Monday, May 19, 2008

"It is good"?

The creation story in Genesis 1 was probably written after Judah's return from exile. They had reason to hate their oppressors and to distrust any people other than their own.

But they then tell this story, not one which explains how God created, but that God created. It is a story of unison, fellowship, interaction. As things work together in creation, things that are completely different but essential for the smooth running of God's order, so God looks at creation and says "It is good".

I wonder what God is saying when God sees Alexandra? I wonder what God must be thinking when a continent which prides itself to be the bastion of social cohesion - Ubuntu - displays everything but respect for human life?

Paul writes to a congregation in Corinth, segregated by doctrinal emphases, and states: "I plead with you...live in peace."

God bless Africa
Guard her children
Guide her leaders
Give her peace.