Posted by Murray Smith

“On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said,

“Peace be with you!” John 20:19

The anticipated ousting of our mayor in the Port Elizabeth metro, Athol Trollip, by some of the opposition parties once again came to nothing earlier this week, or to quote news24 it is “permanently adjourned”. The strategy seems to be that if you don’t have enough votes to take down the mayor (sounds like an old Western movie), and then you collapse the meeting into chaos in order to discredit the current administration. History has proved that democracy is always under siege by individuals who feel their power base is being threatened and they are no longer able to push their personal agenda, especially where democracy is seen as, “a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents.”

It was no different in the first century when the power base of the Romans and the religious elite was threatened by the servant leadership of Jesus. One can fully appreciate the palpable fear the early disciples must have experienced during the politically volatile times after the crucifixion – was this really the end of everything they believed in? Should they pack it in and call it a day and go back to the old subservient system of oppression? It is true that Jesus did not come as the expected new powerful political leader the Jews hoped for, however He certainly did decisively open the door for a new kind of democracy, through future political leaders who would arise to power, through His Grace and lead by His authority. Consider Constantine who in the 4th Century laid the foundation for Christianity to become the dominant religion in Europe.

Our faith since the global, life changing event of the resurrection is about walking into the light together, into the breaking dawn of a new day. This is the Good News for all leaders who wish to take on the servant leadership Way of Jesus. It is not time to lose hope in our fledgling democracy ushered in by the last free and fair elections by the people of the Bay.

In a few moments of quiet gratitude let’s consider and reflect on ….

  • God brings order into chaos: Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.” Gen 1:2
  • God wants us to be at prayer: “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” 1 Tim 2:1-3
  • God wants us to work for peace: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” Mat 5:9