They are none other than the descendants of Ham and as Afrikaans speaking South Africans we are, just as the Israelites of old, God’s chosen people because we were the only nation to have ever entered into a vow with God. This was the vow made on 16 December 1838 at the Battle of Blood River, yet to this day, 176 years later; this apparent vow cannot even be properly kept.
This is some of the racist and egotistic remarks I hear on a regular basis and that I’ve been indoctrinated with too. To my shame I might even have confessed these shameful obscenities before I had that life changing encounter with an Almighty God.
Descendants of Ham in reference to this article refers to the black population of Southern Africa and God’s chosen people herein refers to the white Afrikaans speaking individuals of South Africa.
I do realize that these references to our people are completely unbiblical and a ridiculous mentality bred from a sick mind. God created all people on the surface of this planet as equal individuals to His image. Although each and every cultural ethnicity has their unique traits none of us should ever consider ourselves as being exalted above the other if you claim Christianity.
However, bearing the aforesaid in mind, after attending worship service this Sunday past I’ve experienced a feeling of, “what if the exact opposite of these two mind-sets where true?”
What would become of that very same Afrikaans person claiming these self-righteous and racist absurdities if their black counterparts where indeed the chosen people of an Almighty God, because on a cold wintry morning during the school holidays they are willing to fill the pews of the church to capacities unheard of in white circles during school breaks and during winter times, in order to praise and worship.
Also not considered an obstacle was the fact that service was already well underway, for they kept on coming; some from as far away as 20km as the building they use for their regular worship sessions was available to them no longer.
Yes, these were sheep without a kraal who came in search of The Shepherd and whom they also found, yet the sheep that already has pasturelands could not bother to walk as far as 50 meter from across the road to attend service, as the wind and the chill and the school break did not allow them to.
What happened to the very member who viciously criticises their Pastor or Minister should a church service be delivered in English to accommodate all, thus supressing and robbing them of the Afrikaans language of their mother-tongue?
I’m certainly not trying to judge or criticise anyone through this article as I’m a white person of Afrikaans origins too. As a matter of fact I’m totally sin-drenched but God has taught me to approach all people in love, respect; understanding and with tolerance.
Yes, this is a difficult task to maintain and at times I totally succumb to my sinful nature since a fondness towards each and every person who crosses our paths is impossible. The 2nd command however orders us to love our neighbours regardless of their race and this type of love cannot be entered into negotiations with God.
The pain in this whole situation however is the fact that the most hated people in South Africa according to some and yes, also those who were the most oppressed through a hellish political system of the past are ironically also the same people who would not hesitate to call upon the name of The Lord and consequently saying; “Here I am to worship. Here I am to say that you’re my God.”
All of a sudden the words of Jesus as spoken in Matthew 7:23 echoes through my mind; “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!”
Who will Jesus send away: the worshipper or the hypocrite? He who praises His name or him who self-righteously declares ownership in heaven because of being chosen?
I do realize that some people may be offended with this article, but this is by no means my intention at all. I’m merely trying to bring home a point that I believe God pointed out to me.
The point being that a willingness to serve the Lord might arise from the most unexpected circles of our society and that those who considers themselves the chosen ones, yet in the church foyers they seldom trod, should become quite within themselves and reflect on the possibility, even for just a moment, if that what they so stoutly confess could indeed be reversed upon them, for it is through reflections as these that God will touch the rugged heart and cut away all thoughts of snide remarks and contemptuous believes.