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March / April 2011

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March / April 2011

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Dear Friends,

Presently, in April 2011, Julius Malema, leader of the ANC Youth League, is standing trial in the Johannesburg High Court for singing the song “Kill the Boer, kill the Farmer” which he likes to chant at his political rallies. The action was brought against him by AfriForum, a civil rights organisation, and by the Transvaal Agricultural Union. 1) Malema claims that the offensive words are not hate speech, though previous court rulings did outlaw them as such.

When one watches the TV news, a surreal picture presents itself. Julius Malema arriving at court, flanked by five body guards heavily armed with machine guns and accompanied by the ANC icons Winnie Mandela and Gwede Mantashe. A crowd of admirers gathered around the court is following the trial inside on a giant TV screen mounted on a truck outside.

“An Action against the Revolution”

Twenty-nine year old Malema claims that the words “Kill the Boer, kill the Farmer. Shoot the Boers, they are rapists, they are cowards,” are harmless struggle lyrics, and Gwede Mantashe, Secretary General of the ANC, supports him in this. The press quotes Mantashe as saying, that whoever seeks to prevent the singing of this ‘strugglesong’ is “tampering with the history of the country and the liberation movement.” - The court case, he claims, is not about Julius Malema, but about “protecting the history and heritage of the ANC.” 2) Malema agrees. The court action, he says, is not so much an action against him as “an action against the ANC and against the revolution.” 3)

The Killing of Farmers

The fact, however, is that the killing of farmers has reached crisis proportions. When Eugene Terre’Blanche (69), the leader of the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging, was murdered last Easter (3.4.2010) on his farm in Ventersdorp, he was the 3368 th victim of this scourge since the African National Congress (ANC) came to power in 1994. In the year since his death a further 51 Farmers have been murdered in 77 farm attacks, an average of more than 4 per month. Farmers are a highly endangered group, for the incidence of farm murders is 10 times higher than murders among other groups of South Africans and 700 times higher than killings elsewhere in the world. 4)

A Charge of Genocide is laid before the World Court

Earlier in April a member of the Verkennersbeweging van Suid-Afrika flew to the International Court of Justice in the Hague, Holland, charging the African National Congress (ANC) and the South African Government with Genocide, submitting documentation about the killing of farmers and demanding that the ANC be held responsible.

AfriForum, too, has sought international help. It took the present dispute with Julius Malema to the United Nations. 5) - Even the international organisation Genocide Watch has acknowledged that the killing of farmers in South Africa is in fact genocide. It has graded these murders at level 5 of a scale of 8 levels, and classifies them as being perpetrated by “black racists,” against whom farmers have little protection since the abolition of the Commandos. 6)

Civilised Standards

Apart from Communist regimes, most governments seek for peace and harmony among their subjects. Especially in the West, one of the fundamental principles of Christian civilisation has been the Great Commandment of Christ: “As you wish that men would do to you, do so to them.” (Luke 6:31) This commandment, if observed, guarantees respect for “human dignity.” - If this principle is reversed, the peace of a nation is jeopardized. - Julius Malema demands the right to sing: ”Kill the Boer!” But what if we all demanded such a “right?” What, if the Muslims would sing: “Kill the Christians,” or the Whites would sing: “Kill Malema. Kill the ANC youth league. They are rapists and cowards!” Would not those who presently demand indemnity for such things, be the first ones to condemn this as “hate speech?” And would not the judiciary of the whole world support them?

When is hate speech not hate speech?

Why, indeed, do we have a law against hate speech? Jesus said: “You have heard that it was said to the men of old, ‘You shall not kill; and whoever kills shall be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that every one who is angry with his brother shall be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother shall be liable to the council, and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be liable to the hell of fire.” (Matthew 5:21-22)

When does hate speech not promote hate actions? “The tongue is a fire,” says James, “setting on fire the cycle of nature, and set on fire by hell…” (James 3:6) The sad spectacle of prominent ANC leaders (and some White experts) declaring in court that a call to murder is not, or may not be, a call to murder is amazing. Julius Malema is supported by two of the ANC’s most prominent office bearers. There is Winnie Mandela whose tongue, in the 1980s, fanned the fires of cruel necklacings. “With our tyres and our matches we shall liberate this country,” she had exclaimed. And then there is ANC Secretary Gwede Mantashe, who is also the Chairman of the South African Communist Party. Malema’s murderous words, he says, are not hate speech. They should be allowed, in order to “protect the history and heritage of the ANC.”

The Freedom Charter

Malema is known to wholeheartedly endorse the ANC Freedom Charter, which states that “the Land shall be shared among those who work it!” This principle is the basis of Land Reform. It probably also motivates violent actions against farmers in order to drive them off their land. But land reform has not been all that successful. By the Government’s own admission 90% of the farms given to land claimants are now derelict. Though in our churches we pray: “Give us this day our daily bread,” many people do not seem to worry about who provides this bread and how. According to an opinion poll only 66% of South African Blacks regard Malema’s words as hate speech against food producers. What about the rest? Do they ever wonder where the food for over 50 Million South Africans comes from, or even what our neighbouring countries live on?

Communism

The Freedom Charter represents old style Communism. Many people regard Communism as a mere matter of politics. But Communism is a humanistic religion, a religion of hate and envy. Its philosophy has destroyed the peace and prosperity of many nations, and its policies have brought great countries to ruin. Its founder, Karl Marx, was a satanist. He said: “I wish to avenge myself against the One who rules above.” His disciple, Vladimir Lenin, was an atheist. He said: “We must hate. Hatred is the basis of Communism.” His instruments, the Soviets, declared: “Let us drive out the Capitalists from earth, and God from Heaven.” The first to be driven out were the farmers in Russia and the Ukraine, with the result that millions of people starved to death. Who knows, perhaps it all started with a song: “Kill the Kulak, kill the Farmer.”

Let us not follow the same suicidal route. Let us guard against a continuous revolution. “Nation building” is greater and nobler than actions of envy and hate. Covetousness has caused more racism in South Africa today than ever existed in Apartheid times. We need to appreciate one another, encourage one another, and get back to Christ’s command: “As you wish that men would do to you, do so to them.” (Luke 6:32) Instead of singing “Kill the Boer,” let us sing “Praise God from whom all blessings flow,” and thank Him for His rich providence.

May God bless you richly,

D. Scarborough.

Footnotes :

  1. The High Court is sitting as an Equality Court and acting n terms of the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act.
  2. Times Live, 19.4.2011, Malamaphobia rules.
  3. Die Afrikaner 15-21 April, 2011, Editorial, Die Freedom Charter kom in fokus.
  4. Ibid., Boer het gevaarliker werk as polisieman.
  5. Die Afrikaner, 8-14 April 2011, Volksmoord klagte teen regering en ANC in Den Haag gelê.
  6. Ibid.

OUR WORLD BELONGS TO GOD (continued)

A Contemporary Testimony of the Christian Reformed Church, USA, 1986

Drafted in view of the secularisation of modern life and culture.

THE HOLY SPIRIT  

  1. At Pentecost the Holy Spirit 1 was given to the church. In pouring his Spirit on many peoples God overcomes the division of Babel; 2 now people from every tongue, tribe, and nation are gathered into the unity of the body of Christ.
    1. Acts 2 - “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them… Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, ‘What does this mean?’”
    2. Revelation 7 - “After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no-one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in from of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: ‘Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb… Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honour and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!”
  2. Jesus stays with us in the Spirit, 1 who renews our hearts, moves us to faith, leads us in the truth, 2 stands by us in our need, and makes our obedience fresh and vibrant.
    1. John 14 - “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counsellor to be with you for ever – the Spirit of truth… The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.’ The Counsellor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
    2. 2 Corinthians 3:7-18 - “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”
  3. The Spirit thrusts 1 God’s people into worldwide mission. He impels young and old, 2 men and women, to go next door and far away 3 into science and art, media and marketplace with the good news of God’s grace. The Spirit goes before them and with them, 4 convincing the world of sin and pleading the cause of Christ.
    1. Matthew 28:18-20 - “Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I will be with you always, to the very end of the age.”
    2. Matthew 9:35-38 - “When Jesus saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
    3. Luke 14:15-24 - “Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame… Go out to the roads and country lanes and make them come in, so that my house will be full.”
    4. John 16:5-15 - “Unless I go away, the Counsellor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you… He will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment… When he, the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and make it known to you.”
  4. The Spirit’s gifts are here to stay 1 in rich variety – fitting responses to timely needs. We thankfully see each other as gifted members of the fellowship 2 which delights in the creative Spirit’s work. He gives more than enough to each believer for God’s praise and our neighbour’s welfare. 3
    1. 1 Corinthians 12-14 - “Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant… No-one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, ‘Jesus be cursed,’ and no-one can say, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ except by the Holy Spirit. There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge… to another gifts of healing… to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another the ability to speak in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines… Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all have gifts of healing?… But eagerly desire the greater gifts.”
    2. Ephesians 4 - “I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit – just as you were called to one hope when you were called – one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all… Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
    3. Romans 12 - “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – which is your spiritual worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will… We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.
    Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honour one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervour, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practise hospitality… Do not be overcome by evil; but overcome evil with good.”

From the Belgic Confession (of 1561)

We believe and confess also that the Holy Spirit proceeds eternally from the Father and the Son – neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but only proceeding from the two of them. - In regard to order, he is the third person of the Trinity – of one and the same essence, and majesty , and glory, with the Father and the Son. - He is true and eternal God, as the Holy Scriptures teach us.”

All Scripture texts are taken from the NIV Bible.


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