Posted by Mark Labuschagne on Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The South African political scene changed in 1994 as the newly elected democratic Government took power from the old Apartheid system of governance and guaranteed freedom of movement and expression amongst other things, which was entrenched in our new Constitution. Many political parties contested the election and in the end, the ANC Government took power and Mr Nelson Mandela became the first democratically elected President of the Republic.
Amongst others, the African Democratic Party, known as the ACDP also contested the elections and surprised many by the voting public who elected five MP's to Parliament. However, over the years, as the political scene settled into its new role, the ACDP lost a number of seats due to various reasons.
I have over the years continued to maintain a relationship with the leadership of the party and have seen and heard their hearts as they continue their labor of love, firstly for their Savior, Jesus Christ and secondly for the people they represent in our country. I have taken time to view many reports and have keenly followed the work of Cheryllyn Dudley, MP and that of Councillor Demi Dudley, and believe in the motives of their heart.
Andi and I also allowed ourselves for a period to get drawn into the plans of other political parties, such as the Democratic Alliance, but found the principles of such, to be in conflict with the word of God and everything we stood for. We could not condone their policies on Abortion for example and found their management style to be seriously floored when measured on the biblical principles we aspired to. It was therefore, for this and a number of other reasons, that we decided, we could no longer compromise and if we were going to vote, that it would be for a party that represented Christ.
As we travel around our nation, we will be encouraging others who have similar beliefs to do the same, for we believe the ACDP can turn things around and with our support, we could see the goodness of Jesus manifest in the South African political arena. Of course, for this to happen, we would need every Spirit-filled Born-again believer to get behind these leaders, for in doing so, we can make a difference.
If 1 million Christians voted for righteousness, our country would see true change in Government. A million votes is not impossible, all we need is your support to make this a reality. So, as we start preparing for a very important election year, I ask you, my dear friends to pray about supporting our nationally elected leaders in the ACDP for as we do so, we enable them to be a voice in our nation.
The contents of this news strip is the opinion of Mark Labuschagne Ministries and not necessarily that of the ACDP. For more information, please visit www.acdp.org.za