Bombs in Kenya.

There was a time when “strong men”, dictators kept the crazies under wraps.  Muammar al-Gaddafi was a crazy until a strong president dropped a bomb close to him.  Then he became a strong man to the point where the crazies got rid of him seemingly with our help.  Same with Mubarak in Eqypt and attempted with Assad in Syria.  So the smart folks worked to help get rid of Gaddafi and Mubarak and what a great job that was.  They can’t seem to do anything about Assad however because he is backed by another “strong man” named Putin who is making the smart folk look very stupid indeed.  Anyway real people in Africa are suffering because of folks that were turned loose to do whatever they want because of what the smart folks did.  This is real world stuff that has real consequences to our mission and our ministry.  The United States used to have a “realpolitik” that might have been ugly but in this world it was realistic.  When politics is taken over by “dudes” and “dudettes”. what you see is what you get.

The world is a much more dangerous place than it was even 5 years ago and much of it is the result of  a world view by the “smart folk” who think they can run everything by running their mouths.  Rather than real concrete action we talk.  Politicians, and I am ashamed to say theologians will turn these into case studies.  In the church our failures of stewardship and care and mercy will be “cases” to be studied.  Little do we know as we think about these things that the words “case”, and casuistry come from a Latin word “casus” meaning “fall.”  We are dealing with people and situations in a world that is caught up still in the “fall”. The good news of Jesus Christ is that His coming reversed the fall, but we will not see that hope realized until the end. We will not see the final kingdom of God until Christ returns.  Jesus reversed the curse of the law  by his suffering death and resurrection. Christ is the Word that we preach, in our casuistry we talk about those who been caught up in the fall, or continue to fall into the mechanisms of the demonic world in which they live, the mechanisms of their own devices and sin and mechanisms of the world that desperately does not want them be what Christ intends them to be.  In the meantime……………..

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Three people were killed and at least 60 wounded when two homemade bombs exploded on buses along one of the busiest highways in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, authorities said Sunday, as this East African nation struggles to stop a series of terrorist attacks.

 Of the 60 wounded, 20 were in critical condition, according to the National Disaster Operations Center.

 Sunday’s blasts were on two buses packed with commuters along Thika Highway, said Moses Ombati, the deputy police chief in Nairobi. Eliud Lagat, the deputy head of the bomb disposal unit said the blasts were caused by improvised explosive devices.

 The explosions come a day after two blasts at the Kenyan coast killed four people. Police said a grenade thrown at a bus stop in the coastal town of Mombasa killed the four. The second blast at a public beach did not cause any fatalities, police said.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta reacting to the blasts at the coast said Sunday that terrorists want to provoke a sectarian war.

 “The terrorists would like a war of religion, bringing to an end our history of tolerance. This country will not allow it. The terrorists will be treated as the vicious criminals they are, and our tradition of easy coexistence will be maintained,” Kenyatta said.

 “The terrorists wish to see us despairing and divided,” he said. “They will be disappointed.”

Kenya has been hit by a wave of gun and explosives attacks since it sent troops to neighboring Somalia to fight the Islamic extremist rebels, al-Shabab, in 2011. The Al-Qaida-linked militants have vowed to carry out terrorist attacks in Kenya to avenge the presence of Kenyan troops in Somalia.

Terror warnings have been a constant in Kenya in recent months, particularly after the attack on Westgate Mall killed at least 67 people in September. Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for that attack.”

Mean while in Nigeria over two hundred school girls were kidnapped and no one knows where they are.  Kidnapped by Islamic terrorists called Boko Haram’s which translates to “Western education is a sin,” and the group especially opposes the education of women. Under its version of Sharia law, women should be at home raising children and looking after their husbands, not at school learning to read and write.