LETTER: Spiritual healing, freedom needed

2016-03-22 06:00

With the lack of growth in the South African economy, constant corruption in governmental institutions, the high inflation rate and cost of living, increase in violent protests and especially the prolonged drought in the country, people are seriously concerned about the direction the country is heading.

Given the poor state we currently find ourselves in as individuals and collectively, it is good to note that it is Easter this coming weekend. While we will again be bombarded with irrelevant images of Easter bunnies, Easter eggs, hot cross buns and pickled fish in various media adverts, it is good to be reminded once again of the real meaning of Easter and its continued relevance for mankind today. It is the celebration of the death of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary and His resurrection nearly 2000 years ago.

From well-documented scriptural and historical evidence we see how millions of individuals and nations over the centuries experienced physical, psychological and spiritual healing, deliverance and restoration by looking to the cross and acknowledging Jesus as Saviour and Lord. It is especially the same spiritual healing and spiritual freedom that is truly needed by the South African nation.

Whatever plans our political, governmental, religious and other leaders have developed to solve the major problems of our communities and country, these solutions have only been short-term and partially effective, due to their failure to acknowledge this need.

How long will we also deny ourselves deliverance from social evils such as gangsterism and alcohol, drug and other addictions, theft and robbery, women and child abuse, assault and murder, rape and sexual promiscuity by continuing to ignore the Bible’s answers for South Africa?

R Bates Cape Town

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