The Apostle Paul’s letter to the church in South Africa:An opinion piece by Adv Leslie Sedibe, inspired by a sermon delivered by Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Sedibe writes in his personal capacity

As I write this letter to you, I sit behind prison doors with arm guards all around me. Let it be known that I am a prisoner for Christ and the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

 

Besides all my troubles, I have received the good news about your heroic struggle against colonialism, imperialism and apartheid. I was encouraged by the manner in which through dialogue and sufficient consensus you managed to overcome your greatest adversary and demons of racism. The brutal killing of your liberation icon, Chris Hani and many others before the dawn of your democracy was really intended to harm your triumphant march towards freedom and justice for all. By the grace of God, you overcame the designs of the enemy and remained united in your resolve to build a new nation, a rainbow nation.

 

Timothy my servant and brother, shared with me the news about your historic elections for a free and democratic nation. My heart sang with joy as I saw images of the many citizens of your country who stood in long and snaky queues to cast their ballot for the first time. Since your first democratic elections, you have done well to develop a democratic constitution that seeks to protect the rights of all your citizens. The hosting and subsequent victory by your rugby team in 1995 with your son, Nelson Mandela wearing a springbok jersey was a step in the right direction towards nation building.

 

Since the 1995 rugby World Cup, you have hosted major events such as the Africa Nations Cup, the Cricket World Cup, the FIFA Confederations Cup and the first FIFA World Cup to be hosted on the african continent. In fact, you are fast becoming known throughout the world for being great hosts for conferences and other major events. Your tourism numbers are impressive.

 

I was therefore deeply shocked and distressed to see images of the brutal killing of your fellow brothers and sisters from the African continent who took great care of you during your struggle. Since when did you develop such hatred towards foreign nationals? I was even more shocked by the loud silence of the church and the failure of the church to provide shelter and refuge for those that are homeless and hungry. For those of you who did, well done. I must remind you that the true purpose of your calling as a church is to preach the good news to the poor, to heal the broken hearted and to walk humbly with your God. 

 

And what is this nonsense I hear about preachers who make God’s people to eat grass and drink petrol? It seems to me that more and more of your churches are becoming social clubs and feeding on the desperate circumstances of your poor. I will not even comment about the immorality that is fast growing in your communities. Your children have now turned to drugs like nyaope because you have kicked out Christ from your schools. And then you wonder when teenage pregnancies are forever on the rise with some of your teachers taking advantage of your children. 

 

What is this rubbish that I hear about a 30 percent pass rate at your schools? Are you serious? Did you really struggle against apartheid to afford your children such an inferior pass rate or is this meant to make the teachers look good while concealing the real problems in your education system? Can you really expect to be a leading nation with such poor education outcomes? Is this what Tsietsi Mashinini, Hector Pieterson and others died for? I encourage you ponder this as you remember June 16, 1976. The best tribute you can pay your fallen heroes and legacy for future generations is to fix what is broken in your education system. Just ask Uncle Bob in Zimbabwe! He may have some good ideas to help you on this journey. After all, his people are better educated despite all their challenges.

 

Speaking of education, have you paused for a moment to notice the link between your sluggish economic growth rate and the lack of innovation, creativity and support for the smme sector? I have received reports from other churches that the biggest employer in their countries are the small businesses. Your wage bill for the civil service is way too high. Watch out!

 

Do you have a good story to tell? Yes you do without a doubt but I must issue a sound warning that this will not be for long if you carry on like this. You have turned your parliament into the most watched comic strip on your televisions and your children are watching all of this. Always remember that children listen to your actions.

 

The newspapers in your country have placed a limit to the number of words to my letters and I must now stop but please remember to take care of the poor in your country and stop wasting public funds on vanity projects and enriching the few politically connected. Corruption is a terrible thing that acts like a cancer that has destroyed many nations. Don’t be next! 

 

Always remember to do good and to support Proudly South African and work towards building Proudly African and do trade with your African brothers. Grow your local economies, feed the hungry, create sustainable jobs and fix your education before it is too late.

 

Let no debt remain outstanding amongst you except your love for each other. This is the same message that I wrote to the church at Rome. I reminded the Phillippians church to be anxious for nothing. I also encouraged the Colossians to set their minds on things above. I have noticed a major change in the church at Ephesus since my letter to them and I wish the same for you.  Meditate on what is good. Abhor evil. Pray for your leaders that you may live in peace to avoid similar tensions in the Middle East.

 

Grace, peace and mercy be with you until the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, amen!

 

An opinion piece by Adv Leslie Sedibe, inspired by a sermon delivered by Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Sedibe writes in his personal capacity

JUST WAIT UPON THE LORD

 

Waiting upon the Lord is no more, we all want what we want now and we demand what we want from God forcefully. Many Christian casualties today is because of lack of patience. When Christians are told about waiting, it is interpreted as “I am hated and they do not recognise me as a person.” Jesus says during our Bible study Matthew 6:26 God is able to feed the birds … How can then your Father, your God forget you since you are more important than these birds. [Paraphrased.]

Waiting safeguard us from receiving fake things that looks genuine.

The art of waiting will tell you and expose those who are fake. Fake is almost the same; texture will only tell you the genuine money note. Ask those who works at the Bank and they know what I am talking about. This is indeed the same thing in the ministry. Ministry is not good preaching, but good eatable Character, and humility.

  1. A WAITING PERIOD IS VERY IMPORTANT AFTER THE ANOINTING.

Please know your anointing, what are you anointed for, since David knew that he was appointed to be the next king of Israel not while Saul was still alive and he had to wait until the death of Saul. This is what I call waiting upon the Lord. ISAIAH 40:30-31

A waiting period is very important after the anointing. After the process of waiting which is determined by God through your obedience and dedication, and then comes appointment which we call ordination.

  • Joseph waited for 13 years after he realized that he was a dreamer.
  1. JOSEPH WAS MISINTERPRETED AND YOU TOO WILL BE MISINTERPRETED BIG TIME.
  • When Jacob looked at Joseph, he saw a good son; hence he made him the rope of many colours.
  • When Joseph’s brothers looked at Joseph, they saw a useless dreamer; hence they hated him and isolated themselves from Joseph.
  • When the travellers saw Joseph, they saw a slave; hence they bought him to be further sold for a profit.
  • When Pharaoh saw Joseph, he saw a responsible organizer; hence he bought him to take care of his whole estate.
  • When Pharaoh nameless wife saw Joseph, he saw a potential boyfriend; hence she tried to lead Joseph to sin.
  • When the jailors saw Joseph, they saw a rapist as it was declared that he wanted to rape the nameless pharaoh’s wife.
  • When God looked at Joseph, he saw a Prime minister of Egypt in training and in waiting.

What do people see in you? Forget what the people see in you, but be concerned about what God sees in you. You are the soon Coming…

  • President of South Africa.
  • Soon coming Engineer
  • Soon coming great Evangelist
  • Soon coming Supermarket owner.
  • Soon coming medical Doctor.
  • You are the soon coming minister of Finances of South Africa.
  • You are the soon coming Mall owner
  • You are the soon coming motor garage and filling station owner.
  • You are the soon coming greatest prophet, Apostle and Pastor.
  • You are the soon coming South Africa Ambassador outside South Africa
  • You are the soon coming Mrs. So and so and the Father of So and So.
  • You are indeed the soon coming somebody…

Therefore wait upon the Lord, Isaiah 40:30-31

  • Moses waited for 40 years in the wilderness, before he can start leading the Israelites out of Egypt.
  • The Israelites went around the Jericho wall for seven days; then the wall came down crumbling, it was not all of a sudden.
  • Jacob worked for his wives for 14 years each 7 years.
  • Nelson Mandela waited for 27 years before he became the first black President of South Africa.
  • Abraham waited for many years before Isaac was presented.
  • David waited until Saul’s death before he could take over the leadership while he was long anointed the second king of Israel.
  • Jesus waited for 30 years after he was discovered that he was for the business of God at 12 years.
  • The early saints died while waiting … Hebrews 11:13

Waiting is costly and demanding

Waiting need lot of patience and longsuffering

Waiting is individualistic and not a group thing.

Waiting is a big challenge since others will be laughing at you.

Waiting has no age limit; we are all called to wait upon the Lord.

Waiting has no status

Waiting has nothing to do with how much money do you have.

Waiting is beyond any colour of skin, and educational achievements.

  1. CONCLUSION

Remember those who failed to wait in the Work of the Lord.

Samson failed and lost his eyes.

Aaron failed and made a gold calf

Cain failed and killed his brother Abel.

Eve failed by not consulting God and she listened to the snake and today we are still suffering the outcome of that disobedience.

Peter failed to wait upon the Lord and chopped the ear of Malchus.

One of the sinners on the cross failed by ridiculing Jesus and he died without salvation.

Many pastors failed God by lack of waiting upon the Lord; they lied to people and robbed their member’s lot of money. They stole their members cars because of lack of waiting upon the Lord.

Many Pastors sold their souls by failing to wait upon the Lord because of the Love of Money, love of Wealth and Love of women and Love of Fame.

Fast life is very dangerous, as it make me not to depend upon God.

These are the last days spoken by Paul in the book of Timothy where he said “in the last days People will be lovers of money. 2 Timothy3:1-5 & 1 Timothy 4:1-2. These are indeed the last days. May God help us to keep our faith. Be blessed and Let us all pray.