Greetings in the precious Name of the Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ
Thank you very much for your critical letter 22/11 concerning my Tribute for Ian Douglas Smith.
I’m sorry to hear that this article could have hurt your feelings. May I ask if you have ever met Ian Smith personally? Did you know him? Or are your impressions based upon the reports that you have received in the media?
I have been a Christian for 30 years and involved in missions for over 25 years. During that time I’ve travelled very widely and ministered in 27 counties worldwide, including in the Congo, Nigeria, Sudan, Zimbabwe, etc. I have found that much of the media is anti-Christian, and most of the reports that appear on TV and in the newspapers are inaccurate and twisted.
The depictions of Ian Smith as a “racist”“white supremist”,“cruel dictator”,“bitter”, etc, are completely false. I knew Ian Smith, well. I met him frequently over the last twenty years, prayed with him, read the Scriptures with him, and we spent many hours discussing social, political and spiritual matters. He was nothing like the man that is depicted in the news media.
You need to remember that the media sources that you are trusting for your information on Ian Smith are the same media that support abortion, pornography, evolution, and are so blatantly prejudiced against Christianity.
Mr Ian Smith was no racist. He loved the black people of Rhodesia, and worked to protect them and to provide education, medicine, and facilities far superior to what the poor people of Zimbabwe are suffering under now.
No one starved in Rhodesia. Even in wartime, life in Rhodesia was never as bad as Zimbabwe has become in peacetime. Over four million Zimbabweans have fled Mugabe’s rule in Zimbabwe in recent times. Nothing like this ever happened when Ian Smith was running Rhodesia.
I have been serving the black people of Zimbabwe since 1982. Since the first year of Frontline Fellowship we have been ministering into Zimbabwe, and we continue to smuggle in many tons of food and medicines to help the starving victims of Mugabe’s oppression. I’ve dedicated most of my life to serving the black people of Africa, in the Name of Christ.
I have no time for racism. I get much criticism from white racists for “wasting my time”on the black people of Africa. I also receive enormous amounts of venom from black racists who hate me for no other reason than I am white. Then again there are many people who hate me simply because I am a Christian. And even more because I am a missionary!
But none of this must matter. The important thing is to work for the “well done, good and faithful servant!” from the only One that really matters, Almighty God our Creator and eternal Judge. From your letter, you plainly do not understand who Ian Smith was or what he did. The Scriptures warn us not to bear false witness against our neighbour.
You plead with me in your letter to think of the “many black people of Zimbabwe”. I do. It is them that I’ve been serving, smuggling food to, and speaking up for the last two and a half decades.
May the Lord continue to bless, guide and strengthen you.
Yours for the fulfillment of the Great Commission
Dr Peter Hammond