This lunchtime I want to recognise that a giant has fallen. Nelson Mandela was nothing short of iconic for decades. He represents so much that is good, and upright, and that reflects the peacemaker values of Jesus Christ.
In a nation where the majority were oppressed by the minority he could so easily have become a dictator, and turned the oppression back on those who locked him up for years.
Yet he didn’t.
Mandela chose reconciliation.
Mandela chose humility
Mandela laid down his power long before he had to for the good of the nation.
Mandela was the father of a nation that by God’s grace may continue to hold our a beacon of hope in what is in many ways a dark continent.
So today, we are all South Africans.
Today we all mourn.
Today we pray that Mandela’s ideals outlive him and continue to inspire our world.
Today Mandela meets his maker. May he be welcomed into glory.
I should point out that the photo in this post was taken at Madame Taussauds, but one day I do hope I will meet Mandela face to face.
I will leave the last worlds to a friend of mine, a white South African pastor called PJ Smyth:
“On behalf of Christians in South Africa and around the world, Madeba we salute you.”
I hope you enjoy this video: