The strength of the anti-apartheid movement owed much to the late Nelson Mandela, the Evangelical Alliance has said.
In a statement following the former South African leader’s death in December, Steve Clifford, general director of the Alliance, said that Mr Mandela was an example to the world — and the church — of the equality, dignity and unity of all people and a reminder of the importance of speaking truth to power.
Mr Clifford said, ‘As evangelical Christians, we believe that all are equal in the sight of God, that Jesus is good news for all members of all societies, everywhere’.
Despite his imprisonment for his controversial fight for freedom in the early years, Dr Dave Landrum, director of advocacy at the Alliance, said that Mr Mandela stood out among world politicians, because, although he suffered greatly, he never forgot mercy.
He said, ‘With his political leadership characterised by humility, dignity and integrity, he has left a legacy to the Republic of South Africa of reconciliation and hope for a better future. Mr Mandela reminds us all of our obligation to speak truth to power and to demand government for the good of all’.