A contest between value systems
Complacency around local government might be a thing of the past if one judges by the huge interest shown in the recently held 2016 Local Government elections. The turnout was impressive and so is the continued interest in the results as they are released by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).
And the fact that some key municipalities might change hands shows that no political party has hegemony over the South African electorate.
It seems that we are in for interesting times ahead. Having said that I think it would be remiss of us as Christians not to pause and thank God for the environment that prevailed over these elections. We should be thankful that violence and intimidation did not spoil things, even as we saw disturbing incidences of the killing of ANC candidates.
So, in a sense the kingdom of God has fared well in these polls. Remember that ours is a kingdom defined by righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.
So while the winning political parties might be busy with their victory dance it is the victory of God’s kingdom that Christians are eagerly waiting for. You might wonder why I make reference to God’s kingdom when talking about elections. Well the answer is that elections are more than just a political contest. They are a contest between value systems and the winning system is the one that gets to govern people.
For instance the ANC’s Siyanqoba Rally in Port Elizabeth was preceded by rituals to ancestors because of their belief that their power base is located with the spirits of the dead. With the DA there has been this alleged connection with freemasonry.
My point is, over and above the provision of basic services or the enforcement of municipal bylaws, there are other things at play in South Africa. Christians should therefore remain vigilant and continue to watch and pray.
The promise for our country is that God will raise righteous leaders who will govern with integrity. I believe it is the prayer womb of the Church that will give birth to such leaders.
The Bible tells us that righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a disgrace to any people (Proverbs 14:34). We know very well the disgrace that has been caused by sinful leaders, especially those in political office.
So in these recent elections and others in the future, the conquests of man are less important than the conquests of God and His glorious kingdom. And to that end I say, “even so, come, Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:20).