what went wrong?

What Went Wrong

Our lives are packed with many difficult challenges and problems. Countless doors, we try to open seem shut. Our families are on the brink of breaking up. Children don’t seem to understand the concept of respect. Our youth are struggling with sexual immorality consequently; there are numerous unwanted pregnancies, abortion rates are on a staggering high and the HIV\AIDS pandemic is claiming the lives of scores of people. Many of us are worried about the uncertainty of our future. We ask, “Will we make it?”

When we look at the world we see turmoil after turmoil. Nations are rising against Nations. Wars everywhere! The mind of man is becoming evil continually. Newspapers are full of reports of vice and its baleful effects upon houses of many families. We read of how fathers have become beasts in their homes. We read of how they abuse their wives and children. Hence now, there are programs like POWA (People Opposing Women Abuse) that help those, who have been abused domestically. This has never been heard of in our history. Or can one say it is because our mothers were silent?

There is lot of unfaithfulness between husbands and wives, thus the divorce rate is skyrocketing. The media is faithfully sowing the seeds of adultery in the minds of families and those contemplating marriage. In the day time some of our radio stations air programs about sex; further instilling the principles of unfaithfulness to the listeners.  Parents are advised not to allow their teenagers to listen to such programs. But the question I ask is, “how many parents are with their children at that time?” While many say we cannot blame the media for all the problems we see, it’s becoming more and more evident that the media is the main contributor to most of the problems our world is facing.

Pornography, regardless of where it is streamed, - on cell phones or cable channels like DSTv as some proposed, but were overthrown by a united voice of South Africans, - is eating away the moral fiber of our youth, especially teenagers. About a year or two ago, it was suggested that girls, in South Africa, can go for abortion without the consent of their parents.

Where in the world are we headed to? Where is our world going? Even nature is angry with all the wickedness that is around us. “For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.” Romans 8:22. Calamities by land and by sea are occurring in quick succession. The frequency of seismic activities and the damage thereafter cannot go unnoticed. In this year alone we have seen at least 4 major quakes:

  1. 7.0 in Haiti on January 12, 2010.
  2. 8.8 in Chile on February 27, 2010.
  3. 7.2 in Mexico on April 4, 2010.
  4. 6.9 in China on April 13, 2010.

[The Buzz Log “China Earthquake Raises Questions, Concerns” by Mike Krumboltz Apr 14, 2010]

The leading states men are struggling to solve these global problems. Nations are alarmed about global warming. The hearts of men are failing at the sight and news of crime scenes that haunt our streets. In South Africa alone, the rate of crime: daily reports of rape cases, bold robberies, theft and murder, force from the lips of many the cry, “what went wrong to our rainbow nation?”

Freedom that we have so long hoped for, that many died for, we thought had finally arrived when our Former President Nelson Mandela was released from prison in 1990. Clearly, we are not free. We are still slaves! Trapped in, by the wickedness that is abounding.  Who can our youth look up to? How can our leaders bring hope and strengthen the morals of our society?

Who should we turn to? Where should we go for solutions to these problems? How can we break these chains?

Dear reader, I want to submit to you that the solution is in Jesus Christ. The world has tried many things. We have been subjected to one form of philosophy to another. These all have failed, and will continue to fail. The book of John 1:4 says “In Him [Jesus] was life, and the life was the light of men”. The life of Jesus is the solution to the world’s problems. The life of Jesus is the solution to problems in South Africa and the world at large. The life of Jesus is the solution to problems in your family. The life of Jesus is the solution for you. It all starts with you. Without you there is no family, without you there is no country, without you there is no world. You make up the world. If there is going to be a change, it must begin with you and not another.

You need the love and the life of Jesus. You might have not believed in Jesus before or might have, but have not experienced His love and His life in you. I believe that He wants to come into your life. You might have done things in your past you now regret. You may be wondering if there are ways you can erase them from your life record. The good news I want to share with you at this moment is that, yes, there is a way. No case is beyond repair. No soul is too vile and corrupt, for Jesus to cleanse. Jesus says in John 6:37 “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him

that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out”. I want to present Jesus to you. He loves you and cares for you. He gave His life to pay the ransom for you, and also to remove the guilt from your conscience.

Did you know it takes a minority to change the world? It took one person, Moses to deliver Israel. Joseph after being sold by his own brothers, accused falsely by his Master’s wife (because he refused to have sex with her), and thrown into prison, was the one who saved Egypt from famine.

God has a plan for you. He wants to change the world, starting with those around you. But you must first come to the cross. You must first give your life to Jesus. He is willing to welcome you, and cleanse your life. He is willing to change your life and give you new friends and family. He is even willing to save your whole family. Many of us have gone our own ways, leaving in sin. We have long been slighting and grieving the Saviour. The love and the life of Jesus can help us. But we first need to come to Him. Won’t you give Jesus a chance?

Note to the Reader: The following article was written by Dumisani Mbanyele. He also writes and frequently speaks on family matters as well. To receive more of his articles you can do so by sending him a personal email at dumisani@finalherald.com. If you are currently in South Africa, and wish to invite him to be a speaker, you may do so by contacting him.