Mmusi Maimane Is The Right Reverend To Save South Africa

2015-05-14 10:06

Over the years, the South Africa political scene has seen a lot of “men of the cloth” (Reverends). Both from the apartheid movement and in the liberation movement; there has been a sort of theology enhanced by either the misuse of bible scriptures to support injustice or justification of violence against injustice. This was convened through close proximity of political parties and government to the Christian faith or the installation of clergyman into strategic positions.

Now, I am not an advocate of mixing religion with politics, they are two different entities with unique functions. But both need to cross pollinate to enhance progression of any society. Politics need Christianity.

According to the pocket guide to South Africa, almost 80% of South Africa’s population follow the Christian faith. So Christianity stands as the majority religion in the country that is multi-faith. So, why haven’t we seen the same positive influence Jesus had over the political, social and spiritual issues of his day? Why is poverty and corruption on the rise despite having a strong Christian presence in the nation? Are Christians really practicing what they preach? Does the bible have something intelligent to say about how we can build, transform or reform a society? Have Christian leaders failed the South African state?

I think we need to ask these hard questions since we just witnessed the historical election of Mmusi Maimane, a reverend and politician, as the first black leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA). A reality which holds historical significance. Maimane and his wife serve as campus pastors for the Liberty Church Branch at Cosmo City, North of Johannesburg.

So many past and present political leaders in South Africa were or are lay preachers or reverends; The Reverend Dr. John Langalibalele Dube, the founding President of the African National Congress (ANC), was a reverend and wrote extensively on the efforts of Christian missionaries in Africa. President Jacob Zuma himself was recently made an honorary reverend at a meeting of independent charismatic churches at Ntuzuma, North of Durban. Not forgetting Reverend Beyers Naude and also Reverend Kenneth Meshoe the leader of the ACDP.

Mmusi Maimane while preaching a sermon recently had a question and answer conversation with himself and his congregation; “Do I want Christians to be in charge of our nation? Yes, I do.” With a Masters in Theology graduate from the University of Wales, he stated that “Politics is about two things: it’s about government and it’s about influence” and, regarding the latter, “the only way they (Christians) will become in charge of the nation is if the nation votes for them.”

I believe that even though the history of South African politics is mixed with different reverends, Mmusi Maimane seems to be a cut above the rest in this current political dispensation. Firstly, his balanced views on politics and the church is noticeable. He understands the different roles and the difference of both camps. Over the years past leaders struggle to find the balance and end up abusing or misusing both domains.

Secondly, Maimane understands the power behind the word of God and how that could motivate and transform a modern nation, Thus, his campaign slogan was #Believe. Ever wondered why? He believes in God and believes also in a South Africa that is better than it is right now. Just like Jesus believing in people and issues the society has no solution or given up on.

Thirdly, his commitment to family is an indication of his integrity. We all know that a lot of political leaders either have mistresses, girlfriends or lots of wives. As long as you are a Christian, multiple sexual relationship says a lot about your true leadership ability and exposes your lack of integrity and trust, and I don’t care how talented, skilful or good a leader you are.

Finally, Maimane’s election as the new leader of the DA is a dawn of a new era, for the first time a lot of electorates would relate to him because is young, smart, has a clear vision, committed to poverty and corruption eradication, committed God, committed to every South African, committed to the Church and commitment to the constitution of this great nation.

#AskMmusi for a great South Africa!

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