PRAYER ALERT on referendum court challenges. The April 15th Guatemala referendum is fast approaching. On that day Guatemalans will vote on taking their border dispute with Belize to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). But at this late date, challenges to that referendum are developing in both nations. On April 4 Guatemalan attorneys Lionel Nejera and Hector Quezada filed a challenge in the Civil Constitutional Court. They contend that before the people vote, Guatemala’s Congress must first approve of the referendum.
Yet others argue that the ICJ must deliver its verdict on the border’s location first. Then the Guatemalans can vote on whether to accept that verdict. Already Belizeans are crying foul play. If Guatemalans won’t abide by an ICJ decision against them, why should Belizeans accept a decision in favor of Guatemala?
A group headed by Belizean attorney Dickie Bradley is also looking into mounting a court challenge to the referendum. Bradley says “the law is, any proposed settlement [of the border] must go to referendum.” In other words, Bradley says that any decision on the border rests with the Belizean people, not with the ICJ or any other court.
Already it’s clear that the border dispute won’t end with an ICJ verdict. The side which loses will keep challenging it legally. And possibly violently. We must pray that God Himself will make confirm the boundary line. And pray that Guatemalans and Belizeans will learn to be good neighbors instead of suspicious adversaries.
PRAY WITH US: Father God, You are Sovereign over Belize, Guatemala and the whole earth. You alone know what is best for us. You make conflicts and wars to cease to the ends of the earth. Let both sides be still, and know that You are God. Let them see Your hand in their separate histories. Guatemala developed from the Pacific to the east. Belize developed from the Caribbean to the west. But never the twain has met in any shared sovereignty. The main thing they have in common—the indigenous Maya—kept them separate.
We ask for Your solutions to the present conflict. Guide the results of the Guatemalan referendum. We ask this not only for the Belizeans and Guatemalans, but also for the Maya. Each of the three have thriving churches which adhere to one of those three separate identities. Show them how to do so in harmony and not in conflict. Show them how to respect and appreciate each other. Help the Maya act not only as a buffer zone but as a bridge. This is a time for all Your peacemakers to arise and shine. And to show that while national and cultural identities help to define us, we have one Sovereign King Jesus who unites us in neighborly love. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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