“Without wise leadership, a nation falls; there is safety in having many advisers.” (Proverbs 11:14)
I was going to blog about the reading from Luke, the birth of Christ. But right at the end of today’s readings, I saw this verse.
Today, the people of the Crimean region of Ukraine voted to join Russia. The immediate implications will be a tightening of tensions between the West and Russia. Some commentators have called the vote illegal. Were the Crimean people given enough information? Was the vote handled according to internationally agreed guidelines? To some extent, that doesn’t really matter.
For the past few weeks, certainly for the past few days, the political tensions have been growing. Something had to give. And this vote may have been the turning point in the conflict. It will not solve the problems in the region, it will add another factor into the mix.
The government in the Ukraine is in pieces. Without firm leadership, the people will be the ones who will suffer.
Again and again, around the world in countries where the government are ineffective or just plain corrupt, it is the common people who come off worse.
The advisers mentioned in the verse could be the UN. An organisation who owes its existence to the mess following World War One. They might not be perfect, but they are the best hope we have for lasting peace.
We pray that, in the light of a fresh day tomorrow, the Crimean people will wake to a hopeful future and that the government in the Ukraine can start to rebuild the country.