It is time for South African Christians to bring God into the equation in their voting, said African Christian Democratic Party President (ACDP), Rev Kenneth Meshoe in an interview screened on Watchman On The Wall on TBN last week.
Interviewed by Family Policy Institute Director, Errol Naidoo, following his recent return to Parliament after a five months absence, Meshoe called on Christians to change their thinking from wanting a strong opposition to wanting a righteous government.
Asked about the loss of some Christian voters from the party in the last election, he said the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) “Stop Zuma” campaign slogan in 2009 caught the hearts of many people who were upset with the what was happening in the country. But Zuma became president and things have got worse.
He said it is not enough to stop Zuma, because if the DA replaced the ANC it would just be substituting one liberal party for another liberal party.
“The issue of loose morals in the country that is even causing children to rape children would continue. There has to be a change. There has to be a strong, moral foundation in the country. And this strong, moral foundation cannot be built by unbelievers or by secularists. This strong, moral foundation has to be built by people who believe that righteousness must be the foundation of South Africa,” he said.
He said the ACDP has for 20 years been uncompromising in its stand for Biblical values and principles “because we believe it is the principles of the Word of God that can make nations to be successful”.
Commenting on the party’s participation in the Collective for Democracy ( together with Cope, Freedom Front Plus, IFP and UCDP) he said it is necessary for parties to work together to advance democracy. The ACDP would not, however, enter into a coalition or any agreement that required it to compromise on its Biblical values.
Meshoe predicted that there will be a number of surprises in the 2014 elections. He said many people are feeling disillusioned and “angry that they have been lied to for nearly 20 years”. Christians are saying they have previously not considered the Lord when going to the polls, he said He predicted that the ACDP, which dropped from a high of 7 parliamentary seats after the 2004 election to 3 seats after 2009, will benefit from the present climate. He said the party is going to campaign hard from door-to-door and in churches and aims to win at least 30 seats this year.
With a stronger representation in parliament the ACDP would ensure it was represented on all committees in order to influence all legislation. It would also campaign for a constitutional amendment to protect the rights of the unborn. And it would work to improve SA’s relations with Israel, recognising the Biblical promise (Genesis 12:3) that nations that curse Israel will be cursed and nations that bless her will be blessed.
Asked about growing threats to religious freedom under the present government, Meshoe said in the lead up to the elections on May 7, the ACDP will tell church congregations about how some churces are already being persecuted for teaching scripture. He would warn them that the persecution will continue if they continued to vote for secular political parties.
Meshoe said he visited cities in the United States and Canada during his parliamentary break in order to raise funds for the elections.