WE MUST FORGIVE AND FORGET. WHY DID YOU WRITE ABOUT THE ST. JAMES MASSACRE? THE BIBLE LEARNS ME NOT EVEN TO TALK ABOUT WHAT PEOPLE DO IN SILENT.
Thank you for your letter in response to our article: The St. James Massacre.
What do you mean we must “forgive and forget”?
Are we never to record any history, or present any testimonies?
Everyone involved in this atrocity exercised Christian forgiveness from the start. Our missionaries went out of their way in order to take the Gospel to the terrorists in prison. And since they were released by Tutu’s TRC, we have continued to distribute Bibles, provide training and practical help, and exercise Christian compassion amongst these people, who in human terms, were our enemies.
However, why would you think that it is not important to remember and learn from such traumatic events as these? Or remember the martyrs for their faith?
Do you never read anything?
Should we abolish history?
Do you never read any news reports, testimonies, books, or articles?
Do you never listen to any news reports on the radio, or TV?
We are deluged daily with humanistic and secular distortions of history and reality.
Surely it is our Christian duty to be reporting on events around the world, particularly as they affect the suffering church, through Christian alternative media? Newsletters, in magazines, on Christian community radio stations, through social media, on websites, through e-mailings, etc.
We must not be conformed to the world, but we need to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. Do you realise that we are involved in a world war of worldviews?
The other side, the anti-Christian, secular humanists, radical Muslims and Marxist atheists, are daily bombarding us with their propaganda of hate and distortion. What do you propose that we do in response?
What are you doing?
What do you mean that “the Bible learns me not even to talk about what people do in silent.”?
We are not talking about secret, silent sins here, we are talking about one of the most public, visible atrocities in Cape Town’s history: the violent, murderous attack on Christians at worship in a church. This was hardly done in silence!
You are commanded to remember those who are suffering for their faith (Hebrews 13:13), and to speak up for those who cannot speak up for themselves.
May the Lord bless, guide and strengthen you.
Yours for Faith and freedom
Dr. Peter Hammond