Cross thoughts: Christian ideas seen in Sudanese every day life.
We have a saying where I live in England that means something like this:
“Every problem can be settled when the people involved will sit down together and talk, while drinking a cup of tea”.
There are so many tea ladies across Sudan. Perhaps there is hope for a genuine and lasting peace in this great land?
Every human being is equal to every other human being. We all need to drink in order to live. Clean water is the most basic need of everybody. One value of drinking tea is that the boiling of the water will kill most of the bugs in the water.
We all need protection from water-borne diseases. We all need to drink in order to live. Sitting drinking tea shows us our humanity and it shows our unity in that humanity.
When people who believe different things can sit together to take their refreshment it means a great deal. Drinking, and especially clean drinking, provides us all with human life. Starting from that baseline all the problems which divide us can be explained, discussed and resolved.
Every human being takes his or her place as an equal person, all below Almighty Creator God.
See Isaiah 40:18-31.
Our human needs for food and drink were and are met by God in the mighty resources of creation and nature.
See Genesis1: 26-31.
We must share all God-given resources so that all our fellow human beings will benefit from them, as God intends.
See 2 Corinthians 8:1-15.
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost”, Luke 19:1-10.