I read that the Afrikaner Church, the NG Kerk, is now allowing open and practicing gays & lesbians to serve as reverends and church officials. As shocking as it is to many believers, in law they have no choice really. All discrimination in terms of race, colour, sexual orientation and religion are prohibited under the highest law in the land, the Constitution. It was always on the cards and the ban on female reverends (unbiblical anyway) will also go.
I have no doubt that many of their remaining members will now leave and that a few reverends will make speeches declaring that they cannot function in the church, whether they will leave their pension, salary, medical aid and company car with a house remains to be seen. Call me cynical but I doubt it and hence things will return to normal quite soon. The congregation will get used to it and they will carry on dishonouring God by following the laws of the land.
I must admit, I left the Afrikaner Church years ago. For some reason, whenever I walk into one, I feel only anger and not love. Why I did not know and for many years it bothered me. First I believed it was because I was forced to go as a child to church for 12 long years, yep, the entire family and then Sunday school also (a spectacular waste of time that was). In our final year at school, we were told if we don’t attend church twice, at night too, we will not become members and go to hell. So I went and listened with extreme boredom to what? I don’t know actually, the reverends were utterly uninteresting conservative people sprouting whatever the Apartheid Government told them to do. They did not preach the Gospel of Jesus.
Years later, I discovered the reason for my anger – Free Masonry. Yes, every Afrikaner church building (as well as our courts, parliament and most public buildings) you walk into you find the symbols of Free Masonry. Now I was never a member of them, as a young attorney (more ambitious than now) I was asked to do so but never got the time (praise the Lord). I then joined another international charity organisation. Are they bad? Well, go and google and decide for yourself, for me, I don’t want any links with them and I dislike secret organisations, powerful ones at that, at sight. I don’t like their signs, their business model or anything else to do with them, it is unbiblical.
But what about the law and religious commandments? Where do you stand? In law the answer is simple, God plays no role whatsoever. The law of the land says no discrimination based on race, colour, sexual orientation and religion and so it is, make peace. If you don’t want to be with a church following the rules of law, then leave, walk with your feet and keep your money (donations) for something you do believe in. After all, you will one day account to God what you did with your money and believe you me, giving it to a church to keep a building in good shape is not what God entrusted you with.
What is more comical and frankly amusing to me is when I see a gay & lesbian march and you have a fellow (they are always there) with a big white placard asking “if Jesus would discriminate against him, being a God or love and all that?” The answer is absolutely yes. You will never get into heaven, so it is written in the Bible in more than one place. As I say in one fiction book, you will go to hell and you know what, you will be send to hell in love. You are warned, you can go left, you can go right, you will never see the New Jerusalem. In Muslim countries you will be flogged to death too, so yes, you are being discriminated against from that viewpoint and you can do nothing about it. God is above the Constitution.
Now according to the laws of the land, the above is against the law and the citizens are supposed to be law abiding, that is follow the Constitution, not God. Obviously this is where it becomes difficult. Where do you stand, with God or with the Constitution when they clash? The answer to most believers are simple, always with God and that too is your right, guaranteed, as religious freedom but note this, you cannot discriminate at the work place against such people or of another race or gender (I did not even put gender equality in, everyone knows that). You cannot and yet it happens, we live in an imperfect world.
You would be foolish to believe that no discrimination takes place in South Africa, you can only read any of my books, articles or even blogs and you will see the word “BEE” which is utter discrimination and yet allowed for wonderful sounding liberal crap about redressing the inequalities of the past. And make peace, it will never disappear. As long as there is a sun to rise “Apartheid” and “BEE” will exist. One as an excuse for failure and the other an excuse for revenge. Affirmative Action, I can tell you, had never worked in a single country anywhere in the world and is a failure here as well, and it is the only country in the world where it is done against a minority group. If you cannot live with this, then leave the country and don’t come crawling back. It is not going to chance.
I wrote an entire chapter on the dangers of bringing Biblical principles into the modern world in a book called The Circle of Life. You will end up with a “Christian Sharia” country and that, I am sure, is not want you want. You have to accept there are many who don’t want to be believers in the Christian God and that is their loss, not your problem. You cannot force someone to love God. And you cannot mix law and the Bible, it is the one or the other and so it is. Leave the gays alone, leave the lesbians alone and pray for them and the rest is between them and God. It is not for you, in law and human decency to refuse to do business with them and God does not expect that from you anyway. We should be careful to differentiate between judging and condemning, not the same thing at all. One is to judge, yep, I don’t agree with those actions. The other is to give verdicts based on your own ideas, only God can do that, not you or I.
Revenge & retaliation, is unfortunately not for us and perhaps that is a good thing too. I have no doubts that everyone reading here will be able to make a list of people that did him in. Sadly, my list are almost exclusively “Christians” and what is known as “ooms” or older Afrikaner men. I also write in my books whenever an oom and his laaitie (father & son) approach you for business, unless known as a wealthy family, run away. Shoot them whilst you run as they will lie, cheat and steal from you and so without shame (just a joke, don’t, leave them to God and turn your back on them – see, judge, not condemn).
There is another strange principle in life, people you turn your back on for their own good usually comes crawling back. And that is where you learn the art of forgiveness because once asked and it is genuine, you have no choice in the eyes of our Lord to forgive. And that is damn hard or easy, depending how angry you were. So leave the church in peace, let them bluff themselves, it is not for us to condemn, they are already condemned.
Koos Kotze is a former member of the South African Police Force. He served between 1985 and 1991 primarily as a sergeant in the Pretoria Flying Squad. During his police years, he was awarded the South African Police Medal for Combating Terrorism twice besides lesser awards. After leaving the Police Force he obtained the law degrees B Iuris & LLB at the University of the Free State (Bloemfontein, South Africa) and was a commercial law attorney for eight years. These days he is the owner of JKLS Africa and Associates, a specialist legal consultancy which specializes in reducing legal risk in sub Saharan Africa. He wrote several books on business, law, counter-terrorism and security issues. At times he is asked to participate on the Voice of America regarding legal forensic matters.