Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Pray for Zimbabwe

On aldaily.com I found a link to this horrifying story of what's been happening in the nation of Zimbabwe. It's a long, terrifying article.

Imagine living with such inflation that prices change multiple times a day. Imagine living in a country where most of the able-bodied adults have left. Imagine living in a country where the life expectancy has dropped by 26 years since 1990.

Read the article. Also pray for Zimbabwe.

Here are some lessons to learn from this situation:
1. Education doesn't solve problems of the heart. When you educate an evil man, he becomes more dangerous.
2. Other nations will rarely interfere when a government destroys its own nation.
3. Civilization is sometimes just a thin veneer. There's an evil that burns in the hearts of people.
4. Sometimes it seems that everything good is lost, that there's no hope. Yet as Christians, we know there's always hope.

    When evil rules and virtue hides
    And terror's strong on every side,
    When even thinking makes one shake
    With horror at death's growing stake,

    When all the best can do is wait
    For judgment on a ruthless state
    That persecutes all righteousness
    And honors gods of wickedness,

    The Lord is still alive and well.
    He has prepared his burning hell
    For those who glory in their shame,
    But saves all those who trust his Name.

I heard, and I trembled within;
my lips quivered at the sound.
Rottenness entered my bones;
I trembled where I stood.
Now I must quietly wait for the day of distress
to come against the people invading us.

--Habakkuk 3:16, HCSB

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