A STATEMENT OF THE COMMISSION OF THE GENERAL CHURCH ASSEMBLY OF THE MARANATHA REFORMED CHURCH OF CHRIST ON RECENT XENOPHOBIC ATTACKS

The Commission of the General Church Assembly of the Maranatha Reformed Church of Christ (MRCC) during its sitting in Pretoria on Saturday 18 April 2015 expressed its shock at and abhorrence of the xenophobic attacks carried out with extreme brutality by some lunatic South African citizens. The MRCC Commission of the GCA calls for an immediate stop to this barbaric slaughter of our Fellow Africans who seek refuge and fellowship in our democratic South Africa.  As Christians, we have a Divine injunction to love and care for the foreigners who are our true fellow sons and daughters of Mother Africa.

When the law expert asked Christ in Luke10: 25-37, who his neighbour was (v.29b), who then answered himself in verse 37 after Christ narrated to him the parable of the Good Samaritan; Jesus told him: “Go and do likewise.” That is the kind of love that we should show to our Fellow Africans.

The MRCC Commission of the GCA condemns in the strongest terms possible the embarrassing attacks by mindless people who have quickly forgotten the support that facilitated our own freedom from the oppressive and inhuman apartheid rule under which we were disintegrating as a nation.

The MRCC Commission of GCA wishes to convey its condolences to the families and countries of those who lost their lives, health and property through these cowardly inhuman attacks.  

We ask for God’s forgiveness for this inhumanity of our compatriots.  We further ask our Almighty and omniscient God to intervene through his Holy Spirit and grant wisdom to our country men and women who perpetuate these brutality against our fellow Africans.  We also pray God to grant the necessary wisdom and discernment to our government to be proactive in the prevention of such crises.

We once again call on these mindless South Africans to stop these attacks which embarrass our democracy and sense of Ubuntu and turn our Christian teaching of love – not only of our neighbour but also of our enemy into mockery.        

COMMISSION OF THE GENERAL CHURCH ASSEMBLY OF THE MARANATHA REFORMED CHURCH OF CHRIST: 18 APRIL 2015