Chaos on Campus
Tuesday, 16 February 2016: Mayhem ensued at the University of Cape Town yesterday, when priceless oil on canvas, historic paintings were ripped from the walls of residences and halls and burned in front of the Jameson Hall. At the University of Cape Town Non-students attending extra-mural activities on campus last night were threatened and sworn at. The office of UCT vice chancellor Max Price was burned and a student shuttle bus was burned outside Tugwell residence. Massive traffic congestion has been caused by UCT students interfering with M3 traffic flow this week.
Rioters say that the protests are against what they claim was a lack of access to on-campus residence accommodation for students from poorer backgrounds.
Thankfully, so far no-one has been reported injured. In a statement on Tuesday evening, the institution said it would lay criminal charges against students involved in the protest.
The eight students arrested on Tuesday evening were due to appear in the Wynberg Magistrate's Court on Wednesday morning on charges of public violence and malicious damage to property.
Price said in the statement that the protest action escalated when student protesters seemingly under the #RhodesMustFall banner, reacted violently to the institution's request to move their protest shack, which is blocking traffic. He said students invaded residencies and kitchens, burning property.
According to some pictures and videos circulating on Twitter and Instagram, there was a large police presence on the campus before crowds dispersed. Public Order Policing unit clashed with students and police fired stun grenades. Several students were arrested during the clash.
See photos on the Africa Christian Action Facebook page.
Why the Chaos?
From the Rhodes Must Fall campaign to the Queer Revolution’s vitriolic attacks on SRC leader Zizipho Pae, to the Fees Must Fall protests, and now the riots and destruction of property at UCT yesterday, the university campuses of the country are in turmoil. Many are asking why, how did our campuses become such hotbeds of violence, chaos and anti-God ideologies?
The answer seems clear. When people reject the God of the Word, and the Word of God as the only foundation for civilisation, and the one true God who is rational, Holy, Just, loving and the Prince of Peace, then chaos, violence and destruction ensues.
The Reformer, Dr. Martin Luther, warned in the 16th Century: “I am much afraid that schools will prove to be wide gates to hell, unless they diligently labour in explaining the Holy Scriptures, engraving them in the hearts of the youth. I would advise no one to place his child where the Scriptures do not reign paramount. Every institution in which men are not constantly occupied with the Word of God must become corrupt.”
The government schools and tertiary institutions have evidently failed to diligently explain the Holy Scriptures and engrave them on the hearts of youth. They have therefore become corrupt and have proved to be wide gates to hell. The sandy foundation on which they are built is beginning to collapse in the storms of greed, envy, violence, theft, rebellion, sexual immorality and hatred for God and their neighbour.
“The violence of the wicked will drag them away, for they refuse to do what is right.” Proverbs 21:7
“Do not envy the wicked, do not desire their company; for their hearts plot violence, and their lips talk about making trouble. By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.” Proverbs 24:1-4
Outreaches at UCT
In the midst of this war of worldviews, we have conducted seven different outreaches In the last two weeks at UCT (continuing the weekly outreaches from last year), we have been preaching the Gospel, engaging in on-on-one evangelism and distributing Gospel tracts and New Testaments. We also distributed New Testaments, Christian Action magazines and Evangelism Training Boxsets to eight different Christian student societies at UCT. Only the Gospel has the power to make sinners new creatures – transforming hearts and minds.
“Tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, His power and the wonders He has done…so that the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn will tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget His deeds but would keep His commands. They would not be…stubborn and rebellious…whose hearts were not loyal to God, whose spirits were not faithful to Him.” Psalm 78:4-8
High school and university campuses of our continent need not be the cesspools of immorality, rebellion and the hotbed of anti-Christian worldviews that they are today. By God’s grace, they can be reclaimed for Christ. To do this we need to effectively disciple children in a Biblical worldview.
Battle for the Minds and the Hearts
This really is a battle for the minds and the hearts. Most of our schools have been turned into indoctrination and brainwashing centres for the New World Order. It is vital that we expose the disinformation of the secular humanists and refocus our children on true Christian heroes. For this reason we have written a number of history books including Victorious Christians – Who Changed the World, The Greatest Century of Missions, and The Greatest Century of Reformation. You will find numerous uplifting examples of excellence on our www.ReformationSA.org and also if you are on social media on the Reformation500 Facebook page.
Resources to Change Your Campus for Christ
We have a number of great films, books and resources that you can use to counter the indoctrination your child may be facing at school.
Speakers and Seminars Available
We can also conduct Evangelism Workshops, Answering Skeptics Seminars or Biblical Worldview Seminars at your church or youth group.
“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.” Colossians 2:8
Africa Christian Action
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Tel: 021-689 4481