I want to look at a sensitive yet simple topic particularly in this Heritage month as we celebrate it in South Africa. I’m saying this because I have heard people proclaiming that they are not even concerned about where they come from, and they have no history, what they know is that they are living in Christ. For me as a Child of God myself I encourage to have Christ supreme of everything, because our God is Love and we need to allow Him in our heart to live within us on daily basis.
If you look at the book of Matthew, the very first chapter it talks about the genealogy of Jesus Christ, from Abraham to David to a point people of Israel they were exiled to Babylon and to Joseph the earthly father of Jesus Christ. That was very important to be narrated so we can see the fulfillment of God’s promise that through Abraham’s generation will have the Messiah. If that was not clearly outlined it was going to leave God’s promise open for people who would have denied that.
Now back to the heritage day, in South Africa is a day in which the founder of Zulu nation king Shaka kaSenzangakhona was assassinated. He was significant to our country because of his capabilities of forming the internationally recognised Zulu Kingdom. So he is a person who contributed to our identity as Zulu’s and South Africans. Now that has become part of our Heritage, how the nation was formed and who was involved and the strategies that was employed at the time. Just like I’m a Gumede it is very significant for me to know which people who played the role within our big Gumede clan, who were heroes and heroines at the time. Just like it is illustrated in the Holy bible in book of Matthew. So that will give me a right to say I’m a Gumede for the Zulu nation in South African and I fear God.
God Himself has encouraged the church to praise Him in different ways according to the ways in which as a nation celebrates. That is why you can dance the way Zulus dances, Xhosa’s, Venda’s ext. That dance and instruments is our heritage, now that can be used in praising the Creator. If you do that, you will do at the best of your ability because you are doing what you know best as member of that particular nation. All is welcomed as long as it is directed in serving the Living God, if fact He made use to be diverse like this so we can praise him in different ways. If we don’t use our heritage for God we are in danger of not gaining people of different nations for God. They will fear that to be the Child of God requires you to forget who you are and start to be this person from space. As most believers will know that we are not of this world, but we live in it. So the strong connection with our head office which is in Heaven is supreme because without it our life is worthless.
People often confuse heritage and culture, once you pay less attention of the two you are bound to make and uninformed conclusion. Culture is small part of heritage and if you look at in in conjunction with Christianity that is the topic for another day maybe. What I’m emphasizing to people, don’t be afraid to take pride of your heritage and you can even go further use it to praise God.
By: Musa Gumede