As the festivities dies down, we are reminded of the real challenges that lies ahead, as a church, but also as faith communities, from Africa. The outburst of violence in Kenya, the Taylor trial in The Hague, the assassination of Benazir Bhutto of Pakistan are salutary reminders of the relevance of our mission towards unity, reconciliation and justice.
Social commentators warn that military solutions does not hold promise in the quest for peace. It is indeed at this point where faith communities need to play a key role. The tidings of peace on earth, is a call to own up to our complicity in an imperialist gospel, that aims to destroy the other, but also to commit to action towards challenging this false gospel. It's a call for us as church to practice what we preach. We cannot alienate one another, abuse power and become another predator, fleecing the flock.
This place an imperative on us, towards sound and transparent administration, towards serving the needs of the poor, oppressed and needy. The quest for unification with the NG Kerk, should serve the quest for true justice and healing. Indeed, in a world of death and threats of more bllod on the streets, we need to affirm that....
• that God has revealed himself as the one who wishes to bring about justice
and true peace among people;
• that God, in a world full of injustice and enmity, is in a special way the
God of the destitute, the poor and the wronged
• that God calls the church to follow him in this; for God brings justice to
the oppressed and gives bread to the hungry
(Belhar, Art 4)
This is the gift that we can bring to the world, humbly and faithfully, this year.
- ▼ 2008 (28)