When it comes to finding peace as a nation, I think Jesus said it best...
"every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand."
This saying is found in three gospels--Matthew 12:25; Mark 3:24, 25; Luke 11:17.
The new peace deal in Kenya between Opposition Party Leader Odinga and President Mwai Kibaki seems a lot like setting up a divided kingdom to me. The Associated Press reports...
Under the agreement, Odinga will become prime minister and have the power to "coordinate and supervise" the government - more authority than Kibaki wanted to yield.
Perhaps someone out there can explain the difference between what Odinga and Kibaki will be doing in their jobs, because I don't see how this isn't the same as having two Presidents.
Here's the thing, these guys HATE each other!
They have leveled accusations against against each other that would be hard to forgive and even more difficult to move beyond. Kibaki and Odinga have essentially called each other thieves and malcontents. They also have accused each other of destroying the country.
The challenge for these men will be to set aside their personal issues and govern justly.
But will these be able to care more for their countrymen than they do about their careers?
For Kenya's sake, I hope so. But the truth is...running a divided kingdom may be too big of a challenge.