Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has
gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself
through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was
reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against
them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. (2 Cor. 5:17-19)
We remember, on this Reconciliation Day, the miraculous transformation that our
country experienced in 1994. We give thanks for many answered prayers as
cooperation rather than conflict marked our transition into democracy. We also
recognise that there is much more work to be done. Although there has been
progress and transformation at many levels, issues of discrimination and disparity
still remain. This COVID19 dominated year has had particular social and economic
challenges and has led to much frustration and friction in our communities.
Scripture teaches us that reconciliation is central to the message of the gospel. Our
holy God established an eternal relationship with rebellious sinners through the
reconciling work of Christ on the Cross. That message has been committed to all
believers as we proclaim the gospel of reconciliation to a lost and alienated world. It
is the church that should take the lead in demonstrating reconciled communities
from every tongue, tribe, and ethnicity and all for the ultimate purpose of
proclaiming God’s reconciling work in Christ.
We encourage every believer to live out the message of reconciliation in both word
and action. May the Lord help us to demonstrate reconciliation through our human
relationships and to point all the more clearly to the ultimate reconciliation God has
secured with sinners through the cross of Christ.
God Bless Africa;
Guard her children;
Guide her leaders
And give her peace,
for Jesus Christ’s sake.