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Transformation in South Africa and the Kingdom of God

Nico Vorster
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 62, No 2 | a357 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v62i2.357 | © 2006 Nico Vorster | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 14 September 2006 | Published: 17 September 2006

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Nico Vorster, Northwest University, South Africa

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Abstract

The concept of transformation is currently ill defined and often abused for political and ideological ends. This article attempts to provide a sound value base for the concept of transformation from the perspective of the Kingdom of God and to evaluate the current process from this perspective. The task of Christians is to obey the cosmic reign of Christ by disarming the oppressive powers of this world, and by serving the interests of the poor. In the South African context, this means that Christians must engage in the transformation process in order to establish a more just society. However, Christians can only fulfil their calling if they are spiritually transformed themselves. White Christians must realize that the Apartheid system was unjust and that transformation is necessary because the social and economic inequalities in South Africa are systemic in nature. Black Christians must refrain from abusing the transformation process for personal gain. Christians should participate in the transformation process in a critical manner, knowing that old ideologies can easily be replaced by new ideologies, and knowing that the only true Kingdom of Justice will be established by Godself in the coming dispensation.

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