Dear ACDP friends,
Greetings in the name of the Lord.
Most people agree that the year 2020 was not a great one. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, some people lost their jobs and livelihoods, while others lost their loved ones.
If we look at things from a natural point of view, 2021 looks to be no better than 2020 because of what we see in our hospitals, and from what we hear from our Minister of Health, who tells us that the rate of Coronavirus infections are increasing.
For the first time, there were no celebrations to ring in the New Year. Churches were not allowed to have their traditional New Year cross-over services which left many very upset.
Many people are panicking and worried about what is currently happening, while some are saying that the future is bleak. They are fast losing hope.
I’ve been very encouraged to see and hear about prayer groups and churches that have called for periods of fasting and prayer. This I believe, is where hope begins.
The Lord says in Jeremiah 33:3, “Call unto me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things that you know not.”
As we are now in 2021, we should remember that we are not alone, but the Lord is with us. The same God who led the children of Israel out of Egypt and said to them, “My presence will go with you and I will give you rest” (Exodus 33:14), is our God.
He is the same God who hears our cries and our prayers, and His presence will go and be with us throughout this year.
Even though we will go through a number of storms, particularly during the first part of this year, we should not allow fear and anxiety to grip our hearts.
Rather, we should have faith and full confidence in our God who has power to save.
The storms we will face this year include those precipitated by the following:
- The process around the amendment of section 25 of the Constitution regarding expropriation of land without compensation, and its subsequent implementation.
- The number of farm attacks that might increase because of increasing levels of lawlessness, unemployment and poverty that will bring more suffering to vulnerable people.
- Arrests of high profile people, particularly politicians, for their involvement in criminal activities relating to PPEs tender corruption as exposed at the Zondo Commission.
- The public spat between Justice Zondo and former President Jacob Zuma who has so far refused to cooperate with the commission. If Mr Zuma does not change his defiant attitude, it might lead to his arrest. Should that happen, we can expect a violent reaction from his supporters.
- Another possible hard lockdown is looming as new Covid-19 infections are reportly increasing exponentially, and government seems to be failing to give a clear strategy of how they are going to mitigate this serious challenge. The ACDP does not support lockdowns as jobs are lost in the process, while poverty, hunger and suffering increase.
Throughout the storms that are ahead of us, none of us should panic, but we should look up to our faithful God in prayer for answers and solutions. Please build your faith this year by reading and studying God’s Word and spending time in prayer.
Many people will be watching the ACDP to see and hear what we will be saying if, as predicted, it becomes chaotic in the country.
As people who are walking in the light of God, we should reach out to those in darkness and give hope to the hopeless. We should work much harder than we did before, and prepare ACDP leaders to be game changers throughout the year.
Remember that our ultimate goal and vision is to have a Godly government in South Africa. Only the Lord can save this nation.
I pray that God will bring the counsel of the wicked to nought (Psalm 33:10–11) and frustrate their evil plans. By the grace of the Lord, Covid-19 will be defeated and we will walk in the power and glory of our King.
So my brothers and sisters, I wish you and your family wisdom, courage and a resolute mind to win all battles that will come our way in 2021.
Victory is God’s will for us. Romans 8:37 says we are more than conquerors through Jesus Christ our Lord.
May the Lord strengthen, and protect you and your family.
Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed and triumphant 2021.
Yours in Christ
Rev Kenneth Meshoe MP
President: African Christian Democratic Party