The whole Rwanda crisis came to my attention again when we discussed it in class the other week. The inhumanity of genocide is beyond comprehension...disturbing.
Add to the picture the fact that Rwanda was considered "the most Christian country in Africa." Lee Camp, in his book entitled Mere Discipleship, writes:
The breakdown of Rwandan Christianity, unable to stem the tide of mass murder, is all the more puzzling.
"In fact, the Rwandan genocide highlights a recurrent failure of much historic Christianity. The proclamation of the "gospel" has often failed to emphasize a fundamental element of the teaching of Jesus, and indeed, of orthodox Christian doctrine: 'Jesus is Lord' is a radical claim, one that is ultimately rooted in questions of allegiance, of ultimate authority, of ultimate norm and standard for human life. Instead, Christianity has often sought to ally itself comfortably with allegiance to other authorities, be they political, economic, cultural, or ethnic. Could it be that "Jesus is Lord" has become one of the most widespread Christian lies? Have Christians claimed the lordship of Jesus, but systematically set aside the call to obedience to this Lord? At least in Rwanda, with "Christian Hutus" slaughtering "Christian Tutsis (and vice versa), "Christian" apparently served as a faith brand name--a "spirituality," or a "religion"--but not a commitment to a common Lord. (Camp, 2003).
Ten years after the genocide in Rwanda that took the lives of 800,000 people, the country's children continue to struggle with the lingering impact of the atrocities (2004)
Rwanda is home to one of the world's largest proportions of child-headed households, with an estimated 101,000 children living in 42,000 households.
It's heart-wrenching to consider the impact that living through these traumatic atrocities has on the lives of children. I came across this site that has the artwork of children who lived through the genocide. My heart grieves for the children whose tender lives were devastated by the dark acts of evil.
Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ.