South Africa is in the midst of a cauldron of hatred and frustration boiling over into Adamic blameshifting and Cainonic murder. Adam blamed God for his failure (Genesis 3:12); we blame the government! Cain killed his own brother because he was angry (Genesis 4:6); we kill foreign nationals. Just like Cain, sin lies crouching at the door (Genesis 4:7) … and it has obviously pounced. Cain’s sin of anger boiled over into murder. It is no wonder that the Lord Jesus equated anger with your brother to the sin-crime of murder (Matthew 5:21–22).
The reason for this is that ideas have consequences.
When I listen to the debate and the speeches and all the talking heads on this matter, and when I hear the radio campaigns calling for someone to say something against xenophobia (defined as “fear of strangers”), I feel compelled to respond.
People want to know how this could all have started. The have questions. But, like so many questions in our society, it seems that they don’t actually want to know the answer. There is this norm in our society where it is quite acceptable to ask questions. They abound. But heaven help the one who raises their hand (like the know-it-all child in class) and says, “I have the answer!” Such answer-givers are dealt a swift branding as being arrogant or bigoted or proud or, worse, all three. I don’t understand that. Can someone please answer that conundrum? Just be careful if you have the answer!
Sequitur (“it follows”)
I have said that ideas have consequences. We look at the way that our people in South Africa are acting and we scratch our heads lamenting our loss of humanity. Then, after we have scratched our heads, we send our children to the schools where they are indoctrinated with the thesis that they come from animals, and then we hold our thumbs in the hope that they won’t act like that from which we say they herald. Ideas have consequences.
If there is no Creator—or rather you call (s)he / it / random chance—then why should I feel any accountability or sense of responsibility to my brother? After all, this Zimbabwean, Somalian, Nigerian, British or Dutch (you get the point) brother is actually a threat to my survival. Therefore, survival of the fittest demands that I extinguish all threats to my existence. Ideas have consequences.
“That’s barbaric!” you exclaim.
“Who says?” I reply.
Why would any of this action be wrong? Who gets to say what is right and wrong here? Our national survival demands the execution of additional drainage on scarce resources. This is simply the outworking of Darwinian ideology—an ideology that we have embraced nationally. What makes your idea of right and wrong better than my idea of right and wrong? In the minds of the xenomurderers (I don’t think we can say that South Africans have any phobias of strangers), they are justified. Who gets to say they are wrong? Ideas have consequences, and we are tasting the fruit of the seed we have sown.
New Fruit Demands New Trees
Do you not think, fellow South Africans, that maybe we need to sow new seeds? I, for one, do not like the taste of the fruit we are eating. In fact, it is poisonous. Why do we keep on sowing the same seed? We need to destroy the seed of secular humanism and sow the seed of theocentric accountability.
The saying is true: “A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; he rages against all wise judgment” (Proverbs 18:1).
We are living in a time in which, as a people, we are happy to cut off our nose to spite our face. That doesn’t sound like sound judgement to me. And it is because we are an angry people.
God asked Cain: “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen?” I ask the same question? Why are you angry, and why the long face?
His follow up question was more telling. “If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”
The question demands another question. Who can rule over sin? Who can rule over his inability to do what is right? The answer is:
As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one; there is none who understands; there is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; they have together become unprofitable; there is none who does good, no, not one.
Their throat is an open tomb; with their tongues they have practiced deceit;
The poison of asps is under their lips;
Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.
Their feet are swift to shed blood; destruction and misery are in their ways; and the way of peace they have not known.
There is no fear of God before their eyes.
A Call to Change
The answer is not a Twitter campaign or a presidential speech or a smart aleck article. The answer lies in agreeing with God that we are sinners. That means that we are to confess our sin. Jews and Gentiles, South Africans and Zimbabweans, Nigerians and Somalians, Dutch and Australians are charged with being all under sin (Romans 3:9). Are we any better than anyone? The answer is no.
This is precisely why we need to agree with our Creator’s conclusion of our position apart from Him and then run to His solution to our horrible problem. The “righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ” is “to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:22–24). Redemption. That sounds like something we need.
Jesus came to make His blessings flow far as the curse is found. And the curse is found everywhere. So where the curse is, His blessing will flow. We need simply receive His free offer. Will you receive it? Are there any in South Africa who would heed this call? Come to Jesus Christ and place all your confidence away from yourself and your government and your business and your substances and your toys and place all of your confidence in Jesus. Let’s learn from him how to free ourselves from the mess that we are in!