The second Issue of the Many to Many had the distinction of three editorials, all by Gideon. Why that happened, I can only guess. I imagine that he sent off the first one, changed his mind, wrote another, and, as publication was delayed (it usually is), he wrote a third. The people putting the M2M together could not choose between them, and so judiciously published all three

 

STEPPING OUT UNDER HIS LORDSHIP!

Gideon Strauss

September 1992

Greetings from Bloemfontein in the springtime! The air is velvet, inviting us out for evening walks. But it is not only springtime seasonally - the Christian Wor1dview Network is also experiencing new growth, the blossoming of projects and efforts which we may trust will bear redemptive fruit in the years to come.

Our national conference at Stellenbosch was a true success. Okay, so the cafeteria food may on occasion have been lousy, and every individual need may not have been met, but seeds of vision were planted which are already bearing fruit around the country. We were reminded again that Jesus truly is Lord of all of life, and that we bear the serious and joyous responsibility of confessing and proclaiming his Lordship in this continent through our scholarship and cultural activism. As Friends First sang some years ago, (...in the light of the Lord...) we do see a New Africa. In fellowship with networkers from all over South Africa, we were reminded also of our interdependence: on the King and on our fellow citizens in his kingdom. Christian service is never a Lone Ranger affair. We need every single point of light in our network. AS Craig Bartholomew in the first issue of this M2M, the Christian Worldview Network is directed by a Christian vision that is comprehensive, communal, and contextual.

We have certainly seen great advances in the groundswell of vision out of which this network has emerged. This is again reflected in the great variety of contributions to this bumper issue M2M. I am encouraged by the faithfulness of God and the blessings he has bestowed upon us as we gratefully respond to his Word, and I hope that you will be similarly encouraged. Encouraged also to take up your responsibilities in the Kingdom.

With this in mind I want to encourage you to deepen your understanding of an integrally Christian worldview through careful study and serious reflection in the light of the Scriptures. During his recent visit to South Africa, Egbert Schuurman of the Netherlands pointed out to me again the danger inherent in taking a headlong dive into Christian activism in any area without sensible reflection. If we do not measure our actions against Biblical Revelation, if we do not pay attention to the accumulated experience of reformational Christians through the ages and all over the planet, we are in very real danger of being thrown around by every faddy new wave, eventually being thrown onto the beach of historical irrelevance to dry up like backboneless jellyfish...

M2M Issue 2 1992 p.1

 

In the Heart of the Nation, Something Stirs...

Gideon Strauss

I come to you from the judicial capitol of the nation, and I bring good news. In the very heartland, in the sleepiest city in the Republic, in the domain of the safari suit and the konsertina, something stirs... Not for nothing were both the National Party and the African National Congress founded in Bloemfontein. This fountain site indeed waters new blossoms, time and again.

Driving back from the Stellenbosch conference, testimonies abounded. Revelation, like a shaft of light in a cathedral, seems to have hit these kids. A Christian Worldview! Outrageous! Liberation! (Never mind that a faithful community of philosophers have been doggedly trying to slam this stuff into their brains for umpteen years...) Unfortunately the exhaust of the bus broke, limiting conversation by droning like the engines of a bomber pilot. But, tired as we were when we droned into the Home of the Glass Palace (in the early morning hours, with all the sidewalks long since neatly rolled up and tucked away for another day), the residual enthusiasm was still palpable.

Since then, I have discovered that we sit with a bunch of really cool kids here at Kovsie. (Nickname of the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein - Ed) If they were any cooler, they would be frozen. (With apologies to Leith: this gives new meaning to the term "frozen chosen". Maybe we could call the first reformational rock band TheCalvinators.) Initiatives abound: our arts group seems ready to explode with new life and direction, a political discussion group is meeting every two weeks, a regional conference (hopefully roping in the Doppers from Potch. too) is due for October, and our budding journalists are set on wiping the official campus newspaper off the face of the earth with a truly radical alternative. If the dynamic continues, we’ll have to install an Actionline answering service with 24-hour updates to keep everyone informed.


To co-ordinate all this, we have "elected" a Bloem. committee, consisting of the following "volunteers": Anne-Marie Visser (co-ordinator), Benjamin J. van Rensburg, Diana Fourie, Phia Steyn, and Francois Strydom, A luta continua!

M2M Issue 2 1992 p.2

 

EDITORIAL

OCTOBER 1992

Gideon Strauss

Greetings from Bloemfontein in the springtime! The air 15 velvet, inviting us out for evening walks. But it is not only springtime seasonally - the Christian Worldview Network is also

expenencing new growth, the blossoming of projects and efforts which we trust will produce redemptive fruits in the years to come.

Our national conference at Stellenbosch was a true success. Okay, so the cafeteria food may on occasion have been lousy, and every individual need may not have been met - but seeds of vision were planted which are already bearing fruit around the country. We were reminded again that Jesus truly is Lord of all of life, and that we bear the serious and JOYOUS responsibility of confessing and proclaiming his Lordship in this continent through our scholarship and cultural activism. As Friends First sang some years ago, (in the light of the Lord…) we do see a New Africa. In fellowship with networkers from all over South Africa, we were reminded also of our interdependence: on the King and on our fellow citizens in his kingdom. Christian service is

never a Lone Ranger affair. We need every single point of light in our network. As Craig Bartholomew wrote in the first issue of this M2M, the Christian Worldview Network is directed by a Christian vision that is comprehensive, communal and contextual.

We have certainly seen great advances in the groundswell of vision out of which this network has emerged. This is again reflected in the great variety of contributions to this bumper issue of M2M. I am encouraged by the faithfulness of God and the blessings he has bestowed upon us as we gratefully respond to his Word, and I hope that you will be similarly encouraged. Encouraged also to take up your responsibilities in the Kingdom.

With this in mind I want to encourage you to deepen your understanding of an integrally Christian worldview through careful study and serious reflection in the light of the Scriptures. In a discussion with Egbert Schuurman of the Netherlands during his recent visit to South Africa, he pointed out to me again the danger inherent in taking a headlong dive into Christian activism in any area without responsible reflection. If we do not measure our actions against Biblical revelation, if we do not pay attention to the accumulated experience of reformational Christians through the ages and all over the planet, we are in very real danger of being thrown around by every faddy new wave, eventually being thrown onto the beach of historical irrelevance to dry up like boneless jellyfish.

If this network is to proclaim the Lordship of Jesus to any effect we need to go about it in a considered and thorough manner:

First of all we need to be subject To the guiodance of the Holy Spirit, particularly the careful study of the full counsel of the Scriptures. Neglect, both personally and communally, of the obedient and attentive readingansd teaching of Scriptural truth lies at the rooot of the loss of biblical Christianity in South Africa.

Secondly, we need to dig into the treasury of available reformation literature,. There’s a lot of stuff available in English, but at least some of us will have to take up our cross and learn to read Dutch! If you don’t have a notion of where to start, get hold of Al Wolters’ Creation Regained. It remains the best introduction available. And get hold of the Your Kingdom Come Reading Course compiled by Craig Bartholomew.

Thirdly, we need to remain in contact with each another - and that is what this M2M is all about.

Out of careful communal reflection in the light of Scripture we can develop a practice of solid lasting cultural activism - and see Africa as ever reforming towards the kingdom!

If we are to engage seriously in the reformation of Africa, we will need access to resources far beyond those currently available to us. May we use what we have prudently and stewardly in the service of the King! May the good news of the kingdom be heard in Africa - also through us.

 

Prof. Schuurman is an engineer and philosopher within the reformational Christian tradition who has written extensively on technical and environmental issues, and who represents an integrally Christian political party in the Dutch parliament.

M2M Issue 2 1992, insert between p.2 and p.3

 

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