Nelson Mandela died at the age of 95. He exemplifed an unusual kind of political power. He spent 27 years in prison for his anti-apartheid activism in South Africa. Whereupon he built up so much moral authority that the apartheid government, with its overtly racist system in which whites ruled over blacks, ended up dismantling itself. When he emerged from prison to become president of the new government, he led the newly-empowered black majority away from revenge to reconciliation with their former oppressors.
Mandel was a Christian, as the post below recounts. After the jump, an excerpt from a quite powerful sermon he gave on the risen Messiah. [Read more...]