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,
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,
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,
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?