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Cross thoughts: Christian ideas seen in Sudanese every day life.

Sudan’s Referendum has brought an enormous challenge to every one of the Sudanese people. How can two new countries be built in rather less than six months? Really they can’t be, but there must be an exceedingly good try!

South Sudan starts from almost nothing, although some efforts have been made while running the interim and autonomous Southern Government since the 2005 Naivasha Peace Agreement was signed.

The Sudan – that is the previously existing Sudan – has been running since independence from Britain (and the Egyptians) back in 1956. Although it has some 50 years more practice at being a Country in its own right, sadly wars have dominated most of those years. Sudan has to learn quickly how to live at peace within and with neighbours, and how to live without a big part of itself.

Psalm 33:12, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance”.

Proverbs 11:14, “For lack of guidance a nation falls, but many advisors make victory sure”. Proverbs 14:34, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people”. Matthew 12:25, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand”.

Romans 13:1, “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities for there is no authority except that which God has established”.

Honour and love God. Live God’s way publicly and in private. Love all people, especially those in particular need. Provide justice. Offer mercy and forgiveness to friend and to enemy alike. Seek everyone’s good. Exemplify Jesus always.

March 2011.


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