Last night, Marius Van der Colf and his wife, Jeannette, whom are both South African, invited us all to a benefit dinner for their amazing ministry, Cargo of Dreams. There, we enjoyed South African cuisine and native dancers bringing down the house in their festive garb.
In addition to seeing many friends, some we had not seen in a couple of years, the highlight of the evening came at the end. Marius, who is Caucasian, invited the woman instrumental in planning the event, a black African woman, to the front of the room. They embraced with something much more meaningful than loving limbs–they embraced with the love of Christ. I dare say not many of us in the room understood the depth of respect represented in their embrace nor the extent of sacrificed required in ending apartheid.
The anniversary of the elections that defeated apartheid, April 27, is celebrated as a public holiday in South Africa known as Freedom Day.
As Christ-followers, we’re unclear as to exact day our spiritual oppression was defeated, but we are very clear as to the place–an empty tomb tucked inside a garden near the place where Jesus had been crucified.
for all of you who were baptized into Christ
have clothed yourselves with Christ.
There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free,
male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”