Monday, 26 January 2009

A Rare Perspective on God and Africa

This is for my little sister, who lives and breathes Africa and its beautiful, amazing people:
As an Atheist, I Truly Believe Africa Needs God
Matthew Parris - Times Online

3 comments:

patrick said...

i really like this:

"Removing Christian evangelism from the African equation may leave the continent at the mercy of a malign fusion of Nike, the witch doctor, the mobile phone and the machete."

unfortunately, this reminds me too much of the thinking among people who see lives transformed by the gospel: "it's good for them--they need it; but i'm okay with what i've got."

janelle said...

like patrick, i think this author is impressed with the transforming power of the gospel but somehow thinks he has no need to be so transformed.
i love his observations, however; the gospel does shatter fear, Christ does give people reason to stand tall, the beauty of christian peace is an awesome testimony in a dark world.
it's beautiful individually and it's breathtaking collectively (not that i think people can know God collectively, God is intensely personal and each person must meet Him for him or her self).
when i was in zambia, many travelers would stop and seek rest at or near mission stations. no wonder. the missionaries i met were generous, selfless, caring people - they spent their time, money and lives sharing the message of Jesus and living life the way He taught it. their christianity, i think, was more visible than christianity here in north america. here, we ferret it away and sneak it into church on sunday mornings. in zambia, it was the very heartbeat and lifeblood of every day experience. messages that are preached from the pulpit in canada are actually put into vivid practice in zambia ... and the result, as Matthew Parris admits, is irresistable.
thanks for posting this, jennypo!

jennypo said...

Yes, the need for God is just as great, and maybe greater, here in North America - but the mass-mediated God we are so ubiquitously presented with here is an oppressor, not a liberator. Maybe the Africans should send their missionaries here - !