Sweet Liberia

LIBERIA HAS BEEN in the news lately. Horrific images of the suffering demand prayers for healing. Sadly, Liberia is the current actor on a blood-drenched stage where many other actors have played out scenes over the years, with no finale. Liberia, Sierra Leone, Congo, Rwanda, Angola, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Somalia, are some of the names in a long list of players in the tragedy.

But recognizing that Africa is suffering from insurrection, war, poverty, and disease is not to say that the history of Africa is one of unmitigated tragedy, or that its future must be. The fact that there are bad actors doing bad things does not mean that no one is capable of good. The truth is that the majority of people in Africa, like people everywhere, love their families and neighbors, seek and work to bring economic development to their communities, and are working to form a peaceful civil society in today's globalized world.

Moved by the Spirit in Kenya
August 4, 2003

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