” is a mutual agreement between God and person(s). God and Abraham entered one of such covenant. God declared that He would keep His promise to Abraham and his descendants in the form of an everlasting and divine contract. The outcome of this covenant was the assurance of inheritance of the land of Canaan forever; and more importantly, God becoming the God of Abrahams’ offspring. As a definite evidence for the mutual consent Abraham and his descendants were commanded to circumcise every male member thereof (Genesis 17:7-12).
The religion of Old Testament begun from this Abrahamic covenant, and it became central to the theology of the Old Testament.Throughout the ages, precepts and biblical interpretations were constructed around this motif. The theological concept of covenant became the organizing principle for Christian theology. It opened up the possibility to view the history of God and his dealing with humankind, from creation to Fall to Redemption to Consummation.
The Israelite history of engagement with the “covenant” saw numerous low points for betraying the ancient pact. The Israelitesstubbornly broke their covenant, crimes were committed, verdictswere pronounced through the prophets, and sentences were passed.Consequentially, and that predictably, punishment followed and the nation suffered.
To further clarify our contention, a typical example is of the fiery prophet Elijah, who appeared before King Ahazto admonish the Northern Kingdom of Israel for their wrongdoings. It was a stern warning against the oscillation between the worship ofBaal and Jehovah. This exercise, the worship of two gods, was a direct challenge to the covenant. Therefore, the Lord through Elijah reproached the Israelites: “If the Lord is your God follow him. If Baal is your God worship him.”This generation of Israel forgot their God. That made God angry. The Northern Kingdom was judged, found guilty, and the punishment that followed was the annihilation of the Kingdom.
Coming to the Naga context, do not take me wrong, when I said, PLEBISCITE IS NAGA COVENANT. It is a document that your fathersthrough solemn oath and thumb impression testified Naga country as sovereign on May 5, 1950. Plebiscite was reaffirmed on Naga Republic Day, April 27, 1955. The document reads: “Any person or persons who in order to destroy or undermine the integrity and wellbeing of Nagaland and who for this purposefully act about or set up organization against or oppose the political administration and traditional institution of the nation or an attempt to do so, as whether into or without the aid of another country or countries shall deemed to have committed treason.”
Nonetheless, the sixteen-point agreement was brought against the will of the people. Thereby national covenant was broken. Crime was committed, and consequently, the Naga people suffered. But the promise of the Lord never wavers, for the sake of the covenant. Tens of thousands people shed their precious blood, we cannot play with human blood, every drop of blood cannot be forgotten before God.
The Naga ALEE COMMAND in 1962, while at East Pakistan,stated that,Naga people love peace, but they cannot afford to let their land be occupied by sheer military force of aggression. Furthermore, as long as the invading forces remain, the Nagas are bound to fight. ALLEE CAMMAND’sconviction still stands tall.Thank God, today, our leaders are committed to “talk.” I appeal my dear Nagas to relentlessly pray and support the “peace talk” so that God’s leading hand will see us through to attain our aspiration. Amen!