If you are a Christian, what or who sets the agenda for your life? In other words what or who determines what things you should care and comment on? When you scroll down on social media platforms you will notice that many Christians simply regurgitate or follow whatever line has set up by the world’s media. A few days ago the main topical issue was the sentencing of Oscar Pistorius and this week it is the killing of Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana captian, Senzo Meyiwa.
I have no qualms with Christians commenting on either of these stories but I am appalled at the lack of Christian witness in many of the posts I make time to read. Our views on whether or not Oscar Pistorius should have been acquitted or given a longer sentence should never be informed by what the media feeds us but by our love for justice and righteousness. Justice and righteousness are pillars in God’s kingdom and should also be in our lives.
God’s kingdom is not built on the idea of retribution or favouritism but on fair dispensing of justice which allows for a punishment that is commensurate with the offence committed. The offence has to be determined by a competent judicial system which is tasked to weigh the evidence presented. This process is not governed by emotions but by a desire to correct a wrong committed. The correction of the wrong also includes the restoration and reintegration back to society of the offender.
When evaluating these issues of justice many Christians unfortunately take their cue from the world and not from the Word. The world teaches moral relativism while the Word teaches moral absolutism. In other words wrong or right in the Bible is not determined by the opinions of people but by God. This important principle is missing in many posts commenting on Senzo Meyiwa’s death. It is a fact that this talented goalkeeper was killed while visiting the home of his girlfriend, Kelly Khumalo.
Meyiwa was a married man who was open about his adulterous affair with Khumalo. I personally opted not to comment on the circumstances surrounding Meyiwa’s death but I was appalled when I saw Christians taking a popular view that seems to justify adultery. There might not be a causal link between the adulterous affair and Meyiwa’s death but it is wrong to suggest that the adultery is inconsequential when a person comes up for scrutiny by God.
Something else that disturbed me is the unprecedented pressure that the police are subjected to for them to get a breakthrough in Meyiwa’s case. There is now a reward of R250 000 for the apprehension of Meyiwa’s killers. Meyiwa’s death comes on the heels of the death of Olympic medallist Mbulaeni Mulaudzi in a car crash but has overshadowed Mulaudzi’s death because of how Meyiwa died. Meyiwa was murdered and so are 46 other South Africans who die every day.
South Africa’s murder average is 36.5 per 100 000 while the world average is 7.7 people per 100 000. The discussion about crime should therefore not occur only when it affects a well-known person. 16 000 are killed every year in South Africa and God is affected by each death. God does not treat the death of a famous person differently than that of an ordinary individual. If God hates injustice then why are we not touched by the same things that touch His heart?
Why does it have to take the death of Reeva Steenkamp for us to pay attention to issues of justice or the killing of Senzo Meyiwa to awaken us to the crime scourge? I think this happens because we have allowed ourselves to be seduced by the agenda of the world that sees one life as being different from another. Let me remind you that we are the light of the world and this means that our duty is to bring illumination to people’s paths. We should not just comment but we should bring Godly commentary on anything that is being discussed. We should not be trend followers but trend setters.