Christ is Risen! Alleluia!
When you read this our country will be preparing for the “reign” of its 6th parliament and will know how many seats each political party holds. The consensus is that the country is nothing like the country we envisaged in 1994, and sadly we lack the maturity that we should have as a democracy. What concerns me is that the victims of the failure of the State are the ones who get caught up in the incited violent protests, and those that we should be truly listening to, are discredited for the “way” that they give voice to their disillusionment. The low standard of education and the slow economic development are a recipe for the predicament we find ourselves in.
I know that as a Church we need to be doing so much more in terms of social development in this country, and hence my commitment to the NGO sector involved in Community Welfare and the Environment. In both sectors I hope to lead our local organizations to focus more on sustainable development. Social outreach must mean community development and our projects through Kingsburgh Child & Family Welfare must take a more proactive approach to upliftment. The plastic crisis provides a huge opportunity for product development from the most renewable resource currently available on the planet. On Monday I am attending a Think Tank on Plastic management for the South Coast.
The Theology behind my emphasis in this is that we are the people of the Resurrection called not just to believe, but to put into action what we believe. We are called to be the light of the world, bringing the light of Christ into the darkness of this world. Again, I ask you to tune your ears to the voice of God. What is God saying through the hurting, the poor, and the disenfranchised? As we read through Daniel at present, we hear how God dealt with the rulers of Persia who subjugated His people and grew arrogant. We need to continue to be a people of hope bringing the Hope of the resurrected Lord into every aspect of life. Let us not put our trust in princes, (politicians) but in God. Putting our trust means acting in faith in what God is doing and not being affected by the failures of humankind to rule itself fairly and efficiently. Of course, this means looking past people’s mistakes and inadequacies and working with each other to build a country on Kingdom values.
Be assured of my prayers.