Friday, April 25, 2008
Prayer Day for Zimbabwe, 27 April
Christians are rising up against Robert Mugabe. First there was some quiet murmurings, now its exploding with Allan Boesak, Desmond Tutu, The Zimbabwean Council of Churches, etc calling for action. The release of the election results is not the issue anymore, nor requesting the cantankerous Robert Mugabe to go. The issue evidently is the fact that we are staring down the possibility of a horrendous humanitarian crisis. Lives of people are at stake. The callous disregard for human lives by the Chinese government in sourcing this illegitimate tyrant with ammunition is shocking, to say the least. It is in this context that we need to heed to the call for a moral outrage, for action towards change in Zimbabwe.
Indeed, the call for political change need to he heard and this is what the Zimbabwean electorate voted for. But Zimbabwe also need ordinary people, lots of them, from Southern Africa, from Africa, from the rest of the world to stand in solidarity with them. Its in this context that we support all the Anglican Church's calls for a world prayer day on Sunday 27 April 2008. (cf Tearfunds call) Churches and ministries, all people of faith need to make it a priority. Put on a Zimbabwean flag, maybe get a Zimbabwean speaker or choir and lets pray for a breakthrough.
There will be further action and its (again) time for people of faith and conscience to rise up with those who are oppressed.
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