In the gap for Judge Zondo

by Gavin  

In the gap for Judge Zondo

Is there a case to be made for fervent prayer for Deputy Chief Justice Zondo?  In fact, is there a case to be made to stand in the gap (biblical language for what we call intercessory prayer!) for our entire judicial system in South Africa, from Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng down to the lowliest State Prosecutor?  And to include in that the NPA and SAPS and IPID etc?


Just had a thought this morning (unusual as that may be!) that God’s justice is effected through human (and even secular) judicial structures.  While we know that infinite and perfect justice will be effected when Christ returns and judges the living and the dead at the end of time as we know it, there is a rightful sense to pray imprecatory prayer for God’s justice to be realised in the here and now as well.


Due to our current sermon series in Proverbs 1-9, I am also reading more broadly through the book.  A few thoughts from chapter 29 jumped out at me this earlier…


“When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan.” (Proverbs 29:2, ESV)


“An evil man is ensnared in his transgression, but a righteous man sings and rejoices.” (Proverbs 29:6, ESV)


“If a ruler listens to falsehood, all his officials will be wicked.” (Proverbs 29:12, ESV)


“When the wicked increase, transgression increases, but the righteous will look upon their downfall.” (Proverbs 29:16, ESV)


Hmmm…??? While these inspired words are millennia old, this could have been written this morning in South Africa.  Is our nation, on the whole, not groaning due to the rampant corruption, blatant evil and seeming imperviousness of many in positions of authority?  Transgression increases.  The civic structures are deeply compromised.  Indeed, many things are turned upside down and right is prosecuted, and wrong is rewarded:

“An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous, but one whose way is straight is an abomination to the wicked.” (Proverbs 29:27, ESV)


Therefore, instead of grumbling and complaining, should believers in Christ not petition God to step in, expose the rot, ensure prosecutions result and restrain the unchecked tide of arrogant, impudent, unashamed self-gratification? 


And so stand in the gap for Zondo and the various Commissions and other structures, to be agents of the divine justice to be effected through their investigations and hopefully prosecutions?


Even so, we realise even that will be imperfect, but we cling to the glorious reality that Christ is coming to make it all right eternally…


“Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.” (Revelation 19:11–16, ESV)


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