I have commented twice previously on the present dangers in Kenya and how the instability there poses real threats to all of Africa in general.
I have also expressed great concern for the Church in Kenya. My first concern, as a Christian, is always for the Church of Jesus Christ. In today’s email I heard once again from my pastor-friend James Waiya:
I write to you again to let you know that I forgot to inform you that my
sister and my brothers’ families are victims of the crashes (violence) and are
living in the displaced peoples’ centers without food, only having the clothes they
had worn and nothing else. They have only what they managed to run away with. Their
houses were burnt and have to start life new. Please pray for them also.
So, the real life toll in the lives of the people caught in these political tragedies grows as we see the news pushed to page eight, and a small report, in my newspaper.
Americans really do focus on "their" issues and care far too little about the rest of the world. If these things were happening here (e.g., Katrina, 9/11, immigration issues, etc.) we would be deeply exercised about them. When believers from other countries visit in my home and see the way the U. S. reports the news, pushing most of the world to the back pages, they almost always comment to me about this tendency. I fear that they have profoundly noticed how narcissistic we really are. Christians should, in the very best sense, rise above this mono-vision of the world if they are committed to a missional/kingdom perspective. The gospel is for all people and all nations, not just us.