In 1994 South Africa embraced a new dispensation in which political change re-positioned every single person in our nation. Many will recall the anxious season that led up to this event with much bloodshed and uncertainty prevailing regarding the future.
The transition to the new dispensation happened in a way that it was internationally hailed as a miracle. As people cautiously engaged the future, there were signs of hopeful possibilities of nation building and the promise of unity, harmony and a future for all who shared this incredible geographical space on the globe.
As political leadership transitioned over the last 20 years, much of the anticipation and hope has been fading as it has given way to gradual endemic corruption, crime and sadly, a sense of racial posturing once again in our nation.
The recent events both in Parliament as well as growing uncertainty regarding the integrity of the President of SA, together with a sense that issues of concern are not handled in a transparent way. The deafening silence of other key national leaders regarding the modus operandi of the ruling party, is not being helpful as far as trust and a sense of hope for our future is concerned.
It is within this context that we as Christians ask the question: How do we respond in times such as these?
I submit to our own constituency as Doxa Deo, and the larger Christian community the following thoughts on how I think we should respond and engage the way going forward:
- Engage in consistent prayer for our nation and for our leaders. Bless do not curse. Know that prayer has great power. “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior” 1 Tim 2:1-3 (ESV translation).
- Secondly remember that no matter what the situation, God is greater than any crisis. Often we are intimidated by a perception of bad Government or the social order of the day. God’s sovereignty applies to everything in the universe, which includes the season we find ourselves in, and the people in authority. We can therefore put our trust in Divine intervention that can change our circumstances in one moment.
- Choose to continue to make a contribution that will positively affect our world. We are called as Kingdom Ambassadors to serve our world and engage in the power of the opposite spirit. Be cautious not to allow the challenges that you experience in your life, to cause you to respond in the flesh and not in the power of the spirit. Guard your heart and your mouth in this time.
May God give us grace as Christ followers to represent the Kingdom well in this time.
May God give us grace to secure a future for our children and their children.