Friday, June 21, 2013

Let's move on from the Kleinfontein churches and get on with the work.

Can I just say this about the Freestate NG Kerk and Belhar Confession? They're like the people of Kleinfontein- just a little bit more savvy and sophisticated.

Like with the people of "Kleinfontein", I am therefore more and more convinced that those of us who are guided and inspired by this understanding of God's word for time (the Belhar Confession), simply need to move on and get on with the work. I pray to God that I say this not triumphantly or with a vindictive spirit-however, I say this to remind our leaders of the dire needs and pain in our communities. Irrespective of how this will be read by the Kleinfonteiners, there is work to be done.

There's been a season for us to try to convince people to "accept" the Belhar Confession. I think that season was crucial. I also think that God wanted all of us to pursue that quest with all of our energies. We also (inspired by the Belhar Confession) searched for unity- structural unification between the various racially apart Dutch Reformed churches. However, I think that the season of intense concentration on this structural unification, is over. By persuing that, we run the risk of missing what we need to do now and within the next decade or so. There are pressing (life and death) concerns that calls for our attention as the broader Belhar Community. Let me mention a few, even though this is not a exhaustive list. Much more serious research need to be done within the next few years, if not decades.

Whether we speak of drug addiction, the influx of refugees from Zimbabwe or Somalia, unemployment or lack of sanitation services because of contractors and counselors "eating" the money, God calls us now to simply stand where He stands - with the poor and needy; to call for justice and restitution and to follow Him, even when powers are against it. These concerns points to a deeper cancerous malaise, which might destroy our communities. Should we continue to seek out people who simply doesn't want us- or should we start to love the people who begs and cries out for our attention- here on our doorsteps? My sense is that faith communities need to allow these concerns to start to impact and influence the way we do and live out the good news of God. We must stop to go over land and sea to hope for the love and respect of people, who see your presence as an irritation or worse, as a criminal who wants to steal their property. Of course, the doors must remain open for whoever wants to join and we must remain open for invitations towards serving together, but, for goodness sake, lets not get stuck on Kleinfontein and for the next 20 years, try to convince them to join the Tswane Metro Council. Its time for us to get on with the work - with our responsibility. Let's get up and clean up our streets, our communities, let's love our children, strengthen our families, enjoy the fun-times as communities... (you know what I mean) and for goodness sake, let's take care of our own calling. No-one else can do that.

Smoke and mirrors... our new political voices.

Let me put it on record: Kenny Kunene and his ilk, doesn't speak on my behalf. Yes, they might be savvy when it comes to how to manipulate publicity, but something's smelly.

I just had to say this and yes, I don't mind that this is my small contribution to him trending. At least my position in the debate is one of caution and serious concern. Of course, I could have opted to keep quiet. But the moment friends and colleagues on my timeline, start to hail him and put in an effort to share his stuff, i.e., the moment we allow womanizers and shady characters to become our social commentators and political voices then I fear, we sliding towards becoming a banana republic- a parody of democracy. A joke!

Please folks, I guess everyone has a voice, but to the media, my plea is: stop giving these characters so much publicity. The last time you did this was, of course, with Juju. Remember him? In Afrikaans media, the agenda is set at some point by Dan Roodt, Ernst Roets and Afriforum, whilst here in the English media anything goes: from Kenny Kunene and his associate Gayton McKenzy (my spelling is shady, ja). But the issue is broader. These characters have an agenda and media helps pushing that agenda. Let me explain: This kind of thing also happens in our community meetings, where the merchant and druglord speaks the loudest when it comes for community policing issues. We must remember, this is a strategy where these characters infiltrate the structures where key decisions are made and try to influence decisions to suit their 'business interests'. It is the blurring of the lines between public interests and shady business, between the underworld and the centers of public policy making. I am very concerned in the way these character use public forums, a hype hungry media and to push his agenda.

So, please be reminded of this moment in our political history. The question is of course: where did you stand?