The nation of Zambia is in major economic trouble, with a collapsed currency, shortage of power, and food prices higher than ever.
But don’t worry. The government has figured out a way to fix the problem. Yesterday, President Edgar Lungu asked the nation to pray and fast:
President Edgar Lungu last month ordered the national prayer session after the kwacha fell 45 per cent against the dollar since the start of the year due to a sharp drop in the price of copper, the country’s main export.
“God is a god of miracles and if we ask him, he will bless us and the kwacha shall be restored to its former strength and the prices of goods shall again go down,” Bishop Simon Chihana, president of the International Fellowship of Christian Churches in Zambia, told AFP.
“Let’s pray to God to have mercy on us. God has done that before and he can do it again.”
At least some officials in the country have the good sense to point out this is a really useless response to economic woes:
“To fast and pray for what; for an economic miracle to happen or what?” The Post quoted chief Ntambu of the country’s North-Western Province as saying. “Is it God who caused those sufferings for you to go back to him and say, ‘No you have done this and that and we want you to reverse your decision?'” he added.
I’m not an economist. I’m not sure what Zambia needs to do to get out of this situation. But you don’t need an expert to point out that asking God for help isn’t going to get you anywhere. If anything, remember that this is the same God who put you in this mess in the first place.
Prayer: It’s what people turn to when they’re all out of ideas.
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