What have we been saved from?

by admin on October 2, 2011

This article struck me deeply. Maybe it’s the language the journalist puts to the world I now live in, I don’t know, but I have been struck by how jealously I am loved and therefore how jealously I now love this nation.

Some quotes from the article:

South Africa, a nation of 50 million, is the richest country on the continent but has one of the world’s lowest levels of employment. Most of the jobless have never worked, and a third of the employed earn less than $150 a month. Whites, who make up 9 percent of the population, have an average income seven times that of blacks.

I spoke in an earlier newsletter about the xenophobia that hit in 2008. This is what I was weeping about when I sat with those men from Zimbabwe. They are hated, despised and always living in fear.

South Africa is the main terminus of the Zimbabwean diaspora, and some of its own poor despise these newcomers for accepting wages so meager that they bring down the pay scale for everyone. In May 2008, paroxysms of anti-immigrant violence erupted in one South African city after another. Farai and one of his brothers retreated to Mukukuzi until the bloodletting passed. At least 60 people, many of them Zimbabweans, were murdered by mobs. Some 35,000 foreigners were hounded from their homes.

I’ve talked about Maxwell and the “witchcraft” used here, this story discusses it as well:

For weeks, he had been afflicted with nightmares in which he and his brother Washington were fighting enemies they could not recognize. According to their traditional beliefs, these dreams meant that someone might be practicing sorcery to bring them misfortune. “Witchcraft” was the English word the brothers used in explaining this. They did not mean to suggest anything of the occult, but rather the everyday possibility that one person could employ medicines and charms against another.

Please pray for this nation. It is a nation filled with hopelessness where there once was hope. There has been a great revival that swept this nation in the days of Andrew Murray. There have been prophecies that, if you ask anybody here what the Lord has spoken they will all tell you that a great revival is on it’s way and it will start in the Cape Town area then sweep across the continent. Cry out with us for God’s mercy on this nation.

Lastly, I want to say this: Look at what you have been saved from. The human heart is deceitful and desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9). If left to our own devices, we may just do the same. We saw the horror of this reality when Katrina struck and left tens of thousands stranded in the superdome and murders and rapes were a regular occurrence.

There is hope for a nation, (for all nations!), though terrible times of the Lord’s wrath may be justly poured out, He is the righteous judge and He seeks a pure and spotless bride for our victorious warrior King. Listen to the prophecy He sent Isaiah to proclaim and see the hope:

And he said, “Go, and say to this people: “‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand;
keep on seeing, but do not perceive’
Make the heart of this people dull,
and their ears heavy,
and blind their eyes;
lest they see with their eyes,
and hear with their ears,
and understand with their hearts,
and turn and be healed”

Lord, have mercy. Let the nations see with their eyes, Let them hear with their ears, Let them understand with their hearts. Lord, Let the nations turn to you and be healed!

One comment

Love u, the Reads, my family!

I was touched by this letter. Firstly, i’d like to say that i love educated approach to understanding the current situation, which leads to strategic intercession. I couldnt resist to pray for the continent you luve in and my own family. I realize that living again in familiar circumstances i got dull to things that Lord is doing. Thank you for shaking me and giving desire to pray for hope for my family that is growing in Muslim faith and for the African nations. We do all need hope and i am glad to knwo that ur mission is to do so on a foreign soil but with hearts burning for them.

Love u and glad to see ur picture. Please hug and kiss kids from me ;)

by Aliya on October 4, 2011 at 2:42 pm. #

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