A curious case South Africa finds itself in
By Johannes Adriaan Snyman
Previously the enemy was without. The film,“Boetie gaan border toe” fixates our attention to an enemy on the other side of an established border. The “communist threat,” at least in our minds at the time, existed in parts quite removed from our homes, our existence and our livelihood. The enemy was a force who could be seen, identified and dealt with. There was a measure of achievement, and strategies could be assembled based on the available information.
Not so today for the enemy is very much in our midst. The enemy is walking in our streets, in our shops and in our parks. The enemy has entered into our homes, our bedrooms, gruesomely killing our men and children. Our adversaries currently wait at traffic lights, killing our wives who just happen to be on their way to work, school or a shopping mall. It is an enemy we find it difficult and near impossible to see, or recognize. It is an enemy far more dangerous than any soldier fighting for honor and glory, for this enemy values his own life far less than we value our own. This kind of enemy has no morals, no reasoning and no sense of ethical behavior. Though created in the imaged of God, he gave himself to a despicable and an atrocious behavioral pattern, worse than that of any animal on earth. It is extremely demoralizing in every sense. All of this despite South Africa being at the forefront in the battle for human rights, which to the people already killed, doesn’t mean anything. Even in this, the words of Jeremiah the prophet finds fulfillment where it states that they have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, Saying, ‘Peace, peace; when there is no peace.
Now what makes this case so curious is the fact that our adversary has for a long time now realized that farmers are easy targets, hence the vast majority of farm killings. Any person, Afrikaans or English, who have not looked the other way, and have familiarized himself with the gross and cruel acts against humanity taking place on South African soil today, would readily proclaim the grievous state the Afrikaner nation finds itself in. We are, particularly our farming community, in a situation where we, as a collective group of people, are forced to resort to a defense mechanism, very much based on the castles and forts in the medieval times. High walls, fortified dwellings, communities living together under the protection of a single and impenetrable system may seem like a probable solution for the moment. Surely such ideas will not stand against any military force, but the sole purpose would be the effective and most practical means of the protection of a united group of people.
Grand ideas you may say, but where will the money come from? Restructuring civilization does not come without a price. Well, neither does the way the momentum of violence are kept in the current state of affairs. Our turning a blind-eye and lack of action is costing us lives, the lives of innocent woman and children, in the most atrocious ways imaginable. Apart from the dreadful thought of the immediate sufferings, the crimes do have a price on monetary value as well. Every act of violence against the family of an individual, steals from that individual time, resources and the ability to focus on building his or her enterprise up, for the benefit of the community and in effect, the country as a whole.
I myself, on the other hand, have seen the amount of capital available for the purchase of wildlife, coupled with the turnover of the rapid growing game breeding industry. Much of South Africa’s private wealth has, and keeps flowing into a lucrative wildlife industry, bigger than for instance the milk and sugar industries respectively. From a coherent economical perspective, this might not sound like rational reasoning, but if the Afrikaner nation really wants an excuse not to act proactively regarding the safety of our people, the lack of funds would not be it.
Shouting at the top of your voice, either through the local or international media, or by means of international bodies will not be helping much either. There are worse circumstances of violence currently in Israel and the response of the United Nations is that of condemning Israel, having resolved no less than forty-five resolutions against them, almost more than on the rest of the world combined. To the rest of the world we, the apparent authors of Apartheid, are the adversary. The picture the world vividly remembers is that we were the enemy of equal right and humanity, but at long last, after many sanctions and with a noble prize in hand, the world of democracy has won.
Do you, seemingly righteous Afrikaner, for one moment think that the noise you make, the seemingly legal arguments you have, the excellent reasoning and the brave opinions you utter will protect you from the weapons of the enemy? Will you with your clever way of thinking about who is wrong and who is right, prevent the bullets flying through your home and car?
Then of course there are those that would call a person like me a rigorous and absolute pessimist, viewing our lives in this outwardly wonderful democracy, completely out of perspective. My reply to that would be that they probably haven’t been moved by the trauma of one of these incidents, either personally or in close family, and that choosing to not believe in the devil, will not by any means protect one from him.
What shall we say to these things then? If God be for us, who can be against us? He who spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him, also freely give us all things?
Yet I see many against us. You only have to look at the statistics to come to such awareness. Either the Word of God is in err then, or it is that we are doing something severely wrong. I personally tend to think on the latter, or else we might as well throw away everything we believe in. And that I cannot.
We are where we are, and experience what we experience, as a result of our own unrighteousness as well as that of our forefathers. We’ve accepted the grace of God, but through that, traded a relationship with a loving Father, for the love of wealth, comfort and luxury. Our dependence on our Maker has been replaced with our trust in riches. Our God has blessed us with more gold and diamonds than very few other nations on earth has ever seen, and instead of giving Him the glory, we proudly proclaim that in the light of other ethnic groups in South Africa, it was our intelligence which lead up to the building of this place and we ourselves were so grand as to have begotten this wealth in our own strength, contrary to what the book of Deuteronomy commands us in the latter part of chapter eight.
You may ask the Lord your God, what it really means to depend on Him, like our forefathers did while being exiled to concentration camps during the Second Anglo Boer War. You may ask the Lord your God what it means to really forgive someone, like our forefathers had to do when also their wives and children were murdered by an enemy from the North. You can ask the Lord your God what it means to give Him all the glory, like our forefathers did after a victory of a battle determining the existence of a nation.
I would not presume to know everything, but this one thing I know; our governance has been taken away from us, but we still have our wealth. Our religion has been removed from our schools, but we still have our homes and businesses. Our people are being murdered on their farms, but we still have land on which we can produce food for more than a nation.
A couple of thousand years ago, the nation of Israel was in a similar position. They were subject to Babylonian rule for a time appointed by God. But they still had their homes, their temple, their businesses and their agricultural activities. Only it was subject to Babylonian rule, but they still had it. They were also warned, and they did not listen. As a consequence, they lost everything. In a very horrific way.
I am convinced that, if we as an Afrikaner nation, collectively fall on our knees, remove the wickedness and idols from our hearts, and ask God to avenge us of our adversaries, He will, according to the Gospel of Luke, in the first part of chapter eighteen, answer our prayers. We might not as an immediate effect, get our governance back, but there will be a favor and grace upon this collective group of people and in a broader sense, on his nation, as has never been seen before.
If we, however, as an Afrikaner nation, continue in the fashion we do, having no hearts of repentance, not even caring for our own poor, trusting in our riches and refusing to open our eyes to the Word of God given us, then there will most certainly come a time where destruction will fall upon us, worse than we can ever imagine. It will start with the farms and we will lose everything, our homes, our schools, our shops, even the very products on the shelves of the shops will disappear. It will be unnecessary for me to elaborate on this, as we can all read it in the Word of God, readily available in our homes, but this I’m sure; the picture is slightly more unpleasant than you can fathom at this point in time.
Afrikaner nation, you are so beautiful, so rich in culture and in history, so loving and having been made so strong through centuries of character building. Take the covers of your eyes. Get to know a God, who is righteous but who doesn’t want to destroy a nation, and in His amazing grace, have given us a period to turn back to Him, to repent, to turn from our wicked ways and to serve and honor Him. He loves us, each individually and as a nation, with overflowing abundance and wants to do great things. But He wants it from a God-fearing nation, and not a nation who follows the ways of the world.