Now what, for Mali?

Posted: April 7, 2012 in Uncategorized
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It was a Facebook posting that caught my attention. One of my Malian friends was praising the Lord that the military junta had agreed to return power to constitutional government in Mali, in a deal negotiated with ECOWAS. The head of the parliamentary government would serve as acting president while plans are made for an election. Meanwhile, what happens now in the north. In a similar news article about the same time descriptions were given of extremist Isalamic groups imposing Muslim law in Timbuktu and the north.

There is a theory called “the butterfly effect.” It suggests that a butterfly can flap its wings on the other side of the world and have an impact such as cause a hurricane on the other side of the world in a week or so. It is one of those propositions that scientists like to debate. So what caused the coup in Mali? Not too many weeks back, President Obama was claimng responsibility for the killing of Qaddafi in Libya. Did the killing of Qaddafi lead to the coup in Mali? I have heard that argument. I am not a politician or a military strategist, so honestly, I have no idea. The bigger question in my mind today is “Now what?”

Will the Tuaregs and Al Qaeda succeed in forming an independent state in the north? Will the world look the other way as Muslim extremists cut off the hands of a criminal and rape women, while at the same time imposing mandatory prayer and observance of Muslim law? What happens to the hundreds of thousands of Malians from the north that have rapidly fled their homes as a few impose their will?

The Bible calls us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. At the same time, I am praying for the peace of Bamako, and all the rest of Mali. There are still unreached and unengaged peoples in that nation. There are starving children. There are unnecessary health issues. What good does it do for us to know the details of every event in the world, unless we respond in love? Baptist Global Response has the means of helping in so many ways, but such limited resources. Go to their website and see how you can help.( A belt of subsahara Africa is facing a hunger crisis. We can make a difference, will we?



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