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St. Augustine didn’t have all that many bullets in his gun when he wrote The City Of God. Everyone was pointing fingers at the Christians, blaming them for the fall of Rome. But one thing was clear to this African bishop: when the Visagoths sacked Rome, that blood-thristy army spared all those who took refuge in the Christian cathedrals. This, Augustine argued, was unprecedented in ancient warfare. This was evidence that even when the wrath of God is on display, His power is also shown in His goodness. Christianity wasn’t the enemy. But things in Kenya look bleaker. Hundreds have died over the past few days–– fifty of which were torched to death as they sought refuge in a Pentecostal church. This violent mob gave them no quarter and burnt the church––women and children included–– to the ground. It appears that in the aftermath of rigged elections, it is not so much the wrath of the Almighty we are witnessing, but the wrath of man. And here, it isn’t some invading horde that is sacking the cities, but the residents themselves. Like Pogo said, we have seen the enemy and it is us. For one thing remains true. As inscrutable as the City of God may seem, the city of man has always been the harder to figure.

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One Comment

  1. It’s so so sad – what’s happening in Kenya. A beautiful country being desecrated.

    Kinda like how God felt when his people turned from him. (I’ve been reading Ezekiel lately.)


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