It only takes a brief survey of news sources is enough to show that our world is in a mess, to put it mildly. Political agendas, personal desires and worldly viewpoints make improving human relationships an uphill battle, to say the least!
I'm far from being a political expert. And this is not a political statement. But let me point out that meaningful and lasting change in the human arena is possible only through the will and way of God. "Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain" (Psalm 1:27:1).
God cares about what happens in the lives of those he has created and is active in the events that take place. To what degree we may not know. But he has ordained that governments exist and wants men to use the power he has given them in just and merciful ways (Romans 13). The abuse of this God-given power is massive, but he still wants men to Jive in peace and harmony.
Whether we want to admit it or not, it is our sinful passions that lead to conflict among people. Even though the context is slightly different, the point of James 4:1 is the same: "What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you?" Every human act of injustice, hatred and abuse is a case of sin and rebellion against God, inspired by Satan. Literally, "the devil makes us do it!"
Well, a lot of the time, he only needs to make suggestions! Those who followed the desires of Adolph Hitler (some of whom were just as cruel and inhumane as he) were responsible for their duplicity in the torture and murder of millions prior to and during WWII.
But it was Hitler who inspired and led them, from a human standpoint. And it was Satan who led and inspired them from a supernatural standpoint.
In his wisdom God knew that a redemptive act would be necessary to rescue men from sin and its destructive consequences.
The only way men can "get along" on a significant and enduring basis is through Jesus Christ. In going to the cross, "His purpose was to make the two groups of people [Jews and Gentiles] become one new people in him and in this way make peace ....to end the hatred between the two groups, to make them into one body, and to bring them back to God" (Ephesians 2:15-16, New Century Version).
This divine purpose applies to every human situation where hostility exists, including South Africa.
God knew, sadly, that not all — in fact, relatively few — would accept his way of redemption and reconciliation. And so, war will continue. Murder will persist. Injustice will still be the order of the day.
But when men turn to God instead of turning on one another, real change can be accomplished. It will be one at a time, a man and his neighbor, a Christian and his brother, a husband and his wife, a parent and a child. It may come slowly. But it can be done...in Jesus Christ.