Bob, Ted, and maybe Carol and Alice

My daughter is working this summer at a camp serving underprivileged kids that is part of Camp Kanuga called “Camp Bob.”  She informed me that the camp has changed this summer from openly witnessing to the kids about Jesus to an acceptance of all beliefs and no more witnessing.  The motto of the camp has changed from “Faith, Hope, and Love” to “Trust, Hope, and Love.”  I think it will lead to “Tryst, Hype, and Lovers.” but then I am such a crank it would seem that to me.  She said that it has upset many on the staff who had looked forward to helping these kids find the peace of God through salvation in Jesus.  But the end justifies the means and what camp doesn’t need mo’ money?  So the thesis statement is kicked out the window so more scholarships are paid with strings attached.  I mean, why stick to your guns and core values when you can service more people? 

Which brings me to Ted.  Ted is a website I love.  There are many fascinating speakers and one of my favorite is Hans Rosling who does amazing animations with data.  Here is his talk on poverty, trust me it is worth your time.  

Although he blathers at the end with qualifying the definition of poverty,  for the most part is honest about the need for economic prosperity as a solution to poverty.  In particular he singles out Africa and he has several talks about Africa.  What is interesting to me is the last two hundred years the progress made in Africa is nothing short of astounding.  Here is another talk. 

 What I want to address in this post is the unsaid.  You see two hundred years ago the British went into east Africa with a moral certainty and a sense of righteousness about their cause.  They brought order to the chaos, yes through military might, but the chaos was caused by violence and tribal rivalry.   The British had a sense of right and wrong rooted in Judeo Christian values and the rule of law.  The dirty little secret is behind the troops came the missionaries.  I remember Bishop Louttit preached about the jack boots of soldiers going into villages and such tripe during the Gulf War.  I wrote him and reminded him that with the jackboots comes order, roads, schools, hospitals, public health, and Christianity. 

So why would I respect other beliefs, especially ones in vogue today that subjugate their women to the point of beheading their wives, honor killing their daughters, strapping explosives on their sons, and committing all kinds of other atrocities?  Why would anybody respect that?   There was a time when there wasn’t any doubt as to morals.  The British had no remorse banning Sati in India.  It was barbaric.   But now we seem to have lost our collective way and must respect all kinds of medieval type practices in the name of tolerance.   Look at Africa, look at the progress made in the quality of life since colonialism.  Look at what the Marxist dictators and despots have done since.  Look at the growth of Christianity in sub-Sahara Africa and the civilizing effects it has in the face of this barbarity.  Why?   Because Jesus loves each of us individually, each one of us is important to the Almighty. 

So back to Bob and Ted, with the loss of moral certainty we have confusion like with Bob.  With Ted we have documentation of the benefits of that understanding of righteousness.  Hopefully I will come up with something witty and meaningful about Carol and Alice to justify the title.  Stay tuned.

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  1. Just stumbled across your post, and since you’re publishing in a forum that invites responses, I thought I’d take the time to leave a short one. (Caveat: I’m not Christian, or Catholic, and barely a believer in God.) I do admire tenets of a religion that promotes loving care of one’s fellows, regardless of their own beliefs. But that is not what you appear to be promoting when you speak of the order that follows Judeo-Christian colonization. I do not — cannot — accept the premise that it is OK to take soldiers into another land, kill men, women, and children, and burn down villages in the name of civilizing them. In India, the British, in deft mimicry of their acts in Ireland, induced famines that killed more than 7 million people – 7 million souls. This was done, as Churchill said, to subjugate this “beastly race with beastly religion.” The Belgian record in the Congo is pretty horrific as well. Maybe we should talk about the biblical verses used to justify the slave trade. Those activities are all related. Really: is slavery justified if, in the end, the vast majority of slave descendants are believers in Christ?

    My point is this: just because you see evil deeds — such as the legion conducted under Saddam Hussein or ongoing in Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Afghanistan — that does not mean that converting the evil-doing masses by way of the sword is necessarily a good thing. There may be a better way which allows you to accomplish your soul-saving while not jeopardizing your humanity.

    • Andrew I apprecieate your comments. In response, applying an ex post facto morality upon history is, well self serving at best. Yes, the English have been brutal in their application of justice. But that same brutish and righteous behavior nearly crippled their economy when they ended the slave trade. I am not sure of the verses to which you refer, but Paul addresses being a slave and treatment of slaves. My point is that whether you like it or not the imposition of law, order, and justice has lifted Africa, and also India from a pre-medeival state to modern economies and the benefits that are part of that. By the way there is still a very active slave trade all over the globe, you might pick up the book “A Crime So Monstrous” to read up on the current state of slavery.

      You know you can make some comparisions to quality of life, using today’s geo-political metric. On the island of Hispanola you have a voodoo nation and a Christian nation. You can measure the differences in a number of ways. In Niger you have a muslim north and a Christian south, compare the two. On the Korean penisular you have a western south with multiple religions freely practice and you have the north. Look around the globe, and look in Africa where Rosslings studies and inovative presentations of the information point out the benefits of nations that have been colonies. We can look back and apply today’s morals and ideas but to what end. The context of the era remains whether we like it or not and I for one appluad what the British did, I stand by my thesis, the world is better for the British convictions during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

      Thanks for reading the post. And thanks for taking the time to comment!

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