Monday, June 11, 2007

NG Kerk, unification and so forth....

The General Synod of the NG Kerk is in the news again, especially the Afrikaans media. This time they made some progressive steps in their gay debate. I however wondered why this NG-gay debate (for lack of a better term) ballooned almost out of porportion. I can understand the relevance, the genuine-ness and seriousness with which they grappled with these matters. Who will dare to deny this ? This is also from what we've over-heard, not an easy discourse. My question however relates to the fact that again, it was their debate, in the corner and still, a debate which smacked the old styled apartheid. After their 1857 decision of seperate communion amongst races, which paved the way for seperate churches and later apartheid and which coloured (pun intended) this church as racially separatist and a colonial relic of a dark history, they were still not able to throw off this baggage-no, they choose to trek laager around (now also gay) white Afrikaners. The consequence is that they have not yet come to the point of opening up to their black, coloured and indian sisters and brothers and become one church, listening to God's word, irrepective of race, language or culture. It remains difficult to open up to the 'other', because maybe we would loose power or control over the outcome.
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