The Kairos Document is a Christian, Biblical and theological comment on the current crises in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It will be launched in Durban via a FREE Zoom live webinar; in a mode of a four part virtual series of weekly presentations as of the 31st July to 21st August 2020. The document calls on the international community to stand by the DRC people who have faced oppression, displacement, suffering and functional apartheid for numerous decades. It stands in the tradition of an earlier Kairos Document, launched by Christians in 1985, that addressed the political situation in South Africa during its apartheid era.
The Kairos Document of 2019 is a cry of hope reflecting love, prayer and faith in God. It urges all the churches and Christians in the world to stand against injustice and modern-day apartheid in the occupied Congolese territories, and calls the churches to revisit theological distortions that serve to justify crimes perpetrated against people and the dispossession of their land.
Strongly convinced that peace, prosperity, and freedom are overdue in the DRC, we are making an urgent call on all of us: government, civil society, the church, local communities and the international community to take a different course of action. The Word of God reminds us: “The hour has already come for [us] to wake up from [our] slumber” and to “put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armour of light” (Romains 13:11-13, NIV). This Biblical call for action underpins our collective ethical and moral obligation to take the right and concrete steps in setting in motion God’s wonderful plan for the people of the DRC to attain better living conditions like other nations.