South Africa has been described as the rainbow nation of miracles, because the elections of 1994 were generally bloodless. People had high hopes for this African country. Now, in 2012, we hear of violent strikes where miners were killed, many more strikes going on, corruption, robberies, murders and rapes. Education is at an all time low and school text books are even thrown away instead of delivered to the students. Incompetence is at a high level because officials are generally not appointed because they are equipped to do a job, but because of nepotism and favouritism. Many hospitals are in shambles because they have few medicines, doctors, or funds. The government is racked by corruption, and Mr Zuma is under scrutiny because of the millions of rands that are being spent on improvements in his home town. Besides that, there is the belligerent attitude of the youngster, Malema, who incites many people to strike and to move to nationalise the mines and farms. He is also under investigation for corruption. What is happening to the rainbow nation?
Before reading further, understand that the following is a private opinion, based upon the Word of God:
Before 1994, God was honoured in the Constitution (not always by individuals, but He was acknowledged as the Supreme Authority). After 1994, references to the God of the Bible were removed. South Africa is now a country with a very liberal constitution, guaranteeing freedom of religion to all its citizens. That is why the country is eager to accept homosexual marriages and it might even be the first to acknowledge their flag; it has no problem with abortions and is in favour of increased sex education and even condoms to youngsters in schools.
God has an answer for what is happening in Isaiah 3:4-5 and 12:
- 'I will make boys their officials, mere children will govern them' (Isaiah 3:4). That doesn't mean literally boys, but incompetent people who are appointed because of political friends, family, or for whatever reason. There have been many cases of mismanagement and corruption, and it is costing the country billions. Even the noble cause of providing houses for the poor has been racked by corruption because builders delivered inferior houses, while the building inspectors turned a blind eye.
- God, through the Holy Spirit, continues: 'The young will rise up against the old, the base against the honourable' (Isaiah 3:5b). A mere youth like Julius Malema wants to dictate to the president and the country how to destroy the economy, as Mugabe did in Zimbabwe (nationalise the farms and mines so that poverty follows).
- 'Youths oppress my people, women rule over them' (Isaiah 2:12a). As a man who has been happily married for 42 years, and who acknowledges that in some areas of life my wife is far better than I, I cannot be accused of being biased. We cannot deny that there are many competent women in business and politics. However, there is a difference between appointments because of quotas, opposed to appointments because someone is best qualified for the job.
Amidst all this, is there a future of order and prosperity for South Africa? God says in Isaiah 1:18-20: "Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord. 'Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land; but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword,' for the mouth of the Lord has spoken." People might object that it is invalid to require submission to the God of the Bible in a country's constitution, because there is no reference in the constitution of a nation like Japan, to God. We have to remember that Japan has never been a Christian country that acknowledged God's rule. They are Shinto. South Africa is different. It has specifically turned its back on God. Many worldly efforts are made to counter the moral slide. There are actions against the abuse of women and children and such noble causes. These are well meant, but it is doubtful if anything changes because of the campaigns. Maybe if some of our government leaders, like the president, will openly declare they believe in God, it might influence the country to follow suit.
It is our opinion that only a return to God, which includes a return to good governance, will change the situation in South Africa. If that will happen remains to be seen. In Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe continues in office, despite his age. He continues to blame the West for the suffering he has brought on the population by his destructive policies.