Dear Church in South Africa,
i am not known for my brevity, but let me give this a try.
Firstly, i hope you know just how much i love you. i believe you hold the hope for this nation and the world – not as a particular denomination or style of doing things or expression, but as the collective body of Christ. People who Love God with all their heart, soul, strength and mind and who live out their faith in all areas of their life and in particular reaching out to and taking care of the least of these and victimised and marginalised. When you do this, you tend to do it tremendously well.
Secondly and my main point in this post is this: If you did not mention #FeesMustFall or make it a key focus point in your gathering of the body or your meeting time today, then i think you missed a trick. If you didn’t push the planned message to the side [like i did when i spoke at a conference yesterday on community building yesterday] and speak in some way into [or out of] the events of this week, then i think you may have to reconsider that you might have gotten it wrong.
i dream of a church movement that displays the kind of passion that the youth and others of South Africa displayed this last week – we needed to be taking time to listen and to try and understand and more importantly to pitch up.
Fortunately for us all, the journey will continue. There is still time to climb on board. Let’s not be left behind again. Let’s not be caught writing ‘Sorry we weren’t there’ letters of confession afterwards. Let’s be discerning the times and paying attention to where the body of Christ needs to be representing.
We can do this. We need to do this!
Let’s do it well.
love brett fish anderson, member of the body of Christ
p.s. If you are a member of a local church congregation and you agree with this and think your church leadership need to see this and respond in some way then please tag them in it, share it on their walls, print it out and stick it in someone’s hand.
What did your church service have to say about #FeesMustFall today if anything? Please let us know in the comments.