Friday, January 28, 2011

JM and Lawlessness

Following on my posts on lawlessness last week, the thoughts of the leader of the ANC Youth League are interesting. (I am not going to name him on principle!)
He believes that he should be allowed to sing the Shoot the Boer song because it is part of his heritage. In other words, he sees his heritage as that which defines right and wrong. There is no external standard, only his. We would expect him to see that incitement to kill is morally wrong and even if it is only a false incitement it is nonetheless hurtful and stirs up hate. But this is all secondary to his heritage.
One can see that this is essentially lawlessness because if it was law that one's heritage defines right and wrong then there are people who can say that their heritage includes white supremacy and apartheid and claim equal justification for practising them. Presumably this would not be acceptable to JM. This is lawlessness.
* Anyone wondering why this pops up in their feed reader again, I just corrected some spelling mistakes. I was writing between activities at seminary and had to rush!

4 comments:

Thomas Scarborough said...

It's the difference between one's right and love. One wouldn't dream, in our Church, of singing anything remotely partisan.

Jenny Hillebrand said...

Something about giving up one's own rights and championing others, isn't it? Something like Jesus did on the cross, something like 'take up your cross'.
Thanks.

Thomas Scarborough said...

But also just ... love. Where there is love, one doesn't do some things.

Jenny Hillebrand said...

Yes.