Convocation 9/26/17: Global Focus Week and G5

Today’s convo was not at all what I expected. I expected a relatively uplifting convo about the great commission and going out to the nations. Instead we got the Rwandan genocide. This was frankly one of the most depressing convos I have ever seen, and I sat through Ted Cruz’s convo (it isn’t every day you get to hear the zodiac killer speak).

I don’t have much to say about this convo, since it was mostly an explanation of the new G5 initiative (why couldn’t it just be a normal global focus?). Because of this, I will skip my usual paragraph structure and instead use the lightning round.

Lightning Round

  • Ok, I know what the purpose of G5 is but what will it actually do? They described what the they want G5 to accomplish, but not how it is going to accomplish that.
  • How does playing the Rwandan soccer team help Rwanda in any way or spread the gospel. Honestly, half the things they have planned just sound like a waste of time and tuition dollars.
  • One of the areas that G5 is focusing on is governance. I don’t know how I feel about a Christian, American university coming in and trying to change governmental structures in an African country. For one, it gives the impression that we know better than them how to run their own country and two, it reeks of colonialism.
  • Twenty five hundred thousand. Just twenty five hundred thousand. Why did no one correct her? She said it so many times! We all heard, so they had to.
  • Who thought describing the death count of the Rwandan genocide in terms of vine centers was a good idea? I get why they did it, but it was a pretty crappy and pretty depressing way to introduce the topic.
  • Are we just going to sidestep the fact that the Rwandan genocide was in part the result of white Christians coming to Rwanda and deciding what was best for them? Germany and Belgium instituted the racial policies and solidified the caste system that ultimately led to the genocide.

Although I am being quite negative regarding G5, I do respect their intentions. However, as the saying goes, ‘the road to hell is paved with good intentions’. If they are going to invest time and money into such a large endeavor, LU needs to have a clear vision and plan. In convo Monday, neither of these was on display.

Bible verses quoted: 0

Bible verses quoted all semester:21

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