Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Standing up against the new empire

Who thought that South Africa, the land with the 'most progressive constitution', would morph into a country which bans religious leaders ? What are we to say of the realisation, that the current South African government would rather follow the dictates of a cruel repressive tyranny, which persecutes Christians and churches.

For Rhema and others it might be convenient to parade 'pastor' Zuma on their stage or for the NG Kerk, Mr Kgalema Motlanthe, who acts as 'president'. The truth of the matter is however this: the South African government has chosen a path, where the blood money of dictators weigh heavier then Biblical values of justice and peace. But there is more. Given the current ban on religious leaders, who expose the oppression meted out under the dictatorship of Hu Jintao, let's not be naive, there is a danger that they would not flinch to also ban and silence others.

It time for Christians and for the church to open they eyes and realise that in the post-Christian South Africa, where anything (even pulpits, pastors or prayers !) is for sale, we are possibly facing a new kairos, a moment of truth where a new kind christian formation need to emerge, which will speak the truth. Why ? Because, amogst other things,
we believe that the church must therefore stand by people in any form of
suffering and need, which implies, among other things, that the church must
witness against and strive against any form of injustice, so that justice may
roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream;
we also
believe, that the church as the possession of God must stand where the Lord
stands,
namely against injustice and with the wronged; that in following
Christ the church must witness against all the powerful and privileged who
selfishly seek their own interests and thus control and harm others.

and

We believe that, in obedience to Jesus Christ, its only head, the church is
called to confess and to do all these things, even though the authorities and
human laws might forbid them and punishment and suffering be the
consequence.
Jesus is Lord.
To the one and only God, Father, Son and Holy
Spirit, be the honor and the glory
for ever and ever.

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