I've asked a few people in the township in Grahamstown (Methodist people) what they think of Mvume Dandala joining Cope. The response has been negative and cynical. He ran out of power in the Methodist Church and so now he is looking for influence and status in politics. I don't know if I am overly naiive, but I find this such an unhelpful attitude.
I would like to think that Mvume Dandala had options for his future and that he felt God say that the time had come to make a stand for what he believes in through political activity. That he believed that he could make a real difference to the South African people. That he believed that this country could benefit from Christian leadership and a stronger Christian voice.
Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe his motives are all messed up. Maybe nobody ever does anything except for selfish reasons.
But this sort of thinking is what led to Jesus being crucified. The people could not believe that he was really there for their benefit. They thought that he must have ulterior motives. They couldn't trust him. So they killed him.
In some cases, I would rather give people the benefit of the doubt, even if I do seem naiive.