The church needs to go back to basics

2019-01-30 06:01
Thapelo Molefi Social Observer

Thapelo Molefi Social Observer

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Has the epitome of moral fibre collapsed?

The church as we know it is one of the founding pillars of authority in society.

Many historians and citizens view the church as an embodiment of morality.

The church has always been rooted deeply within society from the beginning of time.

One classic example is the role the Roman Catholic Church has played in the development of law as we know it today. Most of the common law used by jurists, including some elements in the judicial system, were influenced by the church.

The church played a vital role in promoting education as many schools around the world were built by churches.

Despite the good things the church has done, some might argue that at some point the same church was used to discriminate against individuals.

Having said that, my focus is to highlight the role the church has played as a source of authority and a beacon of home for many.

Coming back home, one will never forget the role that the church played in educating the earliest African academics.

The church was responsible for providing shelter and food to the needy, and more. Through its teaching the church reminded society about respect and the spirit of togetherness.

These teachings combine with the indigenous African principle of Ubuntu and made it possible for societies to live together in harmony. Who can forget the role church formations played in defeating apartheid?

Having mentioned the latter, some historians are still divided on the role the church played in defeating apartheid.

During the era of democracy in South Africa one might have a view that the church has put some of its roles in society in abeyance.

However, some might argue that the democratic dispensation allowed a freedom of association, whereby people have a right to follow their own religion without being prejudiced.

This rightfully or wrongly has justified narrative within the society based on the principle that the church enjoyed hegemony and autonomy within the community before the democra­tic dispensation.

Democracy has come with a lot of challenges, especially the decay of morality as we know it.

Some conservative groups have a view that the laws that were passed in the democratic dispensation were influenced mainly by Western countries and that it is to blame for the decay of moral amongst citizens.

The church has also evolved after our attainment of democracy. Some still believe that some of its evolutionary characteristics have a bitter taste.

The mushrooming of bogus churches has not assisted in the church repositioning itself as an epitome of morality and a beacon of home.

Other social commentators have a view that lawlessness in our country is an indicative of a breakdown of the moral of society.

The church needs to take its place within the society – doing so it needs to go back to the basics.

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