I want to mark a beautiful event. Yesterday (7 October 2010) Desmond Tutu retired from public life. It was his 79th birthday, and he is now embarking on a world cruise with his wife – how precious and well deserved. But can such a voice for justice really retire? Time will tell, but with this post I encourage you to remember in your silent prayer this lovely man and the great joy he brings to this world. To go with your meditations here are a few quotes of his which resonate with me:
“Be nice to the whites, they need you to rediscover their humanity”!
“My humanity is bound up in yours for we can only be human together.”
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor”.
“When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said “Let us pray.” We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.”
“There’s nothing more radical, nothing more revolutionary, nothing more subversive against injustice and oppression than the Bible. If you want to keep people subjugated, the last thing you place in their hands is a Bible.”
“We may be surprised at the people we find in heaven. God has a soft spot for sinners. His standards are quite low”!