Elections 8 May 2019
On 8 May, South Africans who have registered to vote will have the responsibility of electing a party to represent their interests in Parliament and in their Provincial legislature. How you exercise this right and responsibility of voting will have far-reaching consequences for almost every area of your life. Registered voters can visit the Electoral Commission website (www.elections.org.za) to check their current registration details and voting station location. You can also SMS your ID number to 32810 to receive an SMS containing the address of your voting station (charged at R1).
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A Message for South Africa as it Approaches Elections
“Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue has muttered perversity. No one calls for justice, nor does any plead for truth. They trust in empty words and speak lies; they conceive evil and bring forth iniquity. They hatch vipers’ eggs and weave the spider’s web; he who eats of their eggs dies and from that which is crushed a viper breaks out. Their webs will not become garments, nor will they cover themselves with their works; their works are works of iniquity and the act of violence is in their hands. Their feet run to evil and they make haste to shed innocent blood; their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths. The way of peace they have not known and there is no justice in their ways; they have made themselves crooked paths; whoever takes that way shall not know peace. Therefore justice is far from us, nor does righteousness overtake us; we look for light, but there is darkness! For brightness, but we walk in blackness! We grope for the wall like the blind and we grope as if we had no eyes; we stumble at noonday as at twilight; we are as dead men in desolate places. We all growl like bears and moan sadly like doves; we look for justice, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far from us. For our transgressions are multiplied before You and our sins testify against us; for our transgressions are with us and as for our iniquities, we know them: In transgressing and lying against the Lord and departing from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood. Justice is turned back and righteousness stands afar off; for truth is fallen in the street and equity cannot enter.
“Select capable men from all the people - men who fear God; trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain - and appoint them as officials...” Exodus 18:21
Your Biblical Duty to Vote
As responsible citizens, Christians must strive to honour God in all areas of life (Matthew 5:14-20). We are to oppose evil (Isaiah 59) and work for righteousness. Christians therefore have a Biblical duty to vote.
“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people” Proverbs 14:34
Amidst all the electioneering, unrealistic promises, media performances, slogan shouting and empty rhetoric, it is very difficult to maintain an objective perspective on reality. Many even find it difficult to discern between what is right and what is wrong during election campaigns.
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“One ordinance shall be for you of the assembly and for the stranger who dwells with you, an ordinance forever throughout your generations; as you are, so shall the stranger be before the Lord. One law and one custom shall be for you and for the stranger who dwells with you.” Numbers 15:15-16
Affirmative Action is Racism Racial quotas in sports, education, or employment, violate the Laws of God and are counterproductive.
Equity in Law
“You shall do no injustice in judgment. You shall not be partial to the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty. In righteousness you shall judge your neighbour.” Leviticus 19:15
Disillusioned and Disinterested
According to the IEC 2014 National Election Report, only a staggering 39% of youth between the ages of 20 and 29 years old (out of about just over 10 million people of this age group) actually voted in the 2014 national elections! The IEC Voter Population Survey conducted nationally in 2013 found that 71% of South Africans that were not intending to vote said their main reason for not intending to vote in the 2014 election was “disinterest and disillusionment”. The next main reason given by 49% was “not interested/don’t care about politics”, followed by 8% who said “my vote would not make a difference”. Actually, as most people eligible to vote either do not register to vote, or do not turn up to vote, if they registered and voted they could make a big difference!
You Can Make a Difference
These statistics may seem discouraging, yet there are many ways you can change these results for the 2019 elections. In 2019, South Africans who have registered to vote will have the responsibility of electing a party to represent their interests in Parliament and in their Provincial legislature. How you exercise this right and responsibility of voting will have far reaching consequences for almost every area of your life. What can be done to inspire Christian youth to register to vote, then actually vote on Election Day and to be salt and light in the political arena?
Haiti was officially dedicated to Satan in 1791. It was rededicated to Satan during the two hundred year anniversary in 1991 by Aristide.
At that time, it was noted that Aristide had, behind his desk in his presidential office, a huge oil painting of a necklace murder. Aristide was quoted as having described the smell of burning petrol and human flesh in a necklace murder as "a most beautiful aroma".
Not surprisingly, this country beset by occultism is the poorest state in the Western hemisphere. The vast majority of the population of Haiti are actively involved in Voodoo. Haiti has the worst soil-erosion, pollution, and de-forestation problems in the Americas.
Although they share the same island, the contrast between the predominantly Christian Dominican Republic with its lush rainforests and fertile farms, and the deforested, eroded mess that is Haiti could not be more acute.
Why then is the ANC government wanting to align itself with an occultic tyrant and a regime dedicated to Satan?
Civil government was established by God; Matthew 22:21, Romans
13:1, 1 Timothy 2:1-4 and 1 Peter 2:13-17 all teach that. Because He established it, it is a legitimate area of activity for Christians. To speak out against political involvement, is to call God's wisdom into question and to allow the wicked to rule. It would also be strange to argue that God would have ordained and established self-government, family-government, church-government and civil-government, and we as Christians need to be involved with self, family and church, but yet leave civil government to the non-Christians to rule in place of the Christians - this just does not make sense.
Righteous transformation took place under Godly leaders: Deborah (Judges 4 & 5), Gideon (Judges 6-8), Hezekiah (II Kings 18-29) and Josiah (II Kings 18-20).
Many Christians believe that Satan is the ruler of this world. This issue is a fundamental presupposition or an assumption that will change the way we see many other issues as far as Scripture is concerned. One of the main ideas that we need to remember when looking at Scripture where Satan claims to be the god of the world, is that first of all we know that Satan is a liar (Genesis 3:4-5). Jesus also calls him a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44). We know that since the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, Satan's authority is severely limited. John 12:31 says, “Thy judgement is upon this world, now the ruler of this world shall be cast out.” So Satan's status in this world has changed significantly.
Traditional Healers to Become "Health Professionals"?
Doctors For Life, representing over one thousand health practitioners in South Africa, stands for the practice of medicine that is based on evidence and the highest ethics. DFL is convinced that any form of medicine that is not based on empiric truth is potentially (and ultimately) harmful to patients in need.
DFL's presentation before the parliamentary committee on Traditional Health Practitioners objected to the government's plan to register “Traditional Healers” as medical practitioners on the following grounds:
1. Traditional medical practices have, over time, not improved the survival of children, or mothers in birth, or patients;
2. Most of the medicines used by traditional practitioners have not been validated scientifically;
3. Many people suffer because of the serious complications (side-effects) that arise due to the use of traditional medicines;
4. As stated by the World Health Organization (WHO), most traditional health practitioners make use of "intangible forces" ("spirits") in their practice of healing.
".Come over to Macedonia and help us."
As the Frontline missionaries were about to begin our 17-hour drive to Malawi, the news came through of a political crisis in the country. President Bingu Wa Mutharika of Malawi had resigned from the Muslim dominated UDF party. President Bingu is known to be a dedicated Christian, and last year had requested and received 300 copies of Biblical Principles for Africa for distribution to members of the Malawi government.
For the previous ten years, Malawi had been under a Muslim President. However, because of the two-term limitation, President Muluzi had to step down at the beginning of last year, yet he remained Chairman of the party. President Bingu soon realised that he was been manipulated and controlled by Middle-Eastern elements controlling their party. After an attempt by two Muslim members of Parliament to assassinate President Bingu was thwarted, he determined to break from the UDF.
WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE?
The task is great and the workers are few ‑ nobody can do everything, but we can all do something and what we can do we must do and what we must do we will do by the grace of God who gave us our life, talents, gifts and opportunities. Here are some suggestions:
STUDY THE BIBLE both personally and in a group of like‑minded believers. The objective truth of God's Word must be the inspiration and solid foundation for all our actions. Until we know God's Word we can be easily mislead and deceived. Read through and study every Book of the Bible.
PRAY for our country, for parents, pastors, teachers and government officials. Constantly remind your church and prayer group of the urgent needs and Biblical issues for prayer and action. Pray through the Psalms. Join the prayer meeting of your local church, school, or workplace.
BE WILLING to be active, make yourself available to Christian Action groups. We need people willing to help with artwork, translations, typing, mailings, literature distribution, hospitality for foreign guests or missionaries, letter writing campaigns, petitions, marches, counselling and other projects.
ARRANGE MEETINGS for us at your local school, church women's group and/or youth group and invite one of our speakers to spread the Word and promote the vision.