Sunday, 29 November -0001 18:42

UkraineÕs Political Crisis Has A Christian Side

Written by Rev. H.A. Bergsma
The pastor of a 26,000-member Ukrainian church at the centre of that nationÕs election fight has just wrapped up a trip to the United States, encouraging American Christians to pray for his country--just as they did for the U.S. during the American presidential elections. Pastor Sunday Adelaja and his church have become a gathering point for the daily street protests and prayer vigils in UkraineÕs capital city Kiev during the political crisis that erupted after fraudulent elections on November 21. ÒI believe this is a critical moment for the future and destiny of the Ukrainian people,Ó Pastor Adelaja said. ÒTwelve years ago we were freed from Communism. Though we have had a different government with different uniforms since, the same corrupt people have remained in power. Now, Ukraine has its first opportunity to choose our own free way of life.Ó More than 80 percent of the population is supporting opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko, who is democratic, pro-West and a Christian. ÒHe is a committed believer who is serious about his faith, and is influenced by God and the Bible,Ó Pastor Adelaja said. (From Assist News Service)

Much has been reported about the role of the Church in influencing the outcome of the U.S. elections, particularly with respect to moral issues. According to Pastor Adelaja, the faith community is having a similar impact on the political process in Ukraine. Another run-off election will be held December 26.

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