Desmond Tutu is a landmark figure in South African history who played a crucial role in the battle against apartheid. An exhibit at the Apartheid Museum traces his life and the tension between churches, including his own, and apartheid in South Africa.
Desmond Tutu Truth To Power Exhibit At Apartheid Museum, Johannesburg
During apartheid, some churches were complicit in advancing that system of government while others fought against it. An exhibit at the George Bizos Gallery in the Apartheid Museum traces this path. For people of faith like me, it is always appropriate to wrestle with how the Christian faith, and those who espouse it, answer critical questions in life, the issue of apartheid being a huge one.
Give yourself about an hour for this exhibit.
On a personal note, Tutu said something in 2013 that I have never been able to reconcile:
“I would not worship a God who is homophobic and that is how deeply I feel about this. I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven. No, I would say sorry, I mean I would much rather go to the other place. I am as passionate about this campaign as I ever was about apartheid.”
I do not think God is homophobic.
At the same time, if there is a God, God is God. “But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, ‘Why have you made me like this?'” (Romans 9:20)
I see a logical disconnect in trying to distinguish the reality of God and whether you worship that God. If you are convinced that God is real, how can you do anything but worship that God? If God made you, sustains you, and does the same for everything around you, how can you make a claim against that God?
But I digress…
I greatly respect the perseverance and love that Tutu showed over the decades in his fight for racial justice in South Africa. His smile was infectious and he loved his enemies better than I know how. His death was a great loss for the world.
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Have you seen the Desmond Tutu exhibit at the Apartheid Museum? What did you think?
I was at this museum like three weeks ago, I seem to remember a sign saying no photos…
I didn’t see one.
Matthew, it’s in the George Bizos gallery, not Bezos. Bizos was Mandela’s lawyer and long time anti apartheid activist.
You’re right. It was auto-correct.
South Africa was the safest country in Africa, leader in science, and one of the beacons for the world before apartheid ended. It is now a rape capital with food shortages because White farmers are and have been systematically killed and forced out. South Africa can basically be summed up as Dutch and British building advanced civilization in an empty land and years later outsiders who had absolutely nothing to do with building it or maintaining moved in and demanded to dictate what goes on. We see the results.
Celebrating or commemorating the end of freedom and self determination for those who built something to be replaced with enslavement by those who didn’t is not right. Majority rules democracy is not freedom nor just. Imagine building a travel blog and readers pool together and demand control of your blog just because they are the majority. You wouldn’t find that fair. That’s what the end of apartheid did.
Amy Fisher went against her Christian principles and got a gender reassignment it seems, because this guy’s posting all over the travel blogs with the same white/Christian/heterosexual persecution complex.
Yeah, let’s just keep this electoral college thing that is an artifact of slavery intact to keep the masses down. The South Shall rise again.