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Where is the Love…
...an opportunity to choose
In the past month the political and racial tensions in South Africa have escalated to the extend that some analysts started predicting that South Africa, the homeland which I so dearly love, would soon be in a civil war or even worse: genocide. This was mainly as a result of the brutal murder of the leader of the extremist right-wing party, the AWB, following shortly on the heels of hate speech from the reigning party, the ANC. Shortly after the death of Eugene Terre Blanche, I logged on to the teenage social networks and noticed that the youth were choosing sides to an extremist extend. Racially charged comments were splashed as status updates from a generation who were unaware of the past and even the present „situation‟ in South Africa. I then realized that all they are inherently longing for, is to stand for and to support something greater than their selfish desires. THEY WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Unfortunately the guardians of these teenagers are adding more fuel to the racial fire. But what if the options aren‟t black or white, right or left. What if there is another way. There is... A wonderful opportunity has come my way this month to go out and inspire the youth of my beloved country in a different and Holy way. 13thFLOOR has given me the means to go to schools , churches and communities, offering them a third, and lifechanging choice… LOVE I personally have chosen Love. Not solely the action or the abstract noun, “love”, but I have chosen the personification of a Love whom is greater than race, class, gender or culture and now I want to take it to South Africa. the third option. I‟m reminded of a scripture in the Bible which echoes:
Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the assembly of the saints. Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: The medium with which we let the children of Zion be will inspire love is: music, joyful in their King. the language of today‟s teenagers. I know that wor- What I do know is this: You shipping God changes lives. can either choose to reject It changes lives to the ex- Love and become part of tent where money and the polarizing problem, or status are made secondary you can embrace Love. to relationship and kindness. I am proof of such a This is an opportunity… change, so I know it‟s true. NOW CHOOSE. So, for the next few months, myself and few musical friends are going to be touring South Africa and minis- If your community or church tering to the youth of South would like to welcome us for a Africa, FREE OF CHARGE. ministry day or evening, please email me at: Love is free and that is what firstname.lastname@example.org we want to bring. Love is
by Eugene van Deventer