frgavin on May 13th, 2008

Last Saturday I had a great morning listening to Peter Pollock, one of South Africa’s cricket greats, speakinf at a Christian men’s breakfast.  One comment he made impressed me enormously.

When speaking of the choices that we have once we committ ourselves to the Lord Jesus is that of truth.  His illustrations were of the businessman/teacher/priest who comming to amoment of serius committment has a simple choice of continuing with life just as it had been before or makinf some changes to the way of living – in a word following Jesus.

Being a priest myself i was struck by the suggestion that what we need in this land as a good start for the Christians is Truth.  To simply conduct our lives, busines whatever thruthfully.  I assume that it would also suggest to us of the Pastor/clergy type to make a call for the Truth.

It was of concern for me when I found that the next morning I had received the “Ad Laos” letter from the new Archbishop of Cape Town with the following section included:

Let me end with a few words about Zimbabwe.  Following my statement two weeks ago, in which I called for an arms embargo, I was invited to a private meeting with President Mbeki on 27 April.  In over two hours, he gave me an extensive briefing about his long and arduous task as mediator, and the lengthy road that had to be travelled even to enable the first round of elections to go ahead in relative freedom and peace.  Though we may not always agree with his handling of the situation, he certainly deserves the prayers of the Church in support not only of all that will bring a just and fair conclusion to the electoral process, and, even more important, of all that will allow the people of Zimbabwe to move into an era of greater freedom and flourishing.

The people of Zimbabwe have been so battered and bruised, and now suffer terrible uncertainties.  Please keep them in your prayers, and, where you can, show the love of Christ to these neighbours of ours, so many of whom have been forced to leave their country.  We know that there are unlikely to be swift and easy answers, but as a Church we shall continue to affirm and encourage all that can lead to a lasting, just, and peaceful solution.  We hold Zimbabwe’s leaders responsible for ensuring the security and well-being of all their citizens, just as we expect the leaders of SADC and the African Union to play their part in upholding democracy and good governance.  And most of all, we pray for the God of love to bring an end to the poverty, hunger, suffering and conflict within Zimbabwe. As I said in my Charge, at my Installation, I am committed to working and praying for ‘an Africa without conflict’ where everyone is able to hear Christ’s words ‘Peace be with you.’  I ask you to join me in this prayer.”

What worries me is that there was no request demand for the truth of an election lost by Robert Mugabe to be truthfully recognised and declared by his neighbours to be so since there is not way that a runoff is going to happen in any way fair and freely.

I would have hoped for at least the call for alittle truth.

Gavin M

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