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.