Remembering Burma’s Independence
On January 4, Burma celebrated the 72nd anniversary of their independence from British rule. Like every other place in the world’s history of brokenness under human rule, the story of Burma is not without intrigues.
After three wars between the British and Burmese, known as the Anglo-Burmese wars, the British eventually took control of Burma in 1886. As is common in such contexts, what followed were years of internal political maneuverings between British and native Burmese leaders. On Jan 4, 1948 they regained independence.
Today, many years after independence, Burma still struggles with volatile conflicts and extreme tribal oppression from flame that was flared up long ago. This has resulted in significant refugee and humanitarian crises in recent years. Many of them, literally running for their very lives, now live in the US and some of them among us in the TLC family.
This thing we call racial (or ethnic) reconciliation has proven to be no small matter in human history. Our current society struggles with its complexity.
One African proverb says, “If going fast, walk alone, but if going far, walk together.” When we come to the Lord’s Table each week, we gather as a people who have entered into the life of resurrection and reconciliation initiated by Christ, reconciling us to God and to each other. He is calling peoples of various nations, ethnicities, colors, ages and personality types to His Table and into a walk that traverses the present world, yet journeying beyond it to a distant land. A land not quickly understood by this world.
The story of Burma is not unique. It is common to human history in various shapes. But, as we remember the nation, I encourage us to lift their peoples in prayer for peace and healing. Lift, also, our own brothers and sisters here among us, for healing, the grace to progress in spite of the past, and a redemption of their stories.
For [Christ] himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility… His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. (Eph. 2:14-16) __________________________________________________________________________________________
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