Oprah and Obama: Ecumenicising an Africa in need of Christ

Grant Swart

The letter which I have attached hereto, was brought to my attention a few days ago, sent to me by a family member and friend who has a sharp eye for matters pertaining to controversial political issues. Although the letter is of secular nature, I thought it might be relevant to the times we are living in here in Africa, where, as in the rest of the world, the momentum of the ecumenical movement has become unstoppable.

The recent embarrassing repeat visit to our shores by Oprah Winfrey, accompanied this time by an even more embarrassing, (to the Christian, that is), Michelle Obama as a “socially concerned” spiritual ally, provided the incentive for me to feel this letter justifiably be re-posted on our blog. Had Michelle Obama not insisted on using the church as a platform to preach her deceptive message, I might have felt otherwise and simply have left the politicking to the politicians.

I do realise that the content of the attached letter is in contrast to the usual material we post here, but the blatantly obvious ecumenical message which Michelle and Oprah carried with them on that visit, somehow seems to tie in with this openhearted local opinion Continue reading

The City of God and the City of Man: Christians and politics

Grant Swart

A quote by Michael Gerson, advisor to the former president of the USA, George W Bush, recently caught my attention: “In the end, what Christians should remember is that they live in the city of man but they’re also citizens of the city of God. One’s Christian faith should inform the values and priorities that we bring to everything we do in the city of man.”

His fellow advisor at the time of Bush’s campaigns, Peter Wehner, said on the same subject, “When Christians get involved in politics, sometimes the cause can take precedent over your Saviour.” He further stated, “We’re called to be faithful, not to be victorious. We have to remember that.”

I found those words to be worthy of our consideration and of relative value for us with politics in mind, and the role of the Christian in determining who would best govern our communities.

I have added the following article by Wayne Grudem, with thanks, which I found to be simple and instructive, regarding the involvement of the Christian in political matters.   Continue reading