The British did it. Americans do it. ALL.THE.TIME. And now?
For some south Sudanese Christians, their opportunity vote for independence from the largely Muslim north is more than a condition of a peace accord ending a two-decade civil war — it’s the divine will of God.
They believe the independence of their nation was foretold in the Bible more than 2,000 years ago. Isaiah 18 is one of several passages that refers to the land of Cush, which describes the people as tall and smooth-skinned and the land as divided by rivers.
“It used to be read so many times on Sunday,” said Ngor Kur Mayol, who drove to Nashville from Atlanta earlier this month to vote in the independence referendum. “It mentions a lot the way we were suffering in for so many years and how that same suffering, we’re going to end it today, to vote for independence.”
The interpretation is not so far-fetched, said Ellen Davis, a professor at Duke Divinity School who has been working with the Episcopal Church of Sudan to strengthen theological education there since 2004.
I cannot blame them, but I find it interesting on several levels that this is happening.
But you do see how easy it is, right… to interpret the bible by your current position in life? Especially in the way of eschatology?
- Deconstruction and Hermeneutics: Placing Jacques Derrida and Hans-Georg Gadamer in Non-Dialog (Paper) (westernthm.wordpress.com)
- 99% of Southern Sudanese Vote for Independence (waronterrornews.typepad.com)