Over the last several days, I have realized that what the media is reporting and what seems to be truth are two VERY DIFFERENT things. A missionary friend of mine posted a short explination in his blog, and I asked if I could pass it along. I hope this helps.
The media is reporting that this was a military coupe designed to remove control from a democratically elected President. This is lazy reporting.
Here is a short synopsis of what has really happened – The President (a leftist) was at the end of his Constitutionally mandated four year term limit. There is a regularly scheduled election this November to replace him. Months ago he said he wanted to put a non-binding question on a June 28th ballot asking the people for a constitutional revision committee. Among other things, the constitutional revision committee would allow the President to run for a second term, in violation of the Constitution. The Congress (majority leftists) unanimously passed a resolution saying that he couldn’t have the election and that it was against the law. The Supreme Court (majority leftists) ruled 5-0 that the proposed ballot measure would violate the Constitution and that the election could not be held. The Constitution says that if a sitting President attempts to lift term limits that they are to be removed from office. The military administers elections in Honduras and they refused to hold the election, so the President fired the head of the military and seized thousands of ballot boxes and intended to have his election. Now this is a key point – on June 27th the Supreme Court voted 5-0 that the President was in violation of the Constitution and ORDERED the military to arrest him. As the Constitution demands, the President was removed from power and the head of the Congress (a leftist) was put in his place. This is NOT a military coup. This IS a peaceful implementation of the democratic process.
I can definitely tell you that there is an OVERWHELMING gratefulness here in Honduras that Zelaya is OUT of power, and we are all hoping and praying that it stays that way. Watching the body of Christ stand together, and get on their face before their heavenly father about this situation has truly been inspiring. We are trusting Jesus.
On a practical note, I am safe. I am about 45 min. outside of the city up in the mountains. Our land is directly attached to a Honduran military base, but things have been really quiet as all of the soldiers are in the city. Life here is proceeding as normal.
Please be praying for this country, and watching the news...although it seems to be rather tainted. I'll update if things change here.
On a random side-note, I have been fighting a really bad cold/sinus infection, and kinda feel like I might be getting an ear-infection. Please be praying for my health.