The twenty-fourth day of Lent

Tuesday after 4 Lent

Darfur.

Is it possible for the Christian to remain silent and, worse, to do nothing in the face of massive injustice, brutal oppression, and manifest evil? It is tempting to think of reconciliation as nothing more than a matter of establishing good will, a process that is successful if it can find a middle ground, make a compromise for the sake of peace, agree to avoid the harsh word in the hope that fellow-feeling will triumph and good deeds will ensue. But this is not so. Reconciliation involves truth. Christian reconciliation involves the Truth, Jesus Christ, who never gave an inch to his opponents but said to Pontius Pilate himself: "For this I was born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth." For Jesus there was no compromise, only truth. That truth led him to the Cross, but in the end the Cross was a victory, not a defeat--a victory that would not have been achieved if he had compromised the truth.

What has happened in the last several years in Darfur, a region of Sudan, is nothing less than genocide. This is not a political judgment, it is the reality on the ground, where hundreds of thousands of people have been murdered and raped, and the survivors driven into refugee camps where they are now in danger of dying from disease and starvation because their own government is their enemy and refuses to allow them to be helped. These people are enduring a Lent such as most people cannot begin to imagine. They are helpless. We can help, but only if we speak up, only if we take concrete action. Save Darfur is an organization that offers practical ways to get involved.

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