"The greatest sin of our time is not the few who have destroyed but the vast majority who sat idly by."
Dr Martin Luther King Jr.
How many times have you heard that you should,
"Do unto others as you'd have them do unto you"?
What a paradox because, It is some who preach this message who have gone out to nations raising funds for victims of apartheid, the poor and needy, using our painful past to enrich themselves. We've never complained although those who gave to us through these individuals came back wondering why we didn't thank them. No nation can grow taking advantage of orphans, widows and victims of unspeakable atrocities.
We learn through William Dickson's words that therein lies;
"The Absolute Equality of all before the law, the only true basis of reconstruction."
We continue to thrive through good and bad times, encouraged by Maya Angelou's wisdom;
"History, despite its wrenching pain
Cannot be unlived, but if faced
With courage, need not be lived again."
We continue to rise, uplifted by God, Almighty's love;
"I will give you rest in green pastures and lead you to still waters." Psalms
We remember to say Thank You when betrayed by those who proclaim
"I will give you beauty to replace your ashes!" Yet turn around and put salt on our wounds, taking advantage of our pain while we down gasping for breadth and survival.
Does it not mean anything that I narrowly escaped death while empowering the youth of this country in churches who's mission is to indoctrinate our future leaders, dragging them to a waistland of chaos, doom and unspeakable evil? Never in my wildest dreams did I dream that I'd be displaced in the land of my ancestors.
If the Spirit of Him who raised up Jesus from the dead is dwelling in me, He who raised up Christ from the dead will give Life also to my mortal body because of His Spirit who dwells in me. Ephesians
How many times have you seen reports of children who have murdered their own family members, who have murdered each other because they have been taught to do so in these churches? Where are our leaders?
"The sin of silence when they should be protesting makes cowards of men!" Abraham Lincoln
I appeal to men of goodwill to rise up and save the poor of the poorest from these tragedies that fall through the radar unknown and unreported at times!
I believe my own life was spared so that I could give a voice to this evil, happening in broad day sun. One tells religious, political and human rights leaders who turn a blind eye because they don't care.
Khulu Mandela declares boldly because he loves - he cares.
"I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die."
Are our lives not worth saving?
Ghandi lights up our path through his words imbued in wisdom;
"I cannot teach you violence, as I do not myself believe in it. I can only teach you not to bow your heads before any one even at the cost of your life"
Because "God is the divine reminder of our inherent worthiness." Dr Brene
Grandfather Walter delivers the point with crystal clarity.
"All honest men have an obligation to smash oppression and tyranny wherever it exist and by whatever means!"
Rivonia Treason Trial 1964
We are strengthened by the courageous actions of men of honor throughout history who refuse to turn a blind eye on injustice.
One example that grabbed my attention is about the Judge who stood up to the Nazis. The writer paints a perfect picture with the stroke of his pen as he illustrates the message,
"I see another hero judge on the other side of the Atlantic, in Nazi Germany. Almost alone among the judges of the Third Reich, he stubbornly clings to the notion that justice matters more than career advancement. His name is Dr. Lothar Kreyssig, a judge at the Court of Guardianship in the town of Brandenburg, on the Havel River.
Since his appointment in 1928, Kreyssig's superiors considered him to be a good judge--until he began a series of minor insubordinations such as slipping out of a ceremony in his court when a bust of Hitler was unveiled, publicly protesting the suspension of three judges who failed to follow the interpretation of "Aryan laws" favored by Nazi authorities, and referring to Nazi church policies as "injustice masquerading in the form of law."
While you mocked and laughed, God spoke to me;
"Forget the former things;
Do not dwell on the past.
See I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.
The wild animals honour me,
The jackals and owls,
Because I provide water in the desert and streams in the wasteland,
To give drink to my people, my chosen,
The people I formed for myself
That they may proclaim my praise.
While you laughed and mocked God sent his angels to minister to me, singing; "don't worry about a thang, every little thing will be alright!" Bob Marley
The words of one of my angels literally raised me up from despair as if I was Lauzurus risen from death by Jesus. He spoke facing the ocean in Ghana;
"Michelle, the children, as well as other members of my family, just got an extraordinary tour of this castle. It is reminiscent of the trip I took to Buchenwald because it reminds us of the capacity of human beings to commit great evil. One of the most striking things that I heard was that right above the dungeons in which male captives were kept was a church, and that reminds us that sometimes we can tolerate and stand by great evil even as we think that we’re doing good.
You know, I think it was particularly important for Malia and Sasha, who are growing up in such a blessed way, to be reminded that history can take very cruel turns, and hopefully one of the things that was imparted to them during this trip is their sense of obligation to fight oppression and cruelty wherever it appears, and that any group of people who are degrading another group have to be fought against with whatever tools we have available to us!" President Obama
Its too bad for some of you who had hoped and wished that I will remain in the dungeons, not seen, not heard perhaps like a prisoner behind bars.
Well grandfather Mandela says;
"Man's goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished."
The fruits of my labor will continue to bear witness, proclaiming that here was a young woman who's existence lied in pursuing the Kingdom of God with all her heart, soul and spirit. Through thoughts, words and deeds. Mistakes propelled her to rise, and God continued to uplift her causing her to shine like a signet on a hilltop. God's Glory continued to rise upon her like the Bright Morning star. Her special energy will heal nations! Glory be to God!
I am blessed at all times. I embrace life in all its fullness. In good and challenging times I remain grateful because God engraved my name in the palm of his hands thus, nothing and noone can remove it!
"You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise."
I'm entrusted with an empire which must create jobs, empower, strengthen the economy thus, bless future generations with wealth, the sweetness of life and well being.
Sometimes things can go terribly wrong but when we pray we are sure of God's power to move and turntables as he did when baby Jesus was born, shielding him from all harm and hidden danger.
God's messengers searched for him and found him. They came bearing gifts.
We learn that the star that went before them signifies knowledge from heaven.
They brought gold which signifies celestial good.
They brought frankincense which signifies spiritual good.
And myrrh which signifies natural good; from which three is all worship.
(Doctrine of Sacred Scriptures)
We've seen and experienced the love of our very own wise men in our lifetime, they happen to have been members of the African National Congress.
(Giggles! Goodness inspired by social justice for all feels thaaaaat good!!!)
These wise men have never ever departed from the key objectives of the ANC. As we turn the pages in the history books we are lectured once again that;
"The ANC was formed in 1912 to unite the African people and spearhead the struggle for fundamental political, social and economic change.
The ANC's key objective is the creation of a united, non-racial, non-sexist and democratic society.
This means the liberation of Africans in particular and black people in general from political and economic bondage. It means uplifting the quality of life of all South Africans, especially the poor."
So I encourage anyone who is feeling helpless to be STILL because help is on its way. The light shines at the end of the tunnel. God and the ancestors are turning the wheel of change and justice in the cosmos!