Stop what you are doing and look around you. Take it all in. Take note of where you are. Who you are with. What you are doing. Burn it into your memory. Today might just be the most important day of your life. Today, we get to find out whether God is real or not.
Ever since I first started looking at News24, there has been a running battle between the Christians and the atheists about the existence of God. Watching it from the outside has been about as interesting as watching someone else read a book.
To be fair, it does occasionally look like a fun debate to be involved in; finding that many ways to question a complete stranger’s intelligence must be an interesting challenge. But here’s the thing; it’s not a fun debate to watch. Not in the long term. One hearty afternoon’s flame-war can be passingly diverting, particularly if it involves poorly applied quotes and misinterpretations of the scientific method. But three years? Not so much.
Ever since burning those you disagree with at the stake was eliminated as a way of proving your point, watching adults argue about God is like watching toddlers argue about their favourite colours. It’s all fun and games until the crying starts, but in the end, we all know no-one is going to win. Each party will come away just as sure of their own rectitude as they were when they started. Despite the fact that we all know that it’s blue.
No more. A man has appeared among us. A special man. A man who will settle the argument once and for all.
Will he disprove the existence of God by writing an insulting comment on News24? Will he silence the Christians forever by proving that he once read a book by Richard Dawkins? Will he sap the atheists of their will to continue by including 47 bible quotes in a 100 word paragraph? He will not. He will leave those endeavours to lesser men.
His name is Nelson Thabo Modupe. And we already owe him our gratitude. He is the man who got us through the 2010 Soccer World Cup without any power cuts. But he did not act alone.
He teamed up with God. Yup. Nelson Thabo Modupe held the national grid together by the power of prayer. And we thank him for it.
There is, however, a bit of a problem. He does not want our thanks. Nope. Not Nelson. Nelson wants R250 million. That’s what Eskom owes him for his services. And the tight-fisted bastards haven’t paid him. And so he has been forced to take the matter to court. The case is being heard today.
And so, today, thanks to Mr Modupe, the North West High Court will be answering some questions that have inflamed mankind since the dawn of time. Is there a God? If so, how long has he been in the employ of Nelson Thabo Modupe? Or is it more of a partnership thing?
I must confess that I’m quite excited to hear the outcome. I’m an atheist, myself (the kind that doesn’t worship anybody, not the kind that worships Christopher Hitchens), but if the court finds that God exists, and he’s getting involved in the delivery of essential services, I’ll be happy to change my views. If He can fix the potholes in my road, and stop my water from getting cut off every few weeks, just show me where to kneel, and pipe down while I shoot off a few prayers.
Don’t go anywhere though. I might need you as my witness when I start charging the municipality for my services. I would ask God to do it, but between Nelson and me I don’t think He’s going to have the time.