The story of Garden of Eden. Peace and Justice is paramount for sustainable development and transformation governance.
My hope is we can spur hope, reconciliation and intensify need for fair and more inclusive world as pattern in the Garden of Eden story. We can speak boldly and freely toward a conversation of PEACE, RECONCILIATION & RECONSTRUCTION for an inclusive society
Peace is something that has been talked all over the world and from South Africa to North Africa the song is the same. Peace and security is paramount for sustainable development and transformation governance. And hence we don’t have choices in promoting and advancing conversations of peace, reconciliation and reconstruction, if we ever dream of just and more fairer world where prosperity and progress is possible. In genesis 3;1-24 we seen the starting point of human conflicts and strive
In Biblical narrative the lack of peace between man and God has direct effect on man and creation and creation with humanity and hence need to rebuild the damage relationship and restore the trust, friendship and support that the picture as envisaged in the biblical garden of Eden. In the absence of security there is war, conflicts and tensions that part people from people, community from community and nations from nations. The torn apart national fabric of cohesion and coexistence breed mistrust and hypocrisy deeply.
The process of reconciliation is complex and complicated. Its complex due to often resistance from the architecture of the violence and wars. Just as the Old Testament story of Adam, Eve and God was quite complex and intrigue so is our story today though different in contexts the struggles and cause is still the same. It would be prudent to say that indeed sin has permeated all components of human beings.
Sin is in us, sin is with us and sin beyond us. Hence there is so much evil in a world that was originally characterized by the goodness of God and his perfectionism in artistic design. In our own generation its seem hate is the alternate for love, darkness for light and death for life. We must gather courage to redirect course of events in Kenya
When there is no peace, everything is groaning due to the coming of sin which destabilized the creation that was originally well ordered and embodied goodness as depicted in the genesis story. And in the state of lawlessness nothing can be orderly and efficient. Theologically, though the image and likeness of God was marred, it wasn’t completely destroyed.
The conversation and search for justice and peace should not ignore the nature of mankind on his original state as shown by biblical story of creation. The biblical concept of man in genesis offers glimpse of who mankind; one who possess goodness in moral, emotion. If these components are not looked with seriousness then all other conversations on peace and justice become invalid and moving toward wrong path.
Traditionally we have blamed lack of resources, marginalization, exclusive governance and geographical location for increase in insecurity and instability in our modern world. To seek long-term solution we must seek to understand the world as it was in the biblical story of creation;
With the ever growing world, reconciliation can only happen when all actors take their positions seriously in seeking and finding justice, forgiveness and ability to move forward. In admission sin must take the central stage in any meaningful conversations that are aimed to tackle lack of peace, reconciliation and reconstruction in our modern world.
The faith movements must gather courage and address the effects of sin in reference to all components of humanity. Sin has infiltrated all components of humanity. When these conversations begin on sin, then meaningful engagement and discussion of security, peace and cohesiveness will take place and bear much awaited fruits of unity and purpose. Toward reconciliation God takes central place. A theology of hope and tranquility must be seed among in the country. They desire peace that will affect their livestock, water, children and women.
God has called us humanity to be ambassadors of peace in world torn by strife, greed, selfishness amongst others. The faith movement must seriously play its sacred role as a channel of God toward making our world just and more fairer. Though often divided on its prophecies voice, it can still earn respect and admiration if it can speak against all forms of oppression and injustices without fear, favor or exclusion based on political and tribal inclination. The story of garden of even is the story of the Church.