Way Forward for Africa – Part VII

by on Jun.02, 2014, under Faith, Leadership

This is the final part of a seven-part article “Way Forward for Africa”

GOD

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.  -The Serenity Prayer (Reinhold Niebuhr).       

In our African culture, we had a God figure. God: the loving father who created man and presided over the affairs of man. It is also credited to the Greeks who dedicated a statute to unknown God, through their wise analysis (wisdom was Greek’s cup of tea) they come to a conclusion that there must be a God, although they may have not meet with Him physically. The mountains, the rivers, the valleys, the water falls and many more physical features around us informs and reminds us of existence of  a supernatural God.

One thing that Africans need love, yet it is one thing that God has in plenty. The Ethiopians need to love the Eritreans, the South Africans need to love the Nigerians, the Tanzanians need to love the Kenyans and the list is endless. With countries tribes and clans and religions need to love each other, the Kikuyus need to the love that Luos and vice versa; the Christians of Central Africa Republic need to show some love for the Moslems and vice versa. God teaches us love by simplifying it; you are only supposed to love three people: Love your God, Love yourself and Love your neighbour. God demonstrates love to us by offering his only begotten son to die for our sins. God does not only tell us to love, He demonstrates it with his son. This is the kind of love that Africans needs to learn in order to foster co-existence among clans, tribes, religions and nations.

The African continent needs to improve its accountability record. God loves accountability, He is our accountability partner, that is, He takes stock of all our deeds and in return He is preparing a reward or a punishment depending on our deeds. This is neither a job that police can do nor the CCTV cameras. It is only God that can watch both our deeds and our intentions.  The best part is that God is not only looking out for our mistake to punish us, He is a loving father who looks out for every opportunity to bless us.

I want to believe that all countries in Africa have the following laws as part of their constitutions; they may not be worded as they appear here.

  • You shall not steal
  • You shall not murder
  • You shall not give false testimony against your neighbour.

Breaking any of these laws is a criminal offence, so we should remember that the same God who said that you shall not steal, He also said that ‘you shall have no other gods or you shall not make for yourself an idol in form of anything …’ The same God who said ‘You shall not murder’, is the same God who said ‘Remember the Sabbath day, by keeping it holy. The problem Africans and the rest world faces is partial fulfilment of God’s standards. He is the same God who said that, ‘You shall not covet your neighbour’s wife… or anything that belongs to your neighbour’. The root of our problems in Africa is covetousness, we shall murder because of this, we shall give false testimony because of this etc.

It is my suggestion that Africa should obey God’s law in totality to enhance good relationship between the dwellers of this continent. Believing in God has no room for idleness; it only propels you to discover yourself and your position in the world. These are the seeds for developing a loving and a prosperous continent.

It has been more than 200 years since enlightenment age visited upon us. Its central argument was that the removal of God at the centre of human systems will create a throne for reason and science, which are the ultimate achievements for man. I think it is not too early to conclude that the past 200 years have not resulted in a joyous, peaceful, loving and safe world. On the contrary the opposite of this is on every street on earth. Maybe it is time to reconsider the place of God in our life: place Him at the centre.

Africa your only need is the “will to act”, you have what it takes, you have the means.

The end of the seven-part-article, it is my hope that you now know what to do for Africa, please act.

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