The culture of the ‘I’ against the ‘WE’ in South Africa was identified by the former President, Nelson Mandela, when it was still at its ‘infant’ stages. In an endeavour to curb it, he established the Moral Regeneration Movement. A movement, which was officially launched by the current President, on the 30 of November 2004. It is so unfortunate that during his tenure of office the Country has been engulfed by the culture of the ‘I’ against the ‘WE’.
As a believer, the story of King Herod (Matthew 2:16-18), always reminds me of the potential our EGO’s have to destroy what God has created. Such a conviction is only possible when the Bible, which is a story of long ago becomes your story (Thomas Keiting: The Mystery of Christ). Such a conviction is ONLY possible, when the conversation of Nicodemus with Jesus becomes my story (John 3:1-16). When the Bible, which is the story of long ago becomes my story; the Bible has the POWER to inform; conform; transform; and move me. When the Bible – which is the story of long ago becomes my story – one cannot remain the same as if one has not been influenced and touched by the Word of God. But, when the story of long ago has not become ones story – one would fail to learn from the story of King Herod. Like King Herod, one would be consumed by the culture of the ‘I’ against the ‘WE’.
It is crystal clear that this new culture is destroying what we have all fought and diligently worked for. Also, this new culture is making mockery of the sacrifices made by the sons and daughters of South Africa.
Is there hope for us to be freed from this new culture? Yes, there is hope! It must begin with me. I must take a conscious decision not to put the ‘I’ against the ‘WE’. The former President, Thabo Mbeki demonstrated to the Nation on the 28th of September 2008 that it is still possible to put the Nation/We before the ‘I’.