South Africa must surely be one of the world’s most extraordinary enigmas–a rugged country with sun-blessed mountains and oceans, predictably good weather, and happily diverse inhabitants. People exercise out of doors, and everyone plays sports.
It’s also a nation characterized by political wrongdoing, city crime, AIDS, abuse of women, and joblessness. The contrasts are sharp and disturbing. Disease and robust health. Fear and smiling hospitality.
Yet, South Africans are demonstrating that good health is much more than exercise in the sun and a daily plunge in the ocean. It begins with hope secured by interaction with God, a readiness to trust the Divine in every aspect of daily life, and an unselfish concern to place others’ needs ahead of one’s own. This “enigma” has many variations, but its God-fearing people have much to show and even teach the rest of the world. Continue reading