"A time for Christians to
engage with the world" A Time for Christians to
Engage with the World
"Render unto Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to
God," was the response of Jesus when asked about paying taxes. His questioners, of course, were laying a trap
for him. They wanted to force him to take sides in the highly-charged political
debate about Roman rule in the land of Israel.
What would life have been to us if Jesus did not come as our redeemer? Christmas heralds the tidings of great joy for God in the incarnation and has made man worthy of heavenly inheritance. At Christmas, a couple, in great love, wanted to offer each other the best gift. They were poor. Nevertheless, each aside decided to make a special offering.
Every year as December approaches, there is commotion in the markets as busy purchasers and merchants jam shop hallways. The monetary demands on families are very high. Crime increases for experience has shown that a combination of excessive dining, wining and dancing, always relegate reason giving room for a holiday in line with conventional wisdom.
This is a very common say about the time of Christmas, it is an expression that aims at reminding us what lies at the heart of Christmas and thus helps us avoid the many distractions and mistakes that could be part of our experience during this time.
“Jesus wept” is the shortest, sharpest, and most moving sentence in Scripture. He shed tears on two very significant occasions. He wept when Lazarus died. St. John tells us that at the sight of Mary’s tears and those of the Jews who accompanied her to meet the Lord, Jesus wept (Jn 11:39). Jesus would weep a second time over the “spiritual death” of Jerusalem (Lk 19:4-44).
A recent revelation by an official at the Belgian Embassy that Cameroon is among the top ten refugee application countries in the world has startled many forcing them to start wondering why a country that is not in an open war will have more refugee applications than countries that are actually at war. This disclosure is just the tip of the iceberg as the 2012 World Justice Project rating on the Rule of Law shows Cameroon almost last or last on virtually all the factors and sub-factors that were considered.
Graduates John Paul II School of Theology, JOPASIT, Buea Diocese
As Cameroon trudges on her tedious road to development many continue questioning whether the country will ever get to her targeted destination by 2035 or at any other time if she continues to exclude God from her development endeavour. Elsewhere countries that have opted for God-centred approaches are taking long development strides, while in Cameroon it is everything except Religious Certificates. Refusing even free Divine assistance? What do some Cameroonians think of the refusal to officially recognise Religious Certificates in Cameroon?