There have been riots in Tonga. The Salvation Army Headquarters was set on fire because it was part of a property belonging to a king.
Good on the Tongans I say.
Evil, oppression and an unjust system has reigned in that kingdom too long.
The disparities between the arisocrats and the commoners are severe. The chosen rich (royal family members) live in mansions eating luxuries, while the non-rich have not a glimpse of hope to access resources. Commoners are not even permitted to own land. For years people have tried to negotiate more democratic processes to no avail. It has never reached boiling point because the last King was a kind man. The new king is the opposite: on coming in to power he declared control over state owned assets. Yesterday the people cracked, buildings were burnt down, cars over turned, six people died in the turmoil.
Christians seem to be tut tutting all over the place today about this shocking news. I admit, Violence is never, ever great. But if democracy gets a foot in the door through this course of events then surely its worth it?
I pray these riots will form part of a greater Kingdom's ethos of equality and justice.
Posted by lucy ar at 4:29 PM