The power of unity

2015-05-05 06:00

Churches, mosques and religious structures of most faiths, organisations and government institutions all alike make a big fuss of their mission and vision statements.

All of them are guided by such, or if not, they are dysfunctional.

Mostly vision and mission statements involve the community and the people they serve and how to achieve their goals and objectives. The very community they (we) serve are those where we are based or situated and affiliated to.

The conclusion is that we all serve a common goal, which is to uplift, develop, capacitate and influence our fellow citizen positively (or negatively).

Likewise any other institution, including gangs and gangsters: All serve a common goal – to influence and achieve their goals. In the case of gangs, mostly the goals are to rule, influence and grow.

Unfortunately, the relevant roleplayers who are supposedly established to represent and reflect the “godly” and “good” purpose and mission, are caught up in protocols, doctrine, affiliations and man-made rules and unfounded religious beliefs or interpretations and politics.

Most community initiatives and efforts to overcome the evils of our society are hindered by selfish goals and objectives. Common goals and objectives today are founded in “what’s in it for us/me, my (our) glory and my (our) image”.

When are we going to see the community church united in addressing the social ills of the community, government departments presenting a united proposal, community leaders responding united to act collectively or a united show of objection to the socials ills we preach, talk, pray and debate about?

Whilst we as the community remain divided, gangs and other forces of darkness continue to unite in mission and vision. In fact, our division empowers the opposition!

The answer to overcoming gangsterism is to act collectively, boldly and to face and address the issues at hand directly. Across the boundaries of communities, we must demonstrate the power of unity

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