Daily Topic for December 29, 2011
Ethnic unity. That is what we might see happening in Libya today. Arabs and Berbers now work together for the common goal of ousting their dictator. But there is a far greater reason for ethnic groups to come together—the goal of becoming one in Christ.
Pray that there will be Arabs and Berbers in Libya who will come together this coming year in a common cause of seeing Christ’s Name glorified!
The Berber father smiled when he saw his daughter lead the young Arab man to shade near the family tent. Lately he had often seen the two of them together, and he knew this day would come. His daughter looked nervous. “It’s all right,” said the father. “Times have changed. I no longer object to you marrying an Arab. You have my blessing.” The two youths grinned widely.
Off in the distance shots rang out. Berbers and Arabs fought side by side to overthrow Colonel Gadafi. The unthinkable had happened. The two people groups had united to fight for a common cause.
The Berbers live in western Libya, near the border with Tunisia. They speak Tonzight, a language very different from Arabic. After coming to power in 1969, Colonel Gadafi angered them by outlawing their language. Gadafi often provoked pitched battles between the Berbers and Arab tribes to make sure neither people group became a threat to his rule. That all changed in early 2011 with the start of the Libyan Civil War. The Berbers and the Arabs realized that they had a common enemy in Colonel Gadafi.
Almost all Berbers in Libya are Muslims. The few who follow Christ are in a different part of North Africa.
Ask God to open the hearts of Libya’s Berbers to the message of salvation. May this people group come to see Jesus Christ as the true source of salvation. Pray for the end of the civil war in Libya.