By all accounts 2010 was a fairly successful year for SA. We hosted a successful World Cup and the anticipated spike in criminal activity, prostitution and human trafficking did not materialise. The economy is reasonably stable in comparison to other more established democracies. In spite of disturbing trends in corruption, crime and violence, there appears to be steady progress here.
Building on past successes
You and I are strategically positioned in 2011 to build on past successes, learn from our failures, renew our efforts to complete unfinished business and set new goals. All things considered, there is much more to be grateful for than to complain about.
The Church hosted a number of significant events including the third World Lausanne Congress during which more than 4 000 Christian leaders from 170 nations met for a week, to discuss global evangelism.
We have the advantage of a more conservative Zuma administration that is willing to listen to the Church. One of my goals this year is to work closely and strategically with Christian leaders in the nation to bridge the divide between government and the Church. The Church must improve its interactions and influence with all levels of government if we hope to impact the nation with Biblical values.
Working with government
Family Policy Institute (FPI) did much work last year to identify the need for legislation to block internet pornography to protect children from exposure. I am grateful to God for the support of Malusi Gigaba, the former Deputy Minister of Home Affairs. As a result of his commitment to protect children, Gigaba agreed to host a Symposium on the Harm of Pornography - in partnership with FPI and the Film and Publication Board. The Symposium was a success and underscored the need for internet service providers to filter adult content at tier one level.
Despite Gigaba being replaced, FPI, supported by the Church, will continue to aggressively lobby for legislation to block internet porn. Women/children deserve nothing less.
A major challenge
The major challenge facing the Church in 2011 is prostitution law reform. The South African Law Reform Commission (SALRC) is expected to submit recommendations on prostitution law reform to the Minister of Justice this year. The SALRC invited the public to comment on prostitution law reform last year to ascertain their views. I thank God that we mobilised thousands of Christians across the country to make submissions - the vast majority of whom oppose decriminalised or legalised prostitution. However, we cannot rest on our laurels.
The Church must stand united
A major battle awaits the Church in 2011. There are powerful forces with millions of rands at their disposal, working to advance their anti-family agenda in South Africa. The Church must stand united against this godless onslaught. We must pray fervently, act strategically and use Godly wisdom to defeat the enemy. Decriminalised prostitution is a weapon of mass destruction against the sacred institutions of marriage and the family.
What part will you play?
Thousands of vulnerable women and children will be mercilessly exploited by crime syndicates if prostitution is decriminalised in South Africa. Sex trafficking is a growing menace in the nation. Foreign funded anti-family groups like the Sex Workers Education & Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT), supported by the liberal media, promote a romantic view of prostitution to advance their radical agenda.
1 Timothy 3:15 declares, “The Church of the living God is the pillar and ground of truth”. It is therefore the only force capable of exposing evil and promoting truth, righteousness and justice in the nation. Consequently, the potential for South Africa’s success in 2011 depends on the Church’s ability to accurately discern the times and act prayerfully and decisively to establish God’s will for the nation. What part will you play?