Daily Topic for December 30, 2011
Pause to reflect upon the birth of our Savior. How can a child born in a manger express the nature of God’s rule? In this baby we can see the personal, reconciling work of God the Father. That which is everlasting has stepped into time and history. That which is beyond humanity has personally proclaimed the love of the Father for the whole world. The peace which eludes the grasp of the peoples of Libya can now be established by the presence of this Prince. This little baby proclaims in His very person the plan and purpose of a missionary God.
Thank the Father for bringing peace to our own hearts and relationships. Pray that He will honor His Name by bringing peace and justice to ravished Libya in this coming year.
“Mercenaries stream toward Tripoli as Gadafi Digs in,” reads the headlines of a February 23, 2011, article in the New York Times soon after Libya’s civil war erupted. “Migrants Forced to Fight for Gadafi,” reads an April 9th article in Aljazeera. BBC News and the Christian Science Monitor also published articles about Gadafi’s use of foreign mercenaries to put down the rebellion against his 42-year regime.
Who are these people being accused of being mercenaries? Though news reports differ on whether they are fighting voluntarily or not, they all seem to point to mercenaries from Sub-Saharan African countries, especially neighboring Chad and Niger. Many of these mercenaries are from the fierce Tuareg, more politely called the“Tamacheq” tribe that roams the Sahel Desert of Africa. Aljazeera commented that Gadafi has supported past Tuareg rebellions and allegedly backed candidates in recent elections in Niger, who may be beholden to support him.” Arabs in rebel strongholds have reacted to the mercenary threat by savagely beating Africans at random.
With a population of six million, Libya has about half a million sub-saharan Africans, many of whom are from the Tamacheq tribal network. The Tamacheq people are Muslims. There are few, if any followers of Christ among them.
Pray that they Tamacheqs in Libya and beyond will find their way into the arms of Jesus Christ, the only one who can save them from their sins.