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Christians face the challenge of making a wise vote that balances moral values with pragmatic considerations

Tomorrow, Wednesday 29, South Africans will march to the polls to vote. 

As Christians, we must understand our God-given right to vote democratically while we still have the opportunity in this country. 

Of course, the majority of eligible voters believe their votes is in vain, which is understandable. Especially among our youth, but keep in mind that there are many lower-income voters who will vote based on blind loyalty, free Kentucky Fried Chicken hampers, or enticing unrealistic nationalist promises like free quality health care.  Unfortunately, this is how power is swayed in favour of the wrong leaders.

Looters Rather than Liberators

This is the reality, a no vote is a vote for the ruling ANC government, which, along with the EFF and MK party, are looters rather than liberators, putting their selfish ambitions ahead of the interests of all our country’s citizens.

It is remarkable but with 52 parties to choose from, I never anticipated democracy in South Africa would end up like an ice cream menu. On a serious note, this many flavours to choose from has only diluted what I believe to be the strongest coalition of all: eligible non-voters who are hesitant to vote tomorrow.  This is unacceptable and must not be permitted.

“Your vote is a symbol of hope and a token of the future of our children and country.  I urge you to not only vote but to “vote wisely”. 

Shan Thumbran

As a result, I urge you to make tomorrow count. Your vote is a symbol of hope and a token of the future of our children and country.  I urge you to not only vote but to “vote wisely”. 

As a pastor and a biblical Christian, I empathize deeply with the moral difficulty that many of us confront when entering the voting booth.  But I assure you, if God used Cyrus, then He can use a non-Christian party.

During this period of political uncertainty gripping our nation, the pivotal question shouldn’t solely revolve around whether a political party adheres to the same set of biblical values. This approach is legalistic rather than being led by the spirit.  Instead, our focus should shift towards pragmatic considerations, such as evaluating a party’s proven administrative competence in governing our country across all levels and its potential to hold enough seats to influence significant change.

Personally, although I may not align with the values of a party like the DA, I do recognise the validity of concerns regarding allegations of racism within the organisation. However, when considering what’s ultimately best for our nation, we must weigh the options: Would we prefer dealing with a few instances of racism within the DA while maintaining a functioning country, or would we rather contend with the self-serving practices of the ANC and the consequences of a failing state?

This decision shouldn’t require a degree in rocket science, especially for those who prioritise the wellbeing of the people. Opting for a DA that ensures electricity and clean water over an ANC leading to water shortages, more blackouts, and impending grid failure, the DA is the wiser choice.

The DA or Action SA presents a no-nonsense approach, strong administrative skills, and a commitment to economic growth. Electing them could reduce the seats held by the ANC, EFF, and MK, thereby loosening their grip on power and influence, as anti-democratic, dictatorial, nationalist, militants.

A wise Vote Requires a long-term Strategy

While the DA or Action SA offers a promising alternative with its focus on effective governance and economic prosperity, it’s essential to recognise that the ANC’s hold on power might persist, albeit tenuously. The signs are clear as daylight that their decline is on the horizon in the next term.

Many former ANC loyalists, mainly from the middle class, have abandoned the ruling party for obvious reasons. Shouldn’t you do your part by voting wisely tomorrow?

Hope this message served up some brain salad for you! Now let’s spread this good food with all.

P.S. Shan Thumbran