I don’t get it. I don’t get it at all.
Nelson Mandela was a man, a man doing what God required from him to do.
Yes he became an important figure because of his sufferings to bring an end to the injustices being perpetrated against the “Blacks” of South Africa, but throughout history there have been many men, women, and children, martyred for a cause, and nobody made a big deal over them, with the exception of one, Jesus.
I just can’t understand why anyone makes such a big deal over someone standing up for “Right”. Isn’t this what we are called to do, defend or standup for those who cannot stand up for themselves.
In the first century, thousands gave up their lives defending their belief in Christianity. Hell, up until well after the first 1,500 years thousands of people lost their lives in the Holy Wars defending their religion and their rights as a people.
Even today thanks to the Muslims, Christianity and all persecuted peoples of the world are being forced to defend their religious rights as well as their human rights, against inhuman persecution. If you need a reminder or an example of this how about “911” in New York City, and the Pentagon and over the American skies, or the number of times we read about a car bombing, or some Muslim strapping a bomb to themselves and walking into some crowd to kill and maim others in the name of their god.
This said, what makes Nelson Mandela so special, so deserving a “State Funeral”? What makes his death any more special than the thousands, millions of those who died long before him. Furthermore, Nelson Mandela died a peaceful death at home, in bed, unlike those crucified, or cut down by a sword, or shot, or blown up
The day after his death, it was reported that his body had already been cremated and the ashes shipped to the town where he was to be interred. So who or what was in that lavish coffin that people were filing past?
To top off everything, during the ceremonies held yesterday, it is reported that some person who was performing sign-language for the hearing impaired, was signing gibberish. He was a fake. How insulting that is for South Africa, and its people to learn.
And to bring a fitting ending to all of this, this sign language interpreter now apologizes saying he was hearing voices due to an illness. What’s that?
Nelson Mandela may be seen as an important person, but so was Jesus Christ. Jesus was crucified for his beliefs and his teachings, Mandela died a peaceful death. So what makes Mandela so special to be worthy of a “State Funeral” with all the fixings it entails?