The Media Myth and Global Cult of Nelson Mandela

Conclusion

  In June 2013 South African President Jacob Zuma, a devoted disciple of Mandela, said something which every starry-eyed liberal who has fallen for the media-created Mandela myth should take to heart – but won’t, alas.  He said: “people should not create their own superficial image of Madiba [Mandela’s clan name].  They must love Madiba the volunteer-in-chief of the Defiance Campaign, Madiba the Umkhonto we Sizwe [MK] commander-in-chief, Madiba the revolutionary, Madiba the long-serving prisoner.  We must not only focus on Madiba the first president…”[65]  In other words, he was saying that if they wanted to love him, they must love everything about him.  They must love him not just as the elderly president, but they must love the man he was before becoming president: the leader of the ANC’s bloodthirsty terrorist “army”, MK; the Communist-inspired revolutionary and lifelong member of the organisation that committed atrocious deeds of terror in the name of “liberation”.  Zuma was right, for Mandela never changed.  These were the things he remained committed to throughout his life, and the liberal masses cannot pick and choose what they want to love about him.  If they wanted to love him, they must be honest and love everything about him.  But no – they prefer to whitewash away the unsavoury aspects of his life.  Facts, however, are stubborn things, and those who were not taken in by the media myth did not love Mandela, unlike the fawning masses who spoke of him in semi-religious tones as if he was some kind of messiah, saviour, and demigod.  He was a mere human being, a sinful human being, committed to a monstrous ideology.

  The tragedy of the cult of Nelson Mandela is so much larger than the tragedy for him personally, for he died without Christ, a stranger to the Gospel of the grace of God.  It is the tragedy of a world that is floundering in moral relativism, that has rejected the Word of God, the Bible, and the one and only Saviour who is so wonderfully revealed therein, the Lord Jesus Christ.  A world in such utter confusion that it cannot discern between good and evil, between light and darkness.  A world that makes heroes out of sinful men, and turns its back on Christ, the One who had no sin at all. 

  When Vladimir Lenin died, despite his hatred for religion and his war against God, it did not take his Communist followers long to turn him into a kind of god.  He was embalmed, and a shrine was built over his tomb in Red Square, Moscow, to which pilgrims flocked and lined up for hours to gaze at his body.  Even years after his death, slogans were to be seen in the streets: Lenin Lives!  Note the religious nature of all this: embalming, shrine, pilgrims, Lenin lives!  Essentially, Soviet Communists’ hearts were craving for something to fill the spiritual vacuum that Communist ideology had created.  They had rejected both true Christianity and false “christianity”, and Lenin became their substitute saviour.

  In a secular humanist world, men hunger for a saviour.  They long to fill the spiritual void in their lives.  But they have no desire to turn to Christ, for they love their sin too much.  So they set up a substitute saviour.  And for millions this substitute saviour is Nelson Mandela.  The shrine was created, the pilgrims flocked to it and will continue to do so, and the world has been told that Mandela will live on, indeed live forever, in the hearts of his adoring disciples and through his “teachings” and philosophy and ideology. 

“Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man…. and worshipped and served the creature more than [“rather than”, as the marginal note puts it] the Creator, who is blessed for ever” (Rom. 1:22,23,25).

December 2013

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