Nelson Mandela honored by South African pastor, PJ Smyth

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:

About Adrian Warnock

Adrian Warnock is a medical doctor, and a writer. Since 1995 he has been a member of Jubilee Church London. Adrian serves as part of Jubilee's leadership team alongside Tope Koleoso. Together they have written Hope Reborn - How to Become a Christian and Live for Jesus, published by Christian Focus. Adrian is also the author of Raised With Christ - How The Resurrection Changes Everything, published by Crossway.
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  • Ross Nixon

    Mandela is an iconic figure of the Left, and was the most
    highly recognized leader of a movement that dismantled South Africa’s
    Apartheid government. Mandela was no doubt a tough man, having survived
    twenty seven years in South African prisons. But make no mistake, he was a communist who loudly proclaimed the virtues of other murderous communists like Fidel Castro and Yasser Arafat.

    While a lot of his activities were whitewashed following his election
    as South Africa’s first post-Apartheid president, and creation of a
    “coalition” government in South Africa, he actually followed Robert
    Mugabe’s leadership model in Zimbabwe. That is, having established
    themselves in power, the communists waited until the international media
    spotlight moved elsewhere to begin dismantling the highly successful
    capitalist economy that had existed before.

    During its Apartheid years, South Africa was the migratory
    destination for Africans all over the continent because even under
    Apartheid, blacks in South Africa lived better than they did in
    countries ruled by communist black leaders. Apartheid, like all
    artificial economic barriers, was also collapsing under its own weight,
    as economic prosperity chipped away at its restrictive policies.
    Allowing it to die on its own would have enabled South Africa to
    preserve what was good, i.e. their vibrant economy, while slowly
    transitioning to a majority ruled government.

    Today South Africa is rapidly sliding toward Zimbabwe, where
    government rape, theft and murder of blacks and whites alike is the
    norm. While the leadership lives like parasitic kings on the dying host
    of their nation, the country itself is headed into the sewer. Despite
    his charisma and charm, Mandela has to be recognized as the father of
    the malevolent forces now at work throughout Africa, turning that
    continent into a wasteland of misery and poverty.

    • Adrian Warnock

      I am shocked by this reading of Mandela’s life. I strongly disagree, and today I give thanks for his life.

      • Josh Elsom


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        • Rich Atterton

          Maybe you should look a little closer at Peter Hammond’s background. Was there violence in Mandela’s past? Yes. Were there dubious political affiliations? Yes. Exactly the same could be said about Hammond. As someone who does not believe the ends justifies the mean I condemn both of their actions. Wretched TV is a reformed wing of the republican party and to be taken as such.

          • Josh Elsom

            What is dubious about Hammond’s past or his affiliates?
            I’m happy to forgive Mandela of his murder and former life of terror. Did he ever repudiate his past and ask forgiveness? If so, I forgive him, but that does not mean that I now laud his legacy as being one of a peacemaker.

          • Rich Atterton

            Ok. I will start with Mandela. I am not defending him. I lambasted Thatcher when she died and people said it was mean; allow her family to grieve etc… His post apartheid legacy speaks for itself in terms of statesmanship. I reject his violence… that he may not have repudiated it makes him human. He never claimed messianic status even though some gave it to him. As for “dr” peter hammon, his time in the south african defence force as a sniper and intelligence office, during a period of south african history where the sadf would quell any resistance to apartheid, shows his “ends justifies the means” mentality is similar to that of Mandela’s. This incident gives you a flavour of the man. What disturbs me the most though is the fusing of faith and politics that is so dangerous. Whether Hammond was gun running for the Sudan or not he typifies the problems of Christian reconstructionism and the desire to implement Christian theocracy on Africa. Last point has Hammond ever repudiated Apartheid? I mean actually said it was wrong? No. WND and other right wing press need to stop trotting this guy out as their poster boy. Skeletons are lurking.

          • Rich Atterton

            From Hammond’s website on his meeting with Mandela..

            We had marched on Tuesday and on Thursday I was summoned to meet the president in his official residence. During the hour with Nelson Mandela I handed him a copy of Dr. James Kennedy’s book Foundations for Your Faith.

            The first question from President Mandela was: “So, Mr. Hammond what were you doing in the years of struggle?”

            “I was fighting people like you, sir.” I answered.

            Nelson Mandela laughed and reached out his hand saying: “I’m so pleased to meet an honest white man! Every other white has told me how they always supported me and opposed apartheid. I wondered how the National Party stayed in power for over 40 years!”

            “Well, Mr. President, make no mistake, I was not fighting for apartheid. I was fighting against communism and against terrorism.”

            He never condemned Apartheid and rather tellingly he tells this story.

            At the end of the hour, Nelson Mandela stood up and told us that we could now take our pictures. I did not mean to be rude, but we honestly hadn’t even thought about that: “No thank you,” I said. He turned mouth agape in apparent shock. Perhaps we were the first delegation to meet with him who didn’t want to have pictures taken with him. I then hastened to add: “But, we would like to pray for you.”

          • Josh Elsom

            He clearly said that he was not “fighting for apartheid” which, by itself, indicates that he did not advocate it. Secondly, I’ve heard him in interviews repudiate it.

          • Rich Atterton

            Yes and he makes it clear why… he was fighting against communism. What a perfect opportunity to set the record straight come out and say it but he does not. Can you show me where he says Apartheid was wrong? If you search on his website for the word apartheid you mostly get articles defending Ian Smith! If you can point directly to an active statement of him repudiating it I will retract all statements to the contrary.

          • Josh Elsom

            I tried, to no avail, to find the audio of Dr. Hammond’s repudiation of apartheid. I did, however, find a statement in this recent article —”The Mandela Industry”— wherein he expresses his opposition to it.


          • Rich Atterton

            Thanks for the link and also thank you for taking the time to research it. I am not quite prepared to make the retract for this reason. How can he have been a member of the SADF, whose job it was to often enforce Apartheid and oppose it at the same time. I think I just get mad when people use their faith as a spring board for an overtly political agenda.

          • Ronald Reiman

            Are you an apologist.

          • Ronald Reiman

            You can’t bring yourself to accept that the man was nothing more than a clever media savvy terrorist thug. What you think does not matter. God has him now and God is not fooled. If God sends him to hell, what can you do? NOTHING

          • Ronald Reiman

            Another apologist trotting out someone else to take the heat off Mandela. It is Mandela who died. It is Mandela who the media is elevating to Christ like staus, it is not about Hammond or countelss thousands like him and now you bring Thacther into it, so keep adding names to spread his murder and terror rate on to other people as though that absolves Mandela, it doesn’t. God is not fooled.

          • Ronald Reiman

            Who are you trying to defend? You will not condemn Manadela but keep refering to others. What we may or not think of him and his murderous party is irrelevant. God knows and God will punish so the grandfatherly figure of your saintly Mandela who is not Christ like despite the media’s attemp to make him Christ like. To God who judges, vague references to dubious affiliations and mentioning anothers name does nothing to lessen the evil of Mandela, So you may be upset but if God sends him to hell, you cannot appeal.

      • Young Calvinist
        • Rich Atterton

          Yes he was a communist. Thank you for your timely and insightful contribution to the debate.

      • Young Calvinist

        One more video with ten arguments why Mandela is despicable:×9-E8qQAo

      • Young Calvinist

        Here is one more discussion on Nelson Mandela:

      • Ronald Reiman

        Take your head out of the sand Adrian, we who came before you read about this daily. Disagree as much as you like. Mandela’s victims will not forgive. You know only what the liberal media has told you, we lived while these events unfolded. Read what is available, this man was not a saint, he was not Christ like, all that he was was elderly with Chinese eyes.

      • Ronald Reiman
  • Aaron Ingram

    Mandela was a communist, bought in the most liberal abortion laws and promoted gay marriage. I fail to see how this is the fruit of a disciple of Christ. He was also the leader of the armed wing of the ANC. Why do Christians promote this man as a saint when he never said he was?

  • Ronald Reiman

    An apologist for murdering Mandela and his wife wInnie the necklacer. Just shake a box of matches in her face to let her know that God is watching and she will have to pay for the murders that she committed and had a hand in. Nelson is paying the price at the moment, God is not fooled by elderly grandfatherly Mandela, God shall not be mocked. mandela is discovering that God meant what he said and that you cannot commit murder and atrocity and get away with it. NOW IT IS MANDELA’S TURN TO SUFFER.

    • Rich Atterton

      Wow. Just wow.

      • Ronald Reiman

        Just wow?