A lot of unpleasant and heartbreaking events have been happening in South Africa of late; rape, abuse of women and children, crime, shooting of innocent people (to mention a few), it’s been difficult just to watch news or read a newspaper.
I was shocked to read that a woman is raped every four minutes in this country. Various reports last year stated that Interpol named South Africa as the world’s rape capital, and said women were more likely to be raped than educated.
This is serious. Government is (clearly) not the answer. There is so much hopelessness, helplessness and emptiness in our country, like it or not, we need God.
We sit in our offices and debate these issues, some pretend they are not affected by these things, but very few are praying about these tragic events. Is it because we think prayer isn’t cool enough anymore? Or perhaps we think God can’t handle it? Or worse, we think He doesn’t care?
Whatever our reason, we need to go back to the basics, we have become too independent, too modern, too cool… simply put: we need the nation to rise up and pray. We need game changers in this country, people who will not sit by the side lines but get involved and be part of the solution. Imagine how far we have come as a nation, we have such a rich history, a heartwarming story about overcoming injustice, a story of freedom…a real story about real people, real heroes who dared to change the world (our world). Like they did, we are the generation to change things.
Instead of being negative about the state of our country, we ought to contribute to making South Africa better for the next generation.
We will not accept what the world has deemed “normal”, we will rise above in one voice and pray: no more divorces, no more broken homes, no more rape, no abortion, no more crime, no abuse… We refuse to accept these things as part of our lives, we refuse to continue to live in a society that doesn’t care. We are the change we have been waiting for. Let’s bring back the culture of greeting one another, helping each other, taking care and praying for each other.
We need South Africa to pray. Anyone and everyone can pray, just a united cry to God to heal, bless and help us, and true to His Word, He will.
Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrika
Maluphakanyisw’ uphondo lwayo,
Yizwa imithandazo yethu,
Nkosi sikelela, thina lusapho lwayo.