Zuma’s Interrupted Speech and the Reconciliation Storm

South Africa’s President Zuma was delivering the Reconciliation Day address when the warm sunny day turned into a huge storm that suddenly lifted the north side of the giant tent he was speaking in high into the air. As attendees fled for cover and Zuma’s bodyguards rushed the President to safety, everything was in chaos. 

Reconciliation Day is South Africa’s day of celebration of national reconciliation. Sadly, this national reconciliation falters as South Africa struggles through greed, crime and disunity. Ironically, Reconciliation Day arises on the day of the Battle of Blood River, where many Zulus lost their lives, and the formation of Mkhonto weSizwe (MK), a militant arm of the ANC. Neither event was an act of reconciliation but the day is to look forward to the future, rather than the past. 

As South Africa grapples with the legacy of racism in the daunting shadow of greed and crime, it is important to make a few observations. First, South Africa’s focus on reconciliation has been marked by human icons. From Mandela to the MK, human icons have dominated the political and social landscape in South Africa as it strives to make progress to what it sees as reconciliation. Second, reconciliation still seems poorly defined within public dialogue. To some it looks like separate traditional groups remaining separate but equal (how is this different to the old regime?).  Others think that the old ways impede progress and are willing to cast aside tradition for what they view as western progress. Another way reconciliation is poorly defined is by adding to the idea of ethnic reconciliation ideas of ‘social progress’ such as gay marriage, abortion and other social agendas. Third, the road to reconciliation is obscured by how reconciliation must be achieved and with whom. It is this last point that this article will concentrate.  

When we agree that reconciliation is required, we acknowledge that we were once alienated. Reconciliation is the restoration of friendly relations. To require restoration of friendly relations there must have been some falling out. Some animosity has come about but now they now want peace. Therefore the ‘who’ of reconciliation is enemies or alienated persons. 

Therefore, as South Africa strives for reconciliation it must ask itself whom have we alienated and how must we make peace? We need to keep three truths in mind.

The first truth that we need to keep in mind is that God “made from one man every nation of mankind” (Acts 17:26). The Bible says God made each human group from one human common ancestor, unlike the evolutionary philosophy that claims humans have emerged from different nonhuman ancestors. Genetics has recently supported the Biblical viewpoint by showing that all humans have a single common human ancestor only some thousands of years ago. The false philosophy of evolution has supported racism and radical adherence to the Bible has refuted racism. Reconciliation of diverse ethnic groups depends on knowing and affirming the truth. The root of racism is found in false views about where we came from. Truth is the foundation if true unity. 

But the above passage does not simply stop there. It continues and gives us the purpose of God’s creation of various human ethnic groups. It goes on to say that He “determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him.” We have found ourselves separated from God, but he wants us the find reconciliation with him. While “all have sinned”(Romans 3:23), “in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them…” (2Corinthians5:19). This reconciliation with God means that the “dividing wall of hostility” (Ephesians 2:14) is now broken down which once divided Jew and Gentile, Black and White from God. 

This reconciliation with God is desperately needed. “The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent   because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.” The storm that interrupted Zuma’s speech will be nothing compared with the “day on which he will judge the world”. We must be reconciled with God before he returns to judge. God’s judgment will come more suddenly than the storm that surprised the President. You can’t delay and you don’t know when it will come. 

If reconciliation is to be meaningful and real, it must begin with making peace with God. Thankfully Jesus settled the dispute on the cross when he paid the penalty of our trespasses and rose again defeating death, the primary symptom of sin. Since God commands everyone everywhere to “repent”, let us turn to God through Jesus his Son. Abandon your sins and trust in Jesus.  

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Racism in South Africa: why does it still persist?

Why do some white people around the world think that it is okay to call African people “monkeys”? In South Africa, a woman has made headlines because she called indigenous Africans “monkeys”. Such a comment must be understood in light of the apartheid atrocity; where black people and mixed race people were separated from white people and allowed inferior resources. Lawmakers are calling for tougher laws against racism, but much deeper change must occur to deal with the root of the problem.

Such blatant racism, even today decades after apartheid ended – is still found and often passively expressed by social isolation, choice of employees and contemptuous attitudes. This is more than people doing bad things; this has to do with false belief systems driving racism. So what continues to drive this racism, and what can we do to stop it?

Diagnosing the Root of Racism

By understanding the root of racism accurately we can begin to deal more directly with the false ideas that motivate racist attitudes.

I recall once seeing footage of a man in the 1960s defending the concept of apartheid. He said words to the effect, “Why would we give the vote to people who only just climbed out of trees?”. The concept of calling people monkeys descends from the Darwinian idea that we evolved from ape like creatures and “just climbed out of trees” suggests they’re less evolved. He was justifying the apartheid by claiming they were less evolved.

He was not alone in this view. The founder of apartheid, Verwoerd, was a disciple of the Darwinism and eugenics (an application of Darwinism developed by Darwin’s cousin with Darwin’s approval). Although he felt compelled to justify apartheid to religious constituents, it is very clear Verwoerd was driven by an evolutionary motive. Verwoerd wanted to maintain “racial purity” among whites by keeping them separate from Africa’s indigenous peoples. That goal is obviously Darwinian if you have ever read Darwin’s writings.

Not too long ago, I was reading Darwin’s second book called “The Descent of Man” – to understand his impact on apartheid and racism – and discovered this most disturbing quote.

“At some future period not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilised races of man will almost certainly exterminate and replace the savage races throughout the world. At the same time the anthropomorphous apes…will no doubt be exterminated. The break between man and his nearest Allies will then be wider, for it will intervene between man in a more civilised state, as we may hope, even than the Caucasian, and some ape as low as the baboon, instead of as now between the Negro or Australian and the gorilla” (1874, p. 178).

This hideously racist quote demonstrates Darwin’s disgusting racism and that it was very much a part of his pseudoscience we now call “evolution”.

Darwin’s pseudoscientific concept of races taught that human groups were descendants of different non-human ancestors (monkey like animals).

But the Bible taught something different. In Acts 17:26a the Bible states:

And he [God] made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth

It was only recently that Darwinists were forced to accept the truth of the Bible that all humans share one common human ancestor and relinquish Darwin’s racist ideology. This was because a genetics study found that all humans could be traced back to a single common human ancestor – as the Bible said for millennia.

Although Darwin’s pseudoscience has been challenged and debunked, many people still cling to it desperately. While scientists think it will help them get grant money, it does so at the cost of truth and countless lies.

Darwin’s deadly legacy goes beyond South Africa.

Joseph Stalin – former leader of Soviet Russia and the USSR – is considered responsible for the genocide of 20 million as he strove to drive Russia into an atheist communist utopia. Stalin was an atheist whose main inspiration was Charles Darwin. He even hung a picture of him in his office.

Mau Ze Dong – former leader of China – is considered responsible for the deaths of 60 million as he relentlessly strove to force China to become a successful atheist utopia. He was reported to have said to his doctor that China had plenty of the population to lose.

Hitler was a Darwinist, who notably tried to “purify” the German “race” at the expense of millions of the “less evolved” and “inferior”.

And should we go on, this list would get very long – Darwinism has caused countless racism and incredible genocides.

Truth sets free

There was one person who never killed, stole, mistreated others – Christ.

He said:

John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”

John 8:31-32 “So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Jesus—”and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free”

John 8:34-36 “Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.””

You can be free – free of the racism, bigotry and deception in this world. Jesus can set you free. Find out more here.