In “Why tiny Gambia’s political transition holds outsized meaning for many Africans” The Christian Science Monitor reports that the first change in president in over 22 years for the small African country of Gambia has bigger implications for the continent of more than 1.2 billion people. As soon as the outgoing president left the country, Twitter across the continent started trending with the hashtag #LessonsfromGambia—indicating that the transfer of power in this small country could ignite more unseating of long-standing rulers. “But if the departure of Mr. Jammeh—who had ruled the tiny country buried inside Senegal since taking office in a 1994 military coup—provoked many congratulations, equally exciting for Africa’s Twitterati was how it had happened. The Gambia’s transition was made possible in large part by the deft intervention of its neighbors in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), who over the past two months have shuffled between negotiations and the threat of military intervention to convince an often recalcitrant Jammeh that he had no choice but to go. On a continent where regional bodies have often failed —by accident and by design—to shelter democracy, that seemed for many here a watershed moment.” The Monitor continues, “Those tweets also speak to the outsized symbolic significance of The Gambia’s transition, which has felt to many in Africa like something far bigger than a changing of the presidential guard in the continent’s smallest mainland country. It seemed at times a warning for other long-standing dictators on the continent, which is home to seven of the world’s 10 longest-serving rulers.”
Ideas on this subject:
From the Bible:
And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the Lord is his treasure.
From the writings of Mary Baker Eddy:
Be firm in your understanding that the divine Mind governs, and that in Science man reflects God’s government.
— Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 393
It is safe to leave with God the government of man. He appoints and He anoints His Truth-bearers, and God is their sure defense and refuge.
— Retrospection and Introspection, pp. 90‒91
Related articles from The Christian Science Journal and the Christian Science Sentinel:
In “Divinely inspired leadership”: “The right leadership inspired by Christian Science involves morality and conformity to the standards of righteousness. It is a mental activity—the reflection of spiritual understanding, wisdom, and intelligence.” And “One who is following God’s direction in his leadership of others exhibits Godlike qualities because, demonstrating the divine Mind, he is not deflected from what is right by mortal mind or the evidence of the material senses. Following God’s leading makes one good, pure, and courageous.”
In “The stability of love”: “We read in Genesis that God made man ‘in his own image;’ that is, as the image or reflection of Love. Man, then, must be constantly expressing Love, living in oneness with his creator and divinely controlled and maintained. He necessarily manifests stability in supply, happiness, and health because of his unity with God. In accepting this spiritual fact, we see that the so-called mortal man, the counterfeit of God’s creation, subject to sin, sorrow, disease, death, is not the spiritual man of God’s creation, whose being is perfect. These false beliefs are unknown to the child of God.” And “The world today greatly needs the lovingkindness which gives generously in understanding and honest friendship; the helpful, constructive thought and spiritual vision; the compassion which is ready to share burdens, and the brotherliness which sees all as children of God; the purity which condemns error, but separates it from the individual. Thus only will be healed the sense of enmity and misunderstanding, hatred and injustice, so evident amongst men and nations. ”
The articles above and others dealing with this subject can be found on JSH-Online.com or on CSMonitor.com.