Saturday, July 9, 2011
South Sudan's First Independence Day....
The day has finally arrived and all the various peoples across southern Sudan and in the worldwide diaspora are celebrating the official breakaway of South Sudan from its oppressive northern counterpart. Once Africa's largest nation now splits in two, though anyone keen on studying the history of the nation and the government's primary strategy of divide and rule will quickly tell you that other marginalized peoples in the nation hold similar seccessionist aspirations.
Thandi and I were blessed to at least celebrate this big day with two southern Sudanese friends here in Bellingham, and sought to be very intentional in praying on behalf of the leaders of this young, undeveloped nation. While we observed other American friends present and asking questions about the way forward for Juba (the South's capital), we intervened in the debate over the importance of a clear constitution, accountability within the government, diversification of the national budget, investment in education, etc. and declared the supreme importance of joining with God's eternal purposes for this great land and its glorious peoples by submitting the way forward in prayer and trusting He will raise up the right leaders who recognize they are only there by God's sovereignty and their authority is given only by Him, whereby they will be held accountable to Him as they are commissioned to steward the land and its resources--and for the revelation that HUMANS are by far the most important resource in building a nation and ushering in true, creative development. And for all the people, no matter their background, to know the Lord's desire for relationship with them, that He may lavish His love and purpose upon them, receiving the call He has on their very valuable lives.
I also wanted to share some of my thoughts on how this popular vote for secession in South Sudan relates to all the revolutions that the masses have initiated across the Arab world, and particularly about what is going on in Libya right now. Soon to come....inshallah