Saturday, January 31, 2009

African Nations Must not look to Obama for their Salvation

Reflecting recently on the ongoing civil feuds within several African nations at present, the seemingly endless fighting that begs for long-term solutions so that peace and the enduring spirit of the citizens can prevail, I have not lost any conviction that this peace lies solely within the peoples of these countries seeking God's will for their nation. African countries (such as Kenya) cannot continue to look to America as their Redeemer, especially so now with President Barack ("bless" in Arabic) Obama and what he has no doubt done for the black mindset in all the African diaspora.  The inauguration was a very moving and well-done event, for sure, but Obama will not be different than any other U.S. President in the area of seeking first the interests of America in foreign policy.

These thoughts (and they are by no means mine alone) have led me to remember the beginning of Steven Curtis Chapman's song Heaven in the Real World, where you hear a pastor saying over the din of news reports of violence and death:
"I feel demoralized by the decay I see around me...our hope is not in who governs us, what laws are passed, or what great things we do as a nation--our hope is in reality of Christ Jesus entering the hearts and minds of people."

When I read such articles as "Africa: Obama's Three Objectives for the Continent" and the more recent "Africa: Obama Inauguration Sparks Celebrations in Washington" (http://allafrica.com/stories/200901230892.html), I get wary about underdeveloped countries still very much infiltrated with corrupt officials at the top placing hopes for change in their own countries because of a minority like Obama making it to the most powerful/influential office in the world.  I am excited to see what new policies he carries forth onto the international scene, esp. in helping bring an end to the ongoing genocide in Darfur, but know that he will be no foreign nation's Savior [not even for his father's land of Kenya].  For a true Savior not only saves from the immediate trouble, but has future plans of joy and glory already in place.

1 comment:

Jake and Talia said...

Hmmm. Thanks for all the details you pulled together here...and the main message....It is Jesus who saves!