Now a confirmed atheist, I've become convinced of the enormous contribution that Christian evangelism makes in Africa: sharply distinct from the work of secular NGOs, government projects and international aid efforts. These alone will not do. Education and training alone will not do. In Africa Christianity changes people's hearts. It brings a spiritual transformation. The rebirth is real. The change is good.
So bringing Christianity to Africa will make a change for the better?
Do I Really Need To Point Out That Christianity Has Been In Africa For The Past Two Thousand Years?
I'll say that again,
Christianity Has Been In Africa For The Past Two Thousand Years.
Beyond its initial penetration of the dark continent 2,000 years ago, it was "re-brought" there be Europeans in the middle ages and has been "re-brought" there again and again over the past several centuries since.
There has scarcely been a time in the past 2,000 years that missionaries have not been bringing Christianity to Africa.
Currently it is estimated that around 40 to 50% of Africa is Christian.
That's around 450 million Christians in Africa.
There are more Christians in Africa than there are people in North America.
But, apparently, what Africa really needs right now is for someone to bring them Christianity....
I know, maybe they could get the predominantly Christian "African-Americans" to bring their cousins Christianity this time.
After all, just look at what Christianity has done for that community!
Maybe Central and Latin American nations would contribute as well.
There is, after all, a vast reservoir of believers from such developed and stellar (98% professing) Christian nations such as Bolivia, Columbia, Mexico and Haiti.
Unfortunately we can't count on non-Christian nations and regions such as Japan, Taiwan, or China to contribute to re-bringing Africa Christianity this time.....what with those Asian nations, being that they are not Christian, are so backward and primitive and all.
Currently it's hoped that if Christianity ever does make inroads into Japan, we might actually see electricity and running water reach Tokyo within the century.....praise Jesus!
Of course we can't neglect to send them more food and medicine.
That has worked really well,
No. It will not do. Even as we see African states refusing to take action to restore something resembling civilisation in Zimbabwe, the begging bowl for Ethiopia is being passed around to us, yet again. It is nearly 25 years since Ethiopia's (and Bob Geldof's) famous Feed The World campaign, and in that time Ethiopia's population has grown from 33.5 million to 78 million today.
So why on earth should I do anything to encourage further catastrophic demographic growth in that country? Where is the logic? There is none.
Unlike most of you, I have been to Ethiopia; like most of you, I have stumped up the loot to charities to stop starvation there. The wide-eyed boy-child we saved, 20 years or so ago, is now a priapic, Kalashnikov-bearing hearty, siring children whenever the whim takes him.
thanks to western food, the Mercedes 10-wheel truck and the Lockheed Hercules, Ethiopia's has more than doubled.
Alas, that wretched country is not alone in its madness. Somewhere, over the rainbow, lies Somalia, another fine land of violent, Kalashnikov-toting, khat-chewing, girl-circumcising, permanently tumescent layabouts.
Indeed, we now have almost an entire continent of sexually
hyperactive indigents, with tens of millions of people who only survive because of help from the outside world.
This dependency has not stimulated political prudence or commonsense. Indeed, voodoo idiocy seems to be in the ascendant, with the next president of South Africa being a firm believer in the efficacy of a little tap water on the post-coital penis as a sure preventative against infection. Needless to say, poverty, hunger and societal meltdown have not prevented idiotic wars involving Tigre, Uganda, Congo, Sudan, Somalia, Eritrea etcetera.
The circumstances described above were brought about by the very type of Christan missionaries that the writer of the article at the top of this post says we now need more of.
Remember folks, it has literally been seconds, maybe even minutes, since someone brought Africans Christianity. How can they ever be expected to emerge from the Stone Age under that kind of neglect?
Seriously, the road to perdition is indeed paved with good intentions.
But maybe we could just bring more of them over here. Only good comes from that right?.... right?