“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)
This quote was highlighted by Rev. Celestin Musekera, President of the African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries (ALARM) during his passionate plea to the Church to pray and actively intervene in the crisis in South Sudan. This statement continues to hold true in this 1st issue of Afroscope in 2014.
First, for our brethren in the Central African Republic and South Sudan who continue to minister and give hope to affected communities in areas of conflict. Our hope is that the Church in Africa continues to support the National Evangelical Fellowships across the continent struggling to serve in the midst of turmoil, in pursuit of peace and reconciliation in their nations.
Secondly, for the “revival movements” across Africa that are peddling a gospel that is not of Christ in a bid to amass wealth. We are admonished in James 4:17 “If anyone, then, knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins” (NIV). Surely, the true Evangelicals cannot keep silent or not act as the flock is led astray by errant shepherds.
All these happenings across the continent formed the basis of our theme for the upcoming 2014 General Assembly in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Lordship of Christ in All things (Col 1:15 ff) be it Politics, Business, Family, Media and the Direction of the Church. As the definition of truth is ceaselessly struck by the forces of globalization and postmodern relativism the consequences to the Evangelical church in Africa could be dire.
We invite you to join us in Freetown as we aim to encourage Christians to change their mind set and to present an agenda of total engagement for Churches as they partner with Christ in transforming their world.
God Bless You!