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Sanctity of Life #3

This is my third and final post in the series on ‘the Sanctity of life’ and I would like to end off with a few words of application (to go back to the first in the series click here). What does the sanctity of life mean? How do we apply it? Here is the general principle, and then several specific applications.

The general principle is very important. If you are a Christian and you want to take this seriously, you have got sanctityto start this way; don’t start by asking,” Well how does this relate to war, capital punishment, suicide, abortion, and euthanasia?” We could spend a long time on those 5 things, don’t go there first, we will get there towards the end, but you can really get bogged down in the ethical applications. The first and the primary application of this commandment is that everybody who comes into your world must feel honoured and valued. They must feel that you take them so seriously. You are breaking this commandment when you treat people with indifference, when you treat people with flippancy, when you treat people with coldness. Does everybody that comes into your orbit sense that you treat them with dignity, with warmth, with seriousness, do they feel valued when they are done talking with you?

How easy it is when we think about ‘thou shalt not kill’ to think about things like suicide and war? You have to start here, and this is what really gets to me. C.S Lewis said “If we are all made in the image of God, look at the sun, look at the mountains in their massive seeming permanence, and then look at the person sitting next to you. Do you realize that when that sun is so old, if it gets that old, that it’s just a cinder, and when those mountains are so old that they have been worn down by the wind and the tides of time that they have been ground down into little grains of sand on the seashore that does exist now. That the persons sitting around you will still be alive in some condition. Do you realize that the life of the persons around you makes the life of those mountains nothing?”

Have you thought about what it means to live in a society of people made in the image of God. And do you treat people with value, do they sense that you are warm, do they sense that you are interested, do they sense that you are serious about them, do they just feel your love when you talk to them. Do they sense that you are trying to size them up to see whether or not you want to be with them, whether or not this is a good use of your time, or do they sense that you are just trying to find out what they need? Here is Lewis’ quote from his famous sermon ‘the weight of glory’:

It may be possible for us to think too much of our own potential glory hereafter, but it’s hardly possible to think too often or too deeply about that of our neighbour. The load of weight of my neighbors glory should be laid daily on my back, a load so heavy that only humility can carry it, and the backs of the proud shall be broken. It’s a serious thing to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you talk to may someday be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet if at all only in a nightmare. All day long we are in some degree helping each other to one or the other of these destinations. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities. It is with the awe and circumspection proper to them that we should conduct all our dealings with each other, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilization, these are mortal and their life is to ours is that of a gnat. This does not mean that we are to be perpetually solemn, we must play, but our merriment must be of that kind, and it is in fact the merriest kind, which exists between people who from the outset have taken each other seriously. No flippancy, no superiority, no presumption. Our love of which we love the sinner, our love must be real love with deep feeling for the sins in spite of which we love the sinner no mere tolerance or indulgence which parody’s love, as flippancy parody’s merriment. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and circumspection proper to them that we should conduct all our dealings with each other , all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics.”

hellWe live in a city where people do discard you, where the retailers know there is a long line of people after you if you are not happy. Where the people who you work for know that there is 100 other people who want your job and they don’t have to deal with you. The more modern a city gets, the more we lose sight of the sacredness, the weight of your neighbours glory.

Now, having said that, when it comes to ethics, let me just give you one principle that this particular passage, this truth gives us. It gives us an ethical rule of thumb to be used in all these strange, and careful and difficult situations like suicide, and euthanasia and physicians assisted suicide and abortion and even war. It’s the doctrine of carefulness.The doctrine of carefulness is this: Human life is so important and precious that anything that might harm or weaken it in any way must be avoided at all cost.

Now Thomas Watson took the doctrine of carefulness and applied it in some amazing ways in his little commentary he wrote 300 years ago on the 10 commandments. In summary he said that if we understand that human life is so important that anything that might harm or weaken it must be avoided at all costs then we should be taking care of the poor like nobody’s business. He says the poor lack the basic necessities, they lack beauty, they lack food, they lack shelter. And he quotes Matthew 25, in a passage where Jesus says, “on the last day, he is going to come to some people and say,” I was sick and you didn’t visit me, I was in prison and you didn’t come to me, I was homeless and you didn’t give me shelter, I was hungry and you didn’t feed me, I was naked and you didn’t clothe me, and the people will say when did we see you in these conditions Lord. And he will say, because you didn’t do it to them, these hungry people, these homeless people, these sick people, you didn’t do it to me”. Now Thomas Watson points out that that’s image of God reasoning, it’s the same reasoning you have in Genesis 9. God is saying that “my image is on those people” and to assault a human being is to assault me.

Well in Matthew 25 what Jesus is saying is, “I’m the poor”. When you weaken their life, when you fail as Thomas Watson put it, to do everything in your power to prevent their death, this is the only way to obey this commandment, when you do everything in your power, because of the doctrine of carefulness. Anything that might weaken in any way human life has to be avoided at all costs. And that means if you have something in your power to alleviate a condition that might lead to someone’s death, somebody’s destruction, then you must do it. It doesn’t mean that you can save all the poor people in the world; but what is within your power. Jesus says I am the poor person, how you treat him or her, tells me how you regard me.

How can a person be like that? The only way is if you know that you are a sinner saved by grace. If you think God loves you because you are a good person then you are going to look at the poor and say why should I help them, they must pick themselves up. But if you know that you are a sinner saved by grace alone, that God came in spite of the fact that you got yourself into the mess that you are in and in a costly way poured himself out; though he was rich he became poor so that through his poverty we might become rich, you take that verse and it burns itself into your heart and you say I have got to do something about these folks. The doctrine of carefulness says you have got to be helping those people who don’t have the basic necessities of life.

Secondly, suicide is wrong. You know a lot of people say, “Well don’t you own your own life”? You know it’s interesting that humanists and Christians agree that you can’t murder other people because those people’s lives aren’t yours. That’s an accidental coincidence isn’t it, because a person who is not a Christians thinks that an individual’s life belongs to themself. I belong to me, therefore I can take my life if I want, but here is the big problem with that, the only way that you would belong to yourself is if you were not created. Whatever you create you own; if I make something it my house I own it- if God created you he owns you and your life is not your own, you can’t do what you want with it. If you think  you can commit suicide because you are your own and no one created you, then we have a problem because if it’s ok to commit suicide because you are not in the image of God, then what’s wrong with murder? You see it weakens the whole idea of the sanctity of human life

When it comes to suicide Roman Catholics have invented this idea of mortal sins, and if you commit one of them then you are damned. But Romans 8:1 says “no condemnation! “ That means if you are not a Christian and you die whether its suicide or not you are lost, and if you are a Christian and you die whether its suicide or not, you are saved. But suicide is a terrible thing to do and it’s wrong.

gospelOne thing is important to say as I wrap up. Here is the joy in this, and I hope nobody thinks I am being overly dramatic, lots of people both men and women have paid or done what was necessary to have abortions, maybe some people here. And now you may be sitting there and saying “well now where does this leave me?” Everybody has assaulted human life, some have done it, maybe very literally, some have done it maybe through abortion, some have done it maybe by attempting to take their own lives, but everybody is a murderer. And Paul says, “but by the grace of God we can be His, his children, because Jesus though he was rich became poor, though he was alive became dead, so that those of us who spread death, could come to life and spread life.” That is the gospel, and that is the only way to understand the sacredness of human life. Thou shalt not kill means, love one another as I have loved you.

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2014 in Christianity, Doctrine, Religion, Social Issues

 

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Sanctity of Life #1

This past Sunday was sanctity of life Sunday in America, and this coming Sunday it will be in South Africa. With this in mind I thought I would write about what the sanctity of life is.

60_Life_InspirationThe principle is human life is sacred; sacred in a different way than everything else. This is taught in Genesis 9v5b which says, “Surely I will require your life-blood; from every beast I will require it. And from every man, from every man’s brother I will require the life of man. Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed, For in the image of God He made man.” Now somebody is going to say to me, “So if animals kill a human being God is going hold those animals accountable? How does that work?” and the answer is I have no idea, but the point is clear: If God is angry at animals doing instinctive things, for killing human beings, how much more accountable are human beings for one another’s lives. What God is getting across here is that of all of his creation there is something special about human beings, human life is sacred. Anyone who violates it will be held accountable.

Well what do we mean by ‘sacred’? What does it tell us? And I would suggest that right here in the text you have basically three grounds for see why God says human life is sacred (I will do two this week and the last point next Monday).

unbornHuman Life is Priceless

Human life is sacred because if you look carefully its priceless. Why is it priceless? If you see a diamond ring and you ask the man who owns it, “I would like to buy that diamond ring”, what if the man says, “No, that was my wife’s, I gave it to her when we were engaged. She died tragically some years ago, its priceless to me” now what does he mean? He means that there is no exchange for it. God is saying (here is one of those areas that I’m going to have to skirt around because many people are unhappy about what looks like a blood-thirsty reaction) “whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed”.

When this was written it was a tremendous advance toward the dignity of every human individual, because it’s saying that there is nothing that can pay for human life. Human life is so priceless; there is nothing else in all of reality that can be exchanged for it. In other words if you said, “if you shed human life, that will be R1000 000 please” that means that a person’s life was worth R1000 000. If you say its 30 years in jail, then a human life is worth 30 years. In other words anything that you would put in the place of human life would make human life a finite value.

But because the text there is nothing that you can exchange for it, you can’t pay for it in anything else other than its own currency, it’s a way of saying, “human life is infinite in value”. God is coming out and saying, no matter who you are, whether you are rich or poor, no matter your class or race, every human individual human’s life is priceless. Human life is sacred because it is infinite in value. Nothing can pay for it but itself. Nothing but human life blood can pay for human life blood. There is nothing more valuable than human life.

Not by the way I am avoiding the issue of Capital punishment because I want to keep this post at a readable length. So instead of reading this and worrying about Capital Punishment, don’t miss the point- human life is priceless, you can’t put a price on it, it’s infinite in value. That’s one way in which this text is saying that human life is sacred, because it’s priceless

human livesLife is not yours

Secondly this text is saying human life is sacred because it’s not yours. You are accountable for it. Something is scared if it’s put into your hands and yet it’s not put into your ownership. If a person gives you R100 000 as a gift, that money is not sacred. You can do anything you want with it. But if on the other hand someone gives you R100 000 and asks you to be the broker and invest it; in that case the money is sacred. It’s in your hands but it’s not yours therefore you are accountable. If it’s a gift, if it’s your money you are not accountable you can do whatever you want with it. But if it’s not yours, but it’s in your hands, you are accountable. That’s what we have here, it says, “for your life blood I will demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting for the life of your fellow man” Now this is a frightening thing.

We are saying, human life is sacred in this sense, every human life that comes into your life whether it’s the guy serving you behind a McDonald’s window, or a taxi driver, no matter what life comes into your world, you are accountable for it. Every human life is a sacred deposit, how you treat other people God says, “I will hold you accountable”. Because human beings are not yours! No human being, not your children, not your parents, not your friends, not your family, no human being is yours to cut up, stack, use and discard as if it is yours.

Human life is sacred because it’s priceless and because it’s not yours. Next week we will consider the last point from this text.  

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2014 in Christianity, Religion, Social Issues

 

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This Week in Africa (07/11/2013)

- News relevant to Christians in Africa

Illegal Abortions Thrive in South Africa: Despite South Africa’s ‘progressive’ laws regarding abortion, many women are still having back street abortions.

Surprise: The African Church is Not very Charismatic: In light of John MacArthur’s recent conference ‘Strange Fire’, Christianity Today has done this piece demonstrating that despite what the West would be tempted to believe, Africa is not dominated by Charismatic and Pentecostal theology.

Africa: Harmful Practices Against Women and Girls Can Never Be Justified By Religion: Dealing with what I assume is a issue more in Northern Africa, this article by a UN expert speaks briefly to the issue of bridging women’s rights and religious freedom. It mentions the issue of forced marriage and conversion which I can only assume is the growth strategy of ‘the religion of peace’. Fascinating to consider in light of the fact the Calvin’s Geneva was also known as ‘Woman’s Paradise’ due to the fact that women were protected and looked after there.

Central Africa Republic: religious tinderbox: Once again the ‘religion of peace’ is the cause of suffering and fear in the Central Africa Republic. Persecuted and suffering people are getting restless though and there appears to be a growing desire for vengeance.

Sangoma burned to death in Khutsong: A sangoma suspected of working with a local gang was killed by vigilantes.

“Who can help trembling at those judgments of God by which He does in the hearts of even wicked men whatsoever He wills, at the same time rendering to them according to their deeds?”- Augustine

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2013 in Religion, This Week in Africa

 

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7 Things You Should Know About Abortion in South Africa

1. According to a 2006 study 56% of South Africans believe abortion is always wrong even if there is a strong chance that the baby will have serious birth defects. A total of 70% believe it is wrong if abortion is done simply because the parents have low income and feel that they cannot afford to care for additional children.[i]

cant speak2. The Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act was introduced in the first post-Apartheid parliament. It applied the statement in the governing ANC’ policy framework that “every woman must have the right to choose whether or not to have an early termination of pregnancy according to her own beliefs”. Although it was requested that parliament members be allowed to vote according to their personal beliefs, the ruling party ruled that its own members may not vote against the act, and the act passed by 209 votes to 87 (5 abstained, 99 were absent). It came into force on 1 February 1997.[ii]

3. The debate among pro-choice and pro-life advocates has been complicated by the historically racist use of population control policies under the Nationalist Party government. Many black South Africans oppose abortion for religious reasons or view abortion as yet another vestige of apartheid policy, designed to control the growth of the black and colored population.[iii]

4. In South Africa, a woman of any age can get an abortion by simply requesting with no reasons given if she is less than 13 weeks pregnant. If she is between 13 and 20 weeks pregnant, she can get the abortion if (a) her own physical or mental health is at stake, (b) the baby will have severe mental or physical abnormalities, (c) she is pregnant because of incest, (d) she is pregnant because of rape, or (e) she is of the personal opinion that her economic or social situation is sufficient reason for the termination of pregnancy. If she is more than 20 weeks pregnant, she can get the abortion only if her or the fetus’ life is in danger or there are likely to be serious birth defects. The reasoning for the increasing level of motivation related to the stage of pregnancy seems rather arbitrary and inconsistent to me.[iv]

5. The South African Constitution does not explicitly mention abortion, but two sections of the Bill of Rights mention reproductive rights. if its not a babySection 12(2)(a) states that, “Everyone has the right to bodily and psychological integrity, which includes the right [...] to make decisions concerning reproduction,” while section 27(1)(a) states “Everyone has the right to have access to [...] health care services, including reproductive health care.” Again it is hard to see the implication of abortion from the bill since abortion is a post reproduction procedure, it could be used however as a defence of contraception.

6. Since the legalisation of abortion on demand there has been a decrease in deaths from backstreet abortions, but the number of deaths following abortions are still quite high according to statistics gathered in Gauteng province—5% of maternal deaths following childbirth are abortion related, and 43% of these are related to legal abortions.[v]

7. In 1998 the Transvaal Provincial Division of the High Court ruled that a foetus is not a person and does not have a right to life. This ruling however does appear to not have any scientific (http://www.consciencelaws.org/background/science/science001.aspx) or religious grounding.[vi]

If you are interested in finding out more about abortion in South Africa and how to be a part of bring it to an end, why not check out Abort97. You can also like them on Facebook by clicking here. If you know the facts back it up with acts

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[ii] Guttmacher, Sally; Kapadia, Farzana; Naude, Jim Te Water; de Pinho, Helen (December 1998). “Abortion Reform in South Africa: A Case Study of the 1996 Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act”. International Family Planning Perspectives (Guttmacher Institute) 24 (4). Accessed 21/09/2013

[iii] IBID

[iv] Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act, Act 92 of 1996

[v] Dawes, A. (Ed.) (2003). The state of children in Gauteng. A report for the office of the Premier, Gauteng Provincial Government. Pretoria: Child Youth and Family Development, Human Sciences Research Council. Page 82, 157, 161

[vi] “This Day in History: 10 July 1998″. South African History Online. Retrieved 27 August 2011.

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2013 in Christianity, Current events, Religion, Social Issues

 

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Humanistic Arguments for Good and Cooking Lessons from Sesame Street

Anthropology… the study of man. The Bible has a very specific anthropology; it defines and describes people in no uncertain terms. What you believe about man and his problem will greatly influence what you do to help man, if indeed you think he has any problem at all.

The Bible identifies man’s main problem as sin, since the fall in the garden of Eden, every ill that has plagued mankind is a result or consequence of sin; including the natural disasters as the earth groans longing for the return of Christ (Romans 8:22).  The only solution to this problem then is the gospel, since it is God’s power unto Salvation (Romans 1:16). What are the implications then of this simple understanding? Where does it leave the Christian when faced with so many issues calling for his/her attention?

Well, for one thing it should make it clear, that no problem is merely a social, economic or material problem. Abortion is not at its root a social problem, it is a heart problem- thus to deal with it apart from a gospel stance is dishonest and a mere treatment of symptoms. If I convince someone not to kill unborn babies based purely on humanistic reasoning what will happen when that individual is themselves put in the frying pan of human turmoil? Will not their over-reaching desire to please self, rage against their intellectual commitments? And say, even for conscience sake, that they do what is correct, what will the fruit be for their eternity? Apart from Christ, they will experience the full wickedness of abortion for eternity.

Or consider the issue of racism, if it were possible to humanisticly argue convincingly against hatred based on skin colour, will that conviction override the natural leanings of the heart, especially in situations that aggravate such feelings? What will happen when the reformed racist meets the Maker of all races, and the one Who made mankind in His image?

To take it a step further, apart from admission that the Holy God of the Bible is the God Who is there, how can one talk about right and wrong? Now often people know that there is right and wrong, but they don’t know why; their worldview doesn’t allow for consistency. Are you content to convince someone with an argument you know to be defeatable?

To try and convince someone away from a pro-choice position or a racist position with humanistic arguments is like trying to help a leper with cooking lessons from Sesame Street- the ‘cure’ has nothing to do with the problem and the source of the ‘cure’ is not the place to get ‘cures’ from in the first place.

Am I happy every time an unborn baby is given the chance of life? Yes! Am I happy every time someone is treated fairly, and with the value befitting a creature made in the image of God? Yes! We must rejoice in righteousness. But far greater the joy, when someone is transferred from the Kingdom of Darkness into the Kingdom of God’s Son. Similarly, far greater the sadness when someone stores up for themselves more wrath for the day of Judgement, as they give in to their sins.

Consider also the greater influence of gospel-centred polemics against abortion. If someone has in sin had an abortion, what does a gospel message give to that person, it gives them hope for forgiveness and peace with God, a humanistic approach though leaves them in guilt and shame. What does a gospel approach do for a young lady who has been raped and is pregnant as a result, it offers hope, that there is a loving Father who cares and will provide and bring healing, whereas a humanistic approach just leaves the lady to deal with cold hard facts, everything left in the arena of a biology book when she needs answers for real life.

In short, let us not be ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ, it transforms not just the intellectual commitments, but the deadness of a sinner’s heart. It brings peace not mere conscious appeasement, it grants hope not just dogged determination to an uncertain end.

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2011 in Apologetics, Christianity, Religion, Social Issues

 

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The Uniqueness of South Africa and the Role of Christianity

South Africa finds itself in a very unique situation, to put it bluntly, South Africa is a pre-Christian country enjoying many Christian benefits, and yet is thinking like a post-Christian country.

The reason I say South Africa is pre-Christian is because we have never had Biblical Christianity as a major force in the country. The type of Christianity that we do see is very much meshed with traditional religions and locked in forms of superstition. These days ‘pastors’ are promising to do the same thing that a sangoma (witch doctor) do. Furthermore, many people don’t find any contradiction between being a church member and going to a sangoma.

The other part of Christianity in this country seems to be tied to nationalism; it has been used in the past to try to condone organised racism- while anyone with even a cursory knowledge of the Bible knows this to be impossible.

Another interesting aspect of South Africa is that the ruling party is aligned with two ‘communist parties’, the party itself being a somewhat communist party in its policies, however, the ANC does not mind naming Christ. Often the president will use the name of Jesus to further his cause (while in another breath he threatens people with ancestors). The president even spoke at one of the major so-called churches in the country not long ago. Yet, at the same time, he continues (as does his party), to promote totally unchristian and unloving policies, i.e.: Abortion, homosexual marriages, closed market, state control of schools etc.

In a nutshell, biblical, conservative Christianity has not impacted South Africa, and in fact has not had the presence it has had at one stage in other nations.

Manifestations

What are some of the results of this weak Christianity in a still somewhat pagan land? Well for one thing, unlike other places where culture was often sifted through the grid of Scripture and what was left became the predominant culture, in South Africa often things work the other way, culture seems to trump faith. Culture is often the ongoing reason for disobeying Scripture. Issues like punctuality, theft, lying, hatred, racism and adultery often go unhindered despite the presence of some Christian ethic.

Furthermore, democracy is very slow to mature. People’s minds still run along racial and traditional lines. Since the Reformation was in a major way the driving force and foundation of Democracy it is to be expected that without that same reformation impetus by the Christian Church, democracy and the values it espouses and promulgates will be slow to come as well.

Another manifestation of this is the high unemployment rate in South Africa, 25% of the labour force is without jobs, which makes SA’s unemployment rate among the highest[i]. While studies have shown that Protestant countries have lower unemployment rates than none-protestant countries[ii].

One last observation, it is widely accepted that the majority of South Africans are not pro-homosexual marriages, and quite possibly are pro-life (against abortion), however that same majority does not vote in government that reflects its moral views. Thus there is a government that does not reflect the majority of South Africans on some important moral issues.

What does it all mean?

It’s hard to pin point what this means for the future of South Africa. Some countries like Japan seem to have succeeded in imitating protestant countries (namely America in this case) in a cultural way, and thus adopted much by way of work ethic and so forth. There is a good chance however, that since South African’s are striving to make things work on their own, instead of building on the foundation of Scripture, that collapse may be inevitable, no matter which of the liberal parties are voted in.

In the end, the hope for South Africa is the same hope that any other country has; the gospel of Jesus Christ. When Christian men and women stand up for the renown and fame of Christ, preach and live the gospel, and are unashamed, real change is possible. Our hope cannot be in political pragmatism, nor in moral regeneration (who says what’s moral without God?). The only hope is that God would show mercy and save many for His Name sake. And Christian, you must be a part of that. “The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. (Romans 13:12)”

 
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Posted by on May 29, 2011 in Christianity, Religion, Social Issues

 

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Being Christian and Voting in South Africa

Here in South Africa, municipal elections are almost upon us. As a Christian who believes that Jesus is Lord of all of life, I once again am thinking through the way I vote, as it is a good practice to question the things we do in the spirit of Semper Reformanda (Always Reforming). The reason we need to think biblically about voting is because the only thing that can actually change this country is the gospel, since all social/national/relational problems are actually sin problems. It is like marriage, there is no such thing as a ‘marriage problem’, there are only character flaws and sins that effect a marital relationship, in the same way there is no such thing as ‘political problems’, rather there are sinners (like me) in politics who instead of using God’s Word as a guide by which to rule, they follow their hearts and do what seems right in their own eyes (Judges 21:25).

As Christians we have been commanded to obey and respect the government (Romans 13:1- remember Paul was writing to Christians who were under the pagan wicked Roman rule at the time, and still this command is given); as such I respect and support the office of the president, as it currently stands with President Jacob Zuma holding office; I pray that God bless him as he works, give him wisdom as he rules, and also that God might save him.

Believers are instructed though, by their God, on how to select who should rule over them when given the choice, In Exodus18:21 the Israelites were commanded to, “select capable men from all the people – men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain – and appoint them as officials…”As Christians we should select (vote for) men who are capable, God-fearing, trustworthy and haters of dishonest gain.

If we are to hold up the two major parties in this country at the moment and compare them to this standard of a godly official, I think we would find them not to be God-fearing, Take for example the following issues:

1)      Acknowledging God Almighty in the Constitution

The ANC voted to have the phrase ‘In humble submission to Almighty God” removed from the constitution, and declared South Africa a secular nation, the DA also voted for this change, and does not acknowledge God in any of their policy documents.

2)      Pro-life (against the murdering of pre-born babies)

The ANC said, “We are committed to reducing levels of unexplained and unwanted pregnancy[i]” this party then went on to vote for abortion on demand to be legalised. The DA also voted for abortion on demand to be legalised, and as a party stands for pro-choice (which is the euphemistic way of saying we should let people decide for themselves if they want to kill babies or not). [For more information on an excellent group doing something about this scourge in South Africa visit Abort97]

3)      Education, should it be state controlled or controlled by parents and should there be religious freedom in education.

The ANC has said, “The state has the central responsibility in the provision of education and training[ii]” On this issue the DA appears to hold to a view of collaboration between state and parent, but still one that is not the Scriptural view of parents being responsible for the children’s education

4)      Pro-free market (anti-socialism)

The ANC have affirmed their position of holding to communist principles and redistributing wealth to the poor. They have demonstrated (at least on paper) that they are  anti-free market and a socialist party.

5)      Capital Punishment of Murder’s

Both the DA and the ANC are against capital punishment.

6)      Opposes homosexual marriages/civil unions

Both the DA and ANC are favourable to the homosexual agenda, both parties deny the truth that marriage is between a natural man and a natural woman.

So What?

These are just a few issues that should be clear to believers. How can someone who believes in the power of the gospel, the truth of God’s rule, the ministry of Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit vote for a party that is in the least God-ignoring, open to the murdering of the helpless, in favour of overruling parents in the education of their children, [against honest labour and free-market], against the execution of killers, and in favour of those of the same sex to be married?

Members of such parties are far from God-fearing.

Could a Christian vote for Hitler? He will build major infrastructure, autobahns, support the production of strong and competitive car companies, he would do wonders for the economy, and many people would experience a better quality of life. Of course not, this is a maddening thought. The logic of many voters in South Africa though, is that they would like to vote Stalin in, just to get rid of the Hitler.

Christians, remember those men who have gone before us in history, men like Oliver Cromwell and William Wilberforce, people who have fought for freedom, and political policies that reflect the God of Holy Scripture. Don’t put your trust in man for South Africa, that can only bring a curse (Jeremiah 17:5), put your trust in God, and use your vote with integrity and principle.

For more information regarding the political parties in South Africa and Biblical issues and also to find the source of much of my info, please visit the Christian Voters Guide


[i] ANC Parliamentary Speech (29/10/2996)

[ii] ANC Policy Framework for education and training

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2011 in Christianity, Religion, Social Issues

 

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