In a news item some of you may have missed, the Colombian people rejected a proposed peace deal with the FARC. The peace agreement needs to be re-negotiated, and our prayers should be with the negotiators, and with the people of Colombia. We ask the Lord to speed the re-negotiation process and to bring a final settlement to that land.
FARC, the Marxists guerrilla group that has been fighting various Colombian governments for over five decades. FARC has been a darling of the left, supposedly fighting for social justice and the overthrow of the corrupt Colombian government, etc., as in the usual Left narrative.
This is a vast distortion of the truth. Colombia has had democratically elected governments (often ineffective) all this time. Because the FARC has been a Marxist-atheist group with no resources in believing in universal moral principles, as time passed it became increasingly ruthless and corrupt in its own way. Think of what happened in Russia after Lenin took over, no petty corruption – just massive mayhem and slaughter. The FARC’s corruption was in its single-minded search for income regardless of its immoral source, from the drug trade, kidnappings and shake-downs of even small businesses. Their rule in the areas they controlled was punctuated by terror and many massacres. (Not that the government forces and the right-wing militias were guiltless).
What they developed into is the reason they are universally loathed by the Colombian people. Most of the yes vote for the acceptance of the peace agreement was cast by persons who hated the FARC, but thought that the peace agreement was flawed but acceptable. The no vote majority believed the agreement did violence to the sufferings and injustices brought on by the FARC.
For the Christian this was a dilemma. Certainly Christians should love mercy, and personally, although being a staunch anti-Communist all my life (I volunteered for the Vietnam war) I believe I would have voted for the peace agreement. But we cannot so easily write off the many Colombian’s demand for more accountability to the atrocities committed by the FARC.