What horrific actions are happening in Kenya. What once was a stable democracy is now the scene of violence and blood shed. Protesters welding machetes have set fire to whatever they can reach. What is happening over there should put pain in all our hearts.
From what I have read, it all happened over the election of Mwai Kibaki as president. Charges of a rigged election sprang up against his win. What followed is the horrific scene we see today. Rioters filled the streets waving machetes and seting buildings and homes on fire. Over 300 people have been killed in the midst of the riots.
But all of this shows us some truths about this world.
This, of course, shows the depravity of mankind. What once was peaceful is now in violent chaos. Kenya was one of the most stable democracoes in Africa. But stablity is far from what we see now. Why, because of people. The wickedness that dwells in each of our hearts is enough to remove any peace and stability in this world. Evil is not an outside problem. It is in the very core of ourselves. There is no such thing as a stable country where there is no fear of anarchy. Kenya shows that clearly. man is always just a few steps way from destruction. We need to be reminded that no peace will before in man. The only peace that can bring hope to man is the reign of Christ brought to us by His shed blood. Man will never find peace by any means that he can devise. Only when we rest in the peace that Christ gives us with God can we have true peace. For that is the only answer to the evil inside each of us.
Italso struck me in how democracy is not the salvation of man either. Lest we forget, no government of man can bring true peace either. Democracy is not the answer to the evil of man. Kenya proves this clearly. Democracy, run by frail sinful men is just as prone to fall as a monarchy ruled by a sinner. Governments by men will never give us true peace. There is only one government, one King that can squelch any diversion from His kingdom and rule in absolute righteousness, justice, and love. When Christ returns to remove evil forever, then we will have true peace on earth.
What a testimony to the fact that salvation will not be found in man or the government systems that he implores. Real salvation from sin and destruction is only found in the name of Jesus Christ.
Our hearts should be filled with sorrow over the what is happening in Kenya. We should be willing to extend or prayers and any aid that we can. But this should make us remember that we seek a differed home then this world. We look to a city whose builder and founder is God (Heb 11:10). And our only answer to the sin that is at our very core is an act 2000 years ago on a cross.