Monday, February 23, 2009

Open letter to leaders of the ACDP and CDA

An Open Letter to Dr. Kenneth Meshoe, ACDP president, and leaders of the CDA (Louis Michael Green, Rev. Theunis Botha, Colin Wesley Fibiger and Jan Christoffel Hendrik Landman)

Good day to each of you gentlemen!

I would like each one of you to know that I am writing this open letter with the voters in mind. I am not trying to nail you, so to speak, however I do want to put you on the spot. This is certainly not for my own benefit, but for the benefit of those that you want to vote for you!

As you all know, South Africa has always been a country with deep divisions, whether racially or politically. Even within race groups (not that there are different races—we are all the human race), South Africans cannot stand together when it comes to politics.

Politics is primarily an ideologically driven endeavour. That makes it, at times, a lonely enterprise. I am sure that each of you have experienced that.

To come to the point, just a week or so ago, there were talks concerning unity between the ACDP (African Christian Democratic Party) and the CDA (Christian Democratic Alliance) for the upcoming elections. However, the ACDP turned down the offer.

As an interlude, I am sure each one of you have entertained the thought as to why your parties have not had a greater impact in previous elections. 1.6% certainly is not an impact, no matter which way you slice it.

Just ten days ago, 13 Feb 2009, I wrote a blog post called, Can there be unity among South Africa’s Christian political parties? My premise in that blog post is that without unity among Christian parties, they will not see a greatly increased impact upon our political landscape. And that, brothers, is a real shame.

Unity or in this case, disunity, among Christian parties is even being discussed on Facebook! The fact is that many Christian voters, who should form the biggest voters’ block in SA, simply do not know which Christian party to vote for! Why should they vote for one and not another? The end result is that they do what they have always done, vote for the DA or the ANC, and now they will vote for COPE too!

When each of these Christian parties believe in the same thing, which one would be the better one to vote for? I am sure you see the conundrum!

Now gentlemen, I would like to pose some questions to you!

First, to Dr. Kenneth Meshoe, president of the ACDP.

Knowing that the CDA put forth their hand of unity to the ACDP, could you please let the Christian voters of South Africa know why your party decided against walking in unity with the CDA?

I don’t want to make assumptions as to why this was decided, and I am sure that if you spell it out, then all assumptions can be put aside.

In my opinion there cannot be many more than 2 reasons, why different Christian groups cannot walk together in unity. The first reason would be that the other group is teaching false teaching or perhaps heresy. The second is that the other group is walking in sin.

Second, to each of the leaders of the CDA.

Having known that there was already a strong Christian party, as Christian parties go, in South Africa, why did you find it necessary to start more Christian parties in this country?

Again, either you thought that the existing party at the time, the ACDP was teaching some form of heresy or they were living in sin, and therefore you started more Christian parties. If your reasons are not any of those above, what could have been so bad within the ACDP to take you to the point of starting more Christian parties. Of course, I have my own assumptions, but whether they are right or not I do not know.

Third, a question that must be answered by the ACDP and the CDA.

Why should voters vote for your party and not the other Christian party?

Finally, it will really be a disservice to the voters of this country if you reply with some trite, innocuous reasons for the paths you all have chosen.

Please, give the voters real answers and not some diplomatic answer that hides the real reasons from the voters.

(1) A Song of Ascents. Of David. Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! (2) It is like the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes! (3) It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion! For there the LORD has commanded the blessing, life forevermore.(Psa 133:1-3)

(1) I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, (2) with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, (3) eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (4) There is one body and one Spirit--just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call-- (5) one Lord, one faith, one baptism, (6) one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. (Eph 4:1-6)

Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. (1Pe 3:8)

These Scripture verses above make it very clear, unity is a very important component in God’s Kingdom. Among His people, there should be a clear purpose of unity and a striving towards such unity. Such unity is not something that must be rejected lightly.

In one way or another, it is my strong belief, that each one of you to whom I have directed this open letter has a part in this disunity among your parties.

I would urge you all to work harder towards walking in unity. If there are petty personality squabbles, all I can say is, GET OVER IT!

The future of this country is partly in your hands. Do not squander the opportunities that are before you!

(34) A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. (35) By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. (Joh 13:34-35)

Gentlemen, for the sake of this country, and for the glory of God, walk together in unity if no heresy or sin divides you!

Please respond to this open letter at your earliest convenience. You may either respond to this blog post in the comment section, or you may find the email address for this blog at the top right of this blog at http://bibliopolit.blogspot.com.

Any reply will be made public so that voters can have real reasons to vote for either of your parties.

May you know God’s grace upon grace as you continue to work for Christ!

God bless,
William Dicks
Pretoria, South Africa


Update:
I have received responses from both parties. The CDA responded first, so the first link is to their response:
CDA Response
ACDP Response

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