Matthew Parris recently penned this article, "As an atheist, I truly believe Africa needs God."
In it, he claims that, "Missionaries, not aid money, are the solution to Africa's biggest problem - the crushing passivity of the people's mindset." A shocking claim that, "Confounds [his] ideological beliefs, stubbornly refuses to fit [his] world view, and has embarrassed [his] growing belief that there is no God."
In another section of the article, Matthew also observes that some of the most impressive African members of the Pump Aid team (largely from Zimbabwe) were, privately, strong Christians. In reference to this assertion, he states, "It would suit me to believe that their honesty, diligence and optimism in their work was unconnected with personal faith. Their work was secular, but surely affected by what they were. What they were was, in turn, influenced by a conception of man's place in the Universe that Christianity had taught."
"Their work was secular, but surely affected by what they were." For anyone in a secular work environment, there's no greater challenge than this... to stand out in excellence and to let our conception of God affect who we are.