Uncle Angus, you have not invited all the christians

It is a wonderful initiative to call one million people together to pray for the country. It is a serious error to exclude the majority of christians in the country to join.

So, my message to you, Uncle Angus is this, “you have left the majority of christians outside this call to prayer”. As long as we do not accommodate each other and as long as we do not talk about forgiveness and restitution, God will not heal our land.

Angus Buchan

There are many prominent christian leaders in South Africa who are black. Some of them need to be involved in a call to all christians in South Africa to stand together and in fact to not only get together for a meeting, but to stand together. A meeting as such has a little value, the real value comes when christians will put a line in the sand and say – “no more” when they are back in the communities after attending a spiritual gathering. We cannot make a call like this without involving the black christian leaders. We need to think carefully why this was not done in the first place. We may doubt their “christian” faith or their practices, we may doubt their love of the Lord, we may not respect them enough to involve them, we may still be totally racist at heart, believing that as whites we are the chosen ones in South Africa.

One could argue that they are invited to this meeting, that they are not excluded. The mere practicality of having the meeting far away from a major city like Johannesburg does make it not easily accessible. Let’s assume that our black brothers could travel there by bus or taxi. This brings an extra expense to them with many of them not able to afford the amount to come. Many white people will not think twice to say I am going to go. They have the financial means to go. They are fortunate that they are able to go.

The further major stumbling block in this process is our “un-converted” capitalistic outlook. “They did not work so hard, therefore they don’t have money”. To put it differently, “our wallets still have to go for confession and conversion”. My wallet does not belong to me, it belongs to Jesus. This is what we still need to learn in South Africa.

It would be a different thing if each white person planning to come to the meeting would say, “I am going to get four black christians and sponsor them to come. I am not only going to sponsor them to come, but I am going to do my best in the next three to five years to see that they get the best possible chance to grow as a believer, a leader and to grow economically.” Now this will put a totally different slant on the meeting and the proceedings. It will show some of the love in action that we so easily talk about.

Help one another

help one another

The challenge is that many white christians do not know their black brothers and sisters. They do not know any and they think that the majority of black people are not christian. So what does this say about separation? We will pay thousands of rands to go on a missions trip far away from South Africa, but we will not drive 40 minutes to a place where a church is suffering to exist. We have R60 000 to put a fence around one of our church buildings, but we do not have R60 000 to assist people to get land for their church building in a community not too far from us. The roos of separation or apartheid has been deeply embedded in our psyche and we need to get rid of that.

It is quite possible that our belief is expressed by Senior Pastor Andre Olivier of Rivers Church (Sandton in June of 2016) who said from the pulpit – “We [white people] took nothing from no one. Maybe the law favoured us, but we worked … And when you tell me I need to share my wealth, what are you suggesting? Are you suggesting I give away some of it? Are you giving any of yours away?”

The pastor later apologised for his words, but let us be quiet for a minute or two and reflect about this. Is this not what many white people believe? Is his words not a reflection of the thoughts of the average white christian? You could see that this pastor knows virtually nothing of the struggle of the pastor in the so-called townships. I want to see him building a big church in Soweto amidst the challenges there – poverty, unemployment, drugs, crime, lawlessness.

We cannot make one of a series of excuses, like … “it was my church leaders, it was the political party, it was the politics of the day”,  or a good one I have heard recently, “our church only started quite a few years after 1994, so we are innocent”. You may have been less guilty than some other parties, but you are nonetheless guilty if you do not make a concerted effort to assist other pastors in building their churches. I am not talking here of monetary assistance in the first instance although I will not exclude that. We have to be careful how we approach the money and the gifting aspect, though. So we have sinned as whites and we keep on sinning as whites. The church should be at the forefront of getting to forgiveness and reconciliation, but it is possible that the church is not church anymore. It is possible that the church never was church in the first instance. We do not demonstrate the love of Jesus for our enemies, not to say anything about our brothers in the faith. We think along cultural lines only and not according to Kingdom principles.

Uncle Angus

So Uncle Angus, we have excluded our friends. It is not too late to start talking to them and to hear collectively what God is saying to us, but we cannot go the road alone. That, Sir, is your responsibility. You could lead the rest of the white christians to change their thinking, to change our thinking. All our thoughts must be taken captive by the Father who we claim to serve. I know that you belief that. I trust that you will continue to share that widely and practically.

I wish you well in your great efforts while I pray for huge results in the New South Africa (that is not here yet).

Hansie Louw

Boston, Bellville

27 February 2017

 

A christian’s response to Mr Zuma, Antichrist or not

How should a christian respond to Mr Zuma? Is it his job to just quietly pray for the leaders of South Africa? Should he resist the leadership and call everyone to the battle? Is Mr Zuma the Antichrist? If he is, what should the response be? So how should the christian respond?

Mr Zuma

Let us take a minute to define “christian” as the term is used loosely to include a variety of people. A christian is a person adhering to or following the teachings of Jesus Christ, an Abrahamic Monotheistic religion. A survey in 2006 indicate five types of christians ranging from Active to Cultural. The estimate was that Active group then represented about 19% of the christians surveyd. If the figure of christianity in the world is about 33%, then the Active group would be about 6% of all people. In South Africa this figure could be as high as 15% of the population if we take a figure of christians according to

the 2001 census. That census indicated that almost 80% of South Africans thought of themselves as christian. A cultural christian by definition of the survey thinks there are many ways to God and is God aware, but has little personal involvement with God. The figures may be different now as it is almost 16 years since the 2001 census, but if I talk about christians in the context of this question, I am talking about or to the 10 – 15% of people living in South Africa who believe that salvation comes through Jesus and who are committed to sharing their faith with others.

A further definition is that of Antichrist. There is so much wild speculation about who the Antichrist is or will be ranging from Mr Obama to Pope Francis. In general the antichrist is the person who denies the Father and the Son. So this definition could apply to between 70% and 94% of all people in the world in the widest sense. The term is also used is also used to indicate one particular person that will be responsible for a fierce persecution of christians in the end times. So is Mr Zuma the antichrist? In the wider sense of the word, I would say yes. In particular as the one person, I would say no.

I do not want to go into the detail of all the statements of Mr Zuma about the ANC and christianity. What is important to note though is the comment that the “ANC would rule till Jesus comes”. So after the last round of local elections where the ANC lost control in Port Elizabeth (PE) and Pretoria the picture of Jesus in a South African taxi was circulated widely.

 

Jesus in Taxi

ANC will rule till Jesus comes again

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is also important to note that Mr Zuma told church leaders to pray for the ANC and the government and to stay out of politics. Of course this advice is correct in part. The christians should pray and there should be forgiveness for wrongs committed by everybody, including Mr Zuma. As  active christian, I will pray for that and ask fellow christians to pray for forgiveness and reconciliation in the land. I will also ask the Presidency to seek justice everywhere for everyone and to focus on good governance in all aspects, to live morally (if not “christian”) clean lives. It seems to me that Mr Zuma, like many other South Africans, has divided his life in different compartments. These compartments are watertight and do not influence one another. So there is his personal life, then there is his political life, then there is his religion. He uses whatever he can get from religion to advance his political life. There is no proof in his life that he belongs to the group of christianity in the Active definition. He may be a cultural christian without Jesus in his life, but that we do not know. What we in South Africa should also keep in mind to understand better and pray more focused is that the African culture plays a huge role in certain church groupings to such an extent that people cannot find true freedom in Jesus and that their vision is distorted of what christianity is. So a person may be cultural christian and then deeply influenced by his understanding of God.

Zuma must go

Meshoe: “Zuma must go. He should resign”

So what should the christian response be? We should pray for him. He is correct there. The prayer is not a prayer of “let’s sweep everything under the carpet” and forget that it ever happened. The prayer should be that the Father who knows everything should reveal to Mr Zuma what should be done for South Africa and in South Africa. The prayer should be that there will be a new revelation of what to do to create prosperity for all in South Africa. We do not have the answers, but God does have it. We should also pray that God would protect him. Though we do not agree that other politicians (even ANC members themselves) who disagree from him is of the devil, we do agree that protection is needed in the ANC as well. Pray that God will guide the ANC active christians to speak out against abuses in any form. We also want to pray that people will understand, accept and implement the fact that christianity is not religion that can be boxed in one compartment of your life. This prayer applies to everybody.

As christians we should also work and campaign for change. It may be the last parliamentary term under an ANC president.  We should then also pray for the new leaders of the country. We should pray for a peaceful transfer of power. Above all we should pray for repentance for the whole of the country, for everybody living here. Yes, Mr Zuma need to repent of certain things that he has done and said. He and the other parliamentarians are a reflection of the South African community. When we are ashamed of proceedings at our parliament we should remember that it is a reflection of where we are, a reflection of our society.

Lastly as christians we need to be outspoken on matters that need to be addressed. The Dutch Reformed Church is still quiet about many important social issues in the country and so are quite a number of big denominations. Tony Ehrenreich of Cosatu says more about the working and travelling and living conditions of the poor than most of the christian denominations combined. Christianity seems irrelevant with the church quiet in most instances.

To summarise: we need to pray, work and address issues in word and deed whether we have a christian or muslim president.

MEC for Co-operative Governance Nomusa Dube-Ncube and KZN Premier Willies Mchunu look on as President Jacob Zuma and TACC president and Chief Apostle, Professor Caesar Nongqunga, share a joke at the Twelve Apostle Church in Christ International thanksgiving day celebration.Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng/The Mercury

MEC for Co-operative Governance Nomusa Dube-Ncube and KZN Premier Willies Mchunu look on as President Jacob Zuma and TACC president and Chief Apostle, Professor Caesar Nongqunga, share a joke at the Twelve Apostle Church in Christ International thanksgiving day celebration.Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng/The Mercury

 

 

 

 

Four weeks to a flat stomach

Wow, what would that be like? How would you feel? Imagine that I could give you a magic wand that you could use to touch your tummy and that it would be flat. For many of us that would mean new clothes as the current clothes may then look quite baggy.

fat man on the run

in search of a flatter tummy

 

From my own experience  I know that it is possible to lose 20 pounds in 30 days (about 9kg), but that does not necessarily mean that the weight loss was in the right area. What you would want to make sure of is that the loss is around the stomach.

You may wonder, “why is it important for me to have a flatter stomach?”  There are many aspects that could influence your life span on earth. The slide below suggests that you will lose some 20 years of your possible life span if you are 30 years old with a waist to height ratio of 80%. So apart from many of the other reasons, you could live longer.

live longer

Forget about the scale for a moment and do this quick test: measure your tummy (take a measuring tape or if you do not have that handy, use a piece of rope or something similar) around the body and over the belly button. Multilpy this by two. If this is more than your height, then you need to lose around the tummy. (if you use a rope or something else to measure, check that the rope length as measured around your stomach is not twice your length – you may need someone to assist you with this).

So we have designed a brand new programme where we focus on teaching you in four weeks how to get to a flat tummy. It may not be enough time for you to get a flat stomach, but it will give you enough time to get going and to implement what you have been taught.

coaches to assist

coaches will help

How does it work? We have weekly classes of 45 minutes each where you get to learn the basics. You need to attend these four classes. During this time you will get exercise plans and meal plans that is fairly easy to follow and to do. You will be in a fun environment where you will learn with other people.

push ups will help

one of our coaches showing an easier pushup …

There will also be a four week competition where you could win a small prize. The main thing, however, is that we want to teach you to be a winner by getting the tummy in shape and in proportion.

You will pay a participation fee for the period which will differ from area to area.

Start now and feel better about yourself, have better health, look better, improve your love life and get fitter and stronger.

 

coach Hansie with friend


Coach Hansie with friend

So if you are interested, ask for more information using the contact form below.

 

 

Seven skills for success …

There are seven skills for sucess that will make you successfull in almost anything that you want to accomplish. Learning and mastering these skills will be extremely beneficial for your life and even more particular if you want to become a professional in network marketing.

1. Collector

You need to become skilled at collecting names and writing them down. Then you need to find a creative way to stay in touch with these people. If you are able to enrich that person’s life or help in any way it will make it easy when you have the opportunity one day to ask them for assitance. This applies if you are a politician or a pastor. Collect a minimum of two names a day. Over a year that will be over 700 names and that can be 30 000 names over a lifetime.

The second question that you need to ask when you have these names is … who do they know? If you ask and get this answered your list will grow much faster than two a day. You could get to your 30 000 names much faster.

2. Inviterpursuer-distancer

Just imagine you have a birthday and everything is ready – wonderful things to eat and enough to drink, but then …. you have no guests turning up!

You need to develop the skill of inviting people. Whether you invite them to your birthday party, to church or to a political rally, you must make people at least a bit curious to come. It is fine to invite people to come, it is great when you have learned the skill of inviting. How do I invite a friend and how do I invite someone that I barely know. There is a difference!

3. Presenter

Many of us are not preachers or great orators, but we all can present in one way or another. I must at least be able to share a little bit… it may be that I only say … I have found and incredible man… is He not the answer? So if I present and I point to another man or woman who will be presenting or explaining or inspiring, then I have done my work.

All the time I want to become better at presenting and explaining, but it does not keep me from presenting if I am not the guru yet.

4. Pursuer

I want to be able to follow up with a person who is considering something that I have shared. I may invite the person to go running with me. I am conscious of the fact that he has not run for a long time, but that he wants to start running again. He said that he is going to buy running shoes and that he will then be ready for his first attempt to run again. If he has expressed the desire to run, I will contact him to ask – are you ready? when are we starting?

So I want to pursue his dream with him – the dream may be to run 5km or it may be to run 100 km, but to be successful, I want to talk to him again and again until he reaches his goal. Sometimes we do not know what we want, so a 5km goal mya turn intoa 100 km goal.

business-consultant5. Consultant

A consultant is a person that will assist you to  choose a certain course of action. A consultant is never the second hand car salesman wanting to sell the car to you at all costs. You may have the heart of a consultant, but the skills of the car salesman. The secret is to learn this skill and to then assist people to get what they want or to make sure that they do not end with the result that they do not want. A consultant is a person who can give professional advice about a matter at hand. That requires certain knowledge and experience. You will not have all of this when you start, but you could build yourself to consultant level.

6. Mentorconsultants

You may have a considerable amount of knowledge and expertise and you may be able to communicate that to people, but the big secret is to transfer (at least) some of your expertise. So I could go out running with someone and caution him against going out too fast. He may be able to run a good 5km or 10km distance but if he is going to sprint for the first six minutes like you would do in a 100m race, that will not work for best performance. mentorship is being there and giving information, but also leading by example.

A mentor will assist another person to start a new project or venture correctly.

7. Promoter promoter

Finally you need to be a promoter. The promoter in certain instances may be seen as th eperson or company organising a certain event. In the sense what I am referring to as promoter here, it has to do with the active supporter or advocate of an event. The event my be a 5km run in a park or it may be the Comrades marathon that is almost 90 km. The point here is that the promoter will invite people to attend the event and at the same time he will inspire them to do everything that is necessary to make it happen. It may not be the promoter’s event, but it will be an event that he would invite people to consider to attend. Mastering this skill will lead to success in your life.

 

 

 

 

Testing lifetick software

Hansie and Anita with  Dolphins ... front cover of book

Hansie and Anita with Dolphins … front cover of book

If you are like me, you get excited about big goals. At one stage I wanted to raise R3m rand by running 160 kilometers and getting people to sponsor the run for every kilometer completed. I did not quite work out the details of the plan and in the end it did not materialise.

I have found this great software that I can use to help you reach some goals. You will find it at www.lifetick.com where you can test it for free. I have started working with the coaching module of this software where I can assist you to set some goals and to get tasks related to that goal.

So I am inviting you to test this with me for 21 working days for free. I am only working with a few volunteers at a time, so you may have to wait for your session. The beauty is that you can set any goal here. So if you are keen to do that, send me an email now here

It will take you about 15 minutes every day. You are going to set at least two goals and then start planning aroung this. If I did have this system and an accountability coach when I did set that big goal, the outcome might have been totally different.

I will guide you through the process.

As a gift and to thank you for your participation, I will send you a free copy of our book, Healthy, Wealthy and Happy.

Please let me know soonest and see to what extent this can make a difference to your life.

Phone number: (27) 081 2711 570

email: h@hansielouw.com