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March 05, 2005

Sudan: Where to Begin?

Hotel Rwanda.jpgMy wife and I saw Hotel Rwanda recently, and afterward, we both felt like we'd been punched in the gut. We began talking about the genocide going on in Sudan right now and wondering: What can be done?

Here are some things I've found that I want to share so that others can explore them further as well:

What is God putting on your heart to do? God help us if we think "That's too bad about that genocide" and go back to watching television and do nothing to save lives in Sudan.

Posted by Steve K. at March 5, 2005 03:30 PM

Comments

Steve,

Thanks for the link. What a terrible statement that our response to Darfur is shaping up to be not much different than Joaquim Phoenix's line from "Hotel Rwanda" that you reference here. Africa seems so far away and so distant from our own lives.

Furthermore, in my experience, a great deal of Christian apathy stems from the fact that human actions are causing these tragedies - war, AIDS, subjugation of women, etc. We're willing to help if an "act of God" brings devestation - as well we should - but it is quite another story when distant people suffer because of their own actions or the sins of others. You see, it's their fault now. You know those Africans - always killing each other and sleeping around. Genocide and AIDS - those are their problems brought about by their sin.

I applaud your efforts to educate yourself and others. I also appreciate that your heart is tender to the things that pain God. Use that pain to spur you into action - and don't quit talking about it, long after the rest of the world has quit listening. God bless -

Steven

Posted by: Steven Nicholson [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 8, 2005 11:25 AM

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