"Exactly at the instant when hope ceases to be reasonable, it begins to be useful." -G.K. Chesterton
Uganda is a country that has committed so much wickedness.
Uganda is a country full of witch doctors.
It's a country where ritual child sacrifice increased by over 800% between the years of 2007 and 2008....
But, last week, something miraculous happened in Uganda.
During the celebration of Uganda's 50th anniversary of independence from Britain, the president, Yoweri Museveni, publicly confessed his own sin and the sin of the nation of Uganda.
"I stand here today," he prayed. "To close the evil past, and especially in the last 50 years of our national leadership history and at the threshold of a new dispensation in the life of this nation. I stand here on my own behalf and on behalf of my predecessors to repent. We ask you for your forgiveness....We confess sins of idolatry and witchcraft which are rampant in our land. We confess sins of shedding innocent blood, sins of political hypocrisy, dishonesty, intrigue, and betrayal."
And then, he did something beautiful. Before his people, the president of Uganda dedicated his country to God.
"We want to dedicate this nation to you so that you will be our God and guide. We want Uganda to be known as a nation that fears God and as a nation whose foundations are firmly rooted in righteousness and justice to fulfill what the Bible says in Psalm 33:12: "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord A people you have chosen as your own."
We have hope in our country. No matter how horrible things look; no matter how dark the night; no matter how evil men are, our God's love never fails and He is faithful. Stories like Museveni's just remind us how powerful God really is. We need reminders. We forget so easily.