Article Title: A BOOK “REVIEW”: THE RAINBOW PEOPLE OF GOD by Desmond Tutu
Shared by: Craig Lock
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A BOOK “REVIEW”: THE RAINBOW PEOPLE OF GOD by Desmond Tutu
Edited by John Allen
Foreword by Nelson Mandela
First published in 1994 by Doubleday, a division of Transworld Publishers
“The Rainbow People of God serves as a powerful reminder of the social and political upheaval in South Africa in recent years. It also highlights the courage, passion and dedication of one man driven by his own values, faith, and sense of justice to overcome one of this century’s greatest abuses of human rights.”
“At home in South Africa, I have sometimes said in big meetings, where you have black and white together:
‘Raise your hands!’ Then I’ve said, Move your hands,’ and I’ve said: ‘Look at your hands – different colours representing different people. You are the rainbow people of God.’
And you remember the rainbow in the Bible is the sign of peace. The rainbow is the sign of prosperity. We want peace, prosperity and justice…. and we can have it when all the people of God, the rainbow people of God work together.”
– Desmond Tutu, preaching in Tromso, north of the Arctic Circle in Norway (5th December 1991)a
Here are my notes in point-form (together with some personal thoughts) from this excellent book, the most important message of which transcends boundaries and is eternal… and this is why I’m sharing. In addition, Desmond Tutu’s great book brings back memories of the dark days under apartheid in South Africa, but also in many ways parallels my own journey…from the walking from darkness into the light.
All in “a land of laughter and joy, of justice and reconciliation, of peace and unity, of compassion, sharing and caring.”
Help develop a culture of “live and let live” tolerance
“Let each one of us be channels of love , peace , justice and reconciliation.”
“The light shineth in the darkness and the darkness did not overwhelm the light.”
“God bless Africa
Guard her children
Guide her rulers
And give her peace.”
– former Achbishop Trevor Huddlestone (banned, then expelled from South Africa)
The application of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the situation of injustice and oppression and exploitation (the very essence of apartheid).
Each person is created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26)
Apartheid policies are not only unjust and oppressive – they are positively unbiblical, unchristian, immoral and even evil.
If there is to be reconciliation, we who are the ambassadors of Christ… must be instruments of peace
“God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself”, declares St Paul in 2 Corinthians 5:9), summing up the teaching contained in other parts of the New Testament (John 12:32, Ephesians 1:10, Ephesians 214 and so on)
“The aim of the Church is to bring about social justice. Justice must be done to the poor and the oppressed, and if the present system does not serve this purpose, the public conscience must be roused to demand another.”
The hallowed tradition of direct non-violent action.
” I support the ANC in its objectives to establish a non-racial democratic South Africa; but I do not support its methods…
I am committed to work for a non-racial, just and democratic South Africa.”
I work for God’s Kingdom.”
Stand for the Truth
God came down in Jesus Christ to deliver us from bondage.
“If God be for us, who can be against us!”
Jesus was fully human (with fears, emotions, like each one of us). On earth he lived as no more than a man! He came to preach the gospel to those whom we call the marginalized members of society, to bind-up and heal the broken-hearted, to comfort those who mourn.
“If the Son sets you free, you will be truly free.”
We (each one of us, if we so choose) have been given the ministry of reconciliation, of liberation, of justice, of peace and of love. No encircling gloom can snuff out the light of Christ, the light of love, joy, peace, justice and reconciliation.
The resurrection of Jesus is our guarantee that right has triumphed and will triumph over wrong, that good has triumphed and will triumph over evil; it’s our guarantee that love has triumphed and will triumph over hate. Jesus Christ has broken down all kinds of walls of separation. You and I know despite all the evidence to the contrary that we, black and white together, are one in the Spirit. You and I know that we will hold hands, black and white together, with our heads held high, as we stride into the glorious future which God holds out to us, black and white together, as we work with Him for the fulfilment of the vision of St John, the Divine.
‘Salvation comes from our God, who is on the throne, and from the Lamb!”
The central work of Jesus was to effect reconciliation between God and us and also between man and man.
“True science cannot contradict true religion.”
St Paul says: God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself.”
– 2 Corinthians 5:19
His latest novels ‘The Awakened Spirit’ and ‘From Seeds of Hate to the Bonds of Love’, based on some true and inspiring stories
of the unquenchable, the indomitable human spirit, that lies within each one of us. Stories of ‘Endless Possibilities, Far and Unlimited (Grand) Horizons’
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“Lord, make me a channel for Your peace to flow through to everyone I meet”
“The task ahead of you can always be overcome by the power within you…and the often seemingly difficult or even “impassable”) path ahead of you is never as steep with the great spirit that lies within you.”
“Together, lets join (link) hands and march into a brighter future.”
– Amy Biehl (a young Fulbright scholar, tragically killed in South Africa in the lead-up to the first democratic election of 1994)
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