By Charles Leyman Kachitsa
In 2010 I travelled to Scotland with my family to see a relative. One of the highlights of the visit was the trip that I made to Blantyre, Scotland. It was exciting because I was born in Blantyre, Malawi which is a city named after the one in Scotland in honour of the missionary Dr. David Livingstone. Dr Livingstone he a British Empire hero this I knew after the trip as in Malawi he is mostly associated with bringing Christianity to the country.
Visiting Dr. David Livingstone’s birth place, seeing the one bedroomed house he grew up in brought in me mixed reactions. All from my secondary and primary school history lessons I had come to the conclusion that he was from a wealth background. We were also taught mostly about the good objectives of his three trips. However, the guide that took me through the Livingstone Museum explained that David Livingstone’s Africa sojourns were all on separate missions. It is true that he was more a Christian missionary on his first trip but the woman guide was quick to point out that subsequent trips were under the sponsorship of the British Empire and some wealth business people with the objective of discovering settlements and trade areas, a thing which caused those who had sent him as a missionary in the first trip to be upset. The people back home who had loved him for his sacrifices on missionary trips and discoveries started to detest him so much that at one time there was a public uproar against him. This was obviously contrary to what I had leant during all the years I learnt about him in Malawian schools. Tells you how selective history might be sometimes.
The quotes I have assembled this Weekend for your read are from a book that I have just finished, “Africa, Christianity and the Bible.” The book is an eye opener and highlights the attitudes that most have developed when reading the Bible. For example the book points to the fact on how we skip the books that talks about genealogies such as Chronicles, yet these contain the foundations of the message that God wants us to get. The genealogies would not have been included as part of God’s words to humanity if they were not meaningful. The book tries to therefore simplify for you the different lines that developed from the first man that God made which then outlines the place of Africans in all. The book argues for instance that most people have wrongly settled for the fallacy that Africans are a cursed race. It goes back to the genealogies and through Bible verse references proves the contrary as the truth. Africa has all along been a blessed land with a blessed people. Moreover the book promotes harmony among races that we have all through history helped each other through difficulty times like hunger, diseases or war; Africa has always been a place where people find refuge not the other way round. Did you know that places like Niger appear in the Bible? Read Acts 13:1. and more revelation when you get a copy of this book.
Read and enjoy the following quotes from the book:
AFRICA, CHRISTIANITY AND THE BIBLE our Global Destiny by ArchBishop Doye T. Agama
“At the Cross, once again, just as at the beginning of the life of Christ on Earth, the Africans are there to support Him. When the Saviour needed to be saved as an infant, it was Africa that came to the rescue. When the Saviour stumbled on the road to Cavarly, it was the African who was right there again, carrying the cross! His name was Simon and he came from Cyrene in North Africa, a place where Greeks and Africans mixed and intermarried and where there was also a significant Jewish community.”
“The Price Africa Has Paid …..….Why then has Africa suffered from so many cycles of invasion, civil wars, famine, disease, exploitation, subjugation and destabilisation? Could it be that this is the price Africa has paid for defending and protecting the lineage of Christ? Could this be the price Africa has paid for giving the West organised monasticism? WE BELIEVE THE ANSWER IS YES. Africa’s problems go deeper than poor governance and corruption. Some of these problems are practical, but others are deeply philosophical and even spiritual. We can view the suffering of Africa as a ‘counter attack’. Many of these and other problems are the retribution for Africa’s contribution to the global plans of God and the Gospel! Domination of the African land mass, it’s human and other natural resources; or at least control of certain key areas of these has always been key to economic development of nations outside Africa and to their ability to grow and maintain global political power. The battle over Africa continues into our own generation as we shall see later in this book.”
“……..Africa remains divided along ethnic, tribal and religious lines which cross over the often artificial international boundaries imposed by European colonisers. Consequently, political, economic and military problems in Africa also often have these same divisions and therefore easily spread within and beyond the modern state boundary. This miss-management of Africa by ‘remote control’ reached its zenith under military and other dictatorships during and just after the Cold War, and still continues today. Africa is the youngest continent and her youth are often the poorly trained and exploited urban masses, who can too easily be enticed into becoming armed combatants in African conflicts, including radical militant Islamism; and sadly, the young generation of Africans are the greatest losers in the continuing exploitation of their continent.”
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