South Africa is a great country, with a great people. One of our great values as a culture is the value of Ubuntu. Relationships matter. How we treat others matters. It reflects not only on our value of them, but also back to who we are ourselves.
At the moment Johannesburg is advertising the SEXPO. I believe that sex is a great gift from God. As a Christian I rejoice that in Genesis it is clear that sex is God's idea, His gift. It is, though, His gift for a particular context. It is His gift for marriage, and marriage alone.
Rarely a day goes by without the media raising some concerns in society about pornography and sexual abuse. Rarely a day goes by without some tragedy related to women being treated as objects. Rarely a day does by without some new sadness with the break up of families, or the challenge of teen pregnancy.
My fear is that such an event does little to build positive faithful relationships in our society. In short the event serves to undermine us as a nation.
Some banks are also excited about being open on a Sunday. If I can go to the shops, why cant I go to the bank. The South African retail banking sector gives great service to our nation. Our banks are some of the most advanced in the world.
However, once again we seem to be missing a bigger picture. If bank clerks have to work on Saturday and Sunday, who will invest in their children. If we further erode time in the week that families can be together, are we not sowing the seeds of our own demise. We know how many of our children are neglected - this is not going to help.
If my children are at school in the week and I am at work over the weekend - when does the society allow, let alone encourage us to invest in the next generation - in those who are most precious to our future.
So I hope you share my sadness.
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