The Christian testimony of former Prime Minister Tamrat Layne is instructive in more ways than one. First, it is a testament to the capacity of the Christian community to forgive and accept the repentant sinner without reservation. This quality becomes immensely significant in a nation racked by ethnic politics and poverty. Indeed, the Church of Christ is called to the prophetic role of facilitating reconciliation and speaking truth to power. Second, brother Tamrat's public confession points to the importance of humility in society, especially for those holding high office. In other words, no one should think he or she is above reproach. Third, the testimony is not only sincere but also a pointer to the transforming and present power of Jesus Christ. Imagine more people of influence opening their hearts and minds to Christ. How would that impact the way people do business? the way they govern? the way people relate to each other? Often times, it is not for lack of evidence that people won't believe but rather because
[they] loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God. [Gospel of John 3: 20-21]
Finally, it should be noted that in the Kingdom of God a pauper is no less important than a prime minister. The ground is level at the foot of the Cross. That is a sobering thought. More.