Open letter to South Africa’s students‚ universities and government‚ represented by Minister in the .
It is said that whatever is said between man and his God is nobody else's business. I thought I would never have to raise this issue again, but watching one Osborne Machimane celebrate his lousy win over ex-world champ Corrie Sanders last weekend prompts me to revisit the subject.
Not many will agree that Machimane is anything like Mike Tyson. The "punch" that floored 42-year-old groggy Sanders looked very much like a friendly tap to the midriff. I know quite a few retired ou toppies and some arthritis-ridden old ladies who could have survived the alleged punch.
Be that as it may, Machimane later told a TV interviewer what turns me off many sports people: ". I want to thank God for all the people who prayed for me, blah bloody blah".
To start proclaiming sports victories are the work of God is to devalue what many of us have been taught the Almighty is all about.
No, Mr Machimane. God does not give a damn about your victory. For your information, He loves Sanders just as much as He loves you. Don't start thinking you are His special child because you get a victory here and there.
If we go by Machimane's logic - or the over-praying Nassif Morris of Bafana Bafana infamy, he who goes down on his knees umpteen times as he did during our not so illustrious sojourn at the Cup of Nations, that all he says is something like: "God, I thank you for this opportunity. I will do my best . Amen."
God does not give a damn who wins when His children are at play. He loves them all - just like we claim to love all our children.
I shall repeat my age-old analogy of the situation in case Messrs Chimane and Morris and their kindred spirits get to read this - when your children play, and one of them comes to you and pleads for assistance to beat their sibling, what would you do?
A good parent - and I believe God is the ultimate parent - would say: "My child[ren], those who have worked harder will be rewarded for the sweat of their brow. I shall not take sides in this. Do your best, and remember this: never ever [repeat ever] come back to me asking for special favours. I love your other sisters and brothers just as much as I love you. Now go away and be wise."
You need to be an evil parent to decide: "Okay baby, because you came to me in secret [and prayer is secret] today I am going to give you all the answers and see to it that you beat the other children."
Let's get this clear once and for all: people win games because they are better prepared and execute game plans better than their opponents. Finish en klaar.
If prayer had anything to do with it, God would have helped guide Nassif's misguided foot against passing an Angolan striker the ball for him to ram in a goal against Bafana Bafana. He is capable of that. It is just that He was not interested.