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Mikhail Dukakis, governor of Massachusetts, may have lost his presidential bid this past November, but he is determined to leave his mark on the nation. He recently signed a bill that will warm the hearts of America's statists. It prohibits new firefighters and police officers from smoking cigars and cigarettes; not just at work, but at home as well. This was reported in the January/February issue of Dr. SerVass' Saturday Evening Post. The Post went on to say this was a heroic and courageous thing for Mikhail to do.

"Jeremiah was forbidden to marry and to participate in the normal joys and sorrows of his people. These deprivations made his life a picture of the terrible fate that awaited the nation. His withdrawal from normal life was a reminder that Yahweh had withdrawn from the life of his people." - Thompson. Jeremiah lost all social and psychological security. He was cut off from all human support systems. He was alone in the world. God was his only support.

This withdrawal of God involved the withdrawal of his:
a. Peace (shallom)-the totality of well-being and the restoration of God's order.
b. Covenant devotion (hesed)-God's devotion to and loving care for his covenant people, Judah.
c. Compassion (rahamim)-mercy and patience.

Four of our articles this month were written by four of the greatest Christian giants of the Twentieth Century. Benjamin Warfield was Professor of Theology at Princeton Seminary, (1887-1921). John Murray was Professor of Theology at Westminster Seminary, (1937-1966). Jay Adams is Director of Advanced Studies at Westminster Seminary in California. And R.J. Rushdoony is the president of Chalcedon, a Christian educational organization devoted to research, publishing and to cogent communication of a distinctly Christian scholarship to the world. All four of them were/are prolific writers. I own thirteen of Warfield's books, twelve of Murray's books, twenty or so of Adams' books, and over twenty-five of Rushdoony's books.

The entire world knows that South Africa is one of the most strategic regions in the world from naval and land viewpoints. Who controls the Cape of Good Hope controls the sea route between East and West, and the South Atlantic as well. The British knew this. That is why Britain occupied the Cape in 1805, during the Napoleonic Wars.

The land importance of South Africa is based upon its enormous mineral wealth and its highly advanced mining and industrial technology. Many of the minerals in which South Africa is rich are crucial to the maintenance of America's defenses. Without these, the US might find it impossible to defend itself.

Just as the Messianic ideology of Marxism-Leninism is guiding the Soviet Union's missionary quest in southern Africa, so it is that Christianity may save the region from its ever-approaching dismal fate.

Whatever else one may think about South Africa, religious tolerance is widespread. There are no restrictions on any form of worship and all South African schools begin their day with prayer, something our "democratic" society will not permit. The vast majority of South Africans, black and white, are Christians. Eighty-five percent of the black community professes some form of Christian allegiance. Further, the majority of these worshippers could be classified as fundamentalists since they accept the literal interpretation of the Bible as God's word. Like the American experience, South Africa's has come at the expense of "mainline" churches.

It is common knowledge that the role of the church in society - particularly the role of the Dutch Reformed Church in South African society - has been the major topic of discussion in various synods of this church recently. It is no secret either that certain views adopted by its General Synod in October, 1986, have caused grave dissatisfaction among a fair number of its members. It has even led to some of them leaving the church and going their own way.

It stands to reason that it is no easy matter to address the issue of the role of the churches in South Africa today from the angle of the Dutch Reformed Church. In a large church of approximately one million members there is no single angle of approach. A great variety of views on the role of the church will be found among members and even among leading theologians of this church. In the Dutch Reformed Church we actually leave much room for differences of opinion - as long as members will stay within the boundaries set by our confessional standards - which are not at all very specific regarding this issue.

The Frontline Fellowship is one of the most magnificent and effective missionary groups I have ever encountered.

The Frontline Fellows are a group of South African and Rhodesian War Veterans, including some men still on active duty. Their mission is to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to suffering Black Christians in Angola, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Southwest Africa.

The Director of Frontline Fellowship is Peter Hammond, a handsome and articulate former Rhodesian who served in the South African Army as a combat infantryman in Southwest Africa and Angola.

Pity and sadness and horror - and an incredible sense of urgency - are normal reactions when faced with a starving child. I don't mean a hungry child. Hunger is a healthy response. The starving child feels no hunger pangs.

It does not cry either. That's a luxury enjoyed by the healthy. The starving child is past tears and cries - it has energy only for mute appeal.

Starvation means more than just pangs in the belly. It is the terrible agony of a body literally cannibalising its own tissues as it fights off death.

A few months ago, some of my fellow "clergy" in Lynchburg, Virginia, got agitated when I wrote criticizing those who supported sanctions against South Africa. I argued that those who supported the sanctions "hated the Whites more than they loved the Blacks."

Though stark, doesn't this cut through a lot of the confusion and hypocrisy that we hear concerning this dear country? My argument consisted of the fact that sanctions definitely hurt Black South Africans more than Whites, and that pro-sanction people were more in love with the idea of hurting Whites than helping Blacks.

It is of the uttermost importance properly to distinguish terms such as: religion, the service of God (Godsdiens), idolatry (afgodsdiens), culture, differentiation, decadence, civilization, stimulation, renewal, and Christian culture.