JZ, sin and me

Jacob Zuma

Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma (known affectionately as JZ) was inaugurated as the President of South Africa on the 9th of May 2009 (is this correct?). Click image to enlarge.

William Dicks, a blogger I track, wrote an emotionally charged post relating to JZ’s philandering here. I don’t agree with all he says (maybe it’s the way he goes about saying it) but between him and a good friend, Naton Kamanga, I have certainly been given reason to pause.

What is an appropriate Christian response to rampant sin? How should we interact with government and other political structures? Is there anything that limits our righteous anger? What are appropriate forms for expressing discontent?

I don’t have all the answers. This I’m sure of:

1. Polygamy is not acceptable within God’s will for healthy marriages. Consider Christ’s words,

5 …’FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH’? 6 “So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.”

Want to hear the verse in context? Mark 10
What is this about?

It’s not complicated. One man, one woman, for life.

2. Sex outside of marriage is not acceptable within God’s will for healthy relationships. Consider Paul’s exhortation,

2 But because of immoralities, each man is to have his own wife, and each woman is to have her own husband.

Want to hear the verse in context? 1 Corinthians 7
What is this about?

Jacob Zuma

Could you imagine Die Groot Krokodil or F. W. trying to pull this off? Click image to enlarge.

Immorality is immorality. Sin is sin. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the president or a street sweep.

And yes I know he apologized to his family, the ANC and the nation but we’ve heard those apologies twice before in as many years. JZ’s actions speak louder than his words right now. Truth is his appology can’t be accepted at face value because he seems to be a habitual sexual deviant. What we should rather hold out for a life lived which conforms to the repentance that he has made. In truth he hasn’t repented has he? He’s only appologised for the hurt he’s caused. I do think that JZ’s actions are a litmus for the moral state of our nation: which is destitue.

But that’s not what disappoints me the most. I’m mostly disappointed at myself. I’ve been derelict in my duty to pray for the elected leader of the nation. Consider Paul’s words to Timothy,

1 First of all, then, I urge that entreaties {and} prayers, petitions {and} thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.

Want to hear the verse in context? 1 Timothy 2
What is this about?

I very seldom pray for the government, the president or authorities outside of those I’m directly beholden to. I’m wrong. I should care more about politics, about things which happen in the country, about the president because God cares about these things and wishes me to act and think in accordance with His will.

Do you pray for or against the government? Do you see the government as having been established by God?


5 thoughts on “JZ, sin and me

  1. I Believe God’s precepts and teaching are very clear. Firstly it was given for our good so that we are able to live in relationship with God under his guidance. Outside of that man has made his own laws and so transgressions are made out of our own sinful nature. God instituted government and orderly governance which gives power to those that govern. It needs to be just and so many in our country have fought for justice. But then man and in this case our own president takes it on himself to transgress, a man that full know what many have fought for. Yes I pray for our government and those in leadership but I also pray that God would waken their ears so they can be taught.

  2. Praying for the government and our leaders is important, as the “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:16.

    But we also need to take action. About 2 years ago I had the privilege to attend the COSATU Congress. I felt the Lord telling me to take a book titled “Men of Honour” with me. During the conference I had a unique privilege and honour to hand the book to Jacob Zuma and to tell him that as a Church we are praying for him.

    What he has done with the book I don’t know, but at least I know that by being obedient to the Lord JZ has the opportunity to change his life and this country.

    So keep praying for JZ and the rest of our leaders

  3. It’s difficult to see the government as established by God (this government, with all its specific leaders) to be honest. I know that government is established by God, but is THIS government established by God? Hard for me to swallow that :)

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