Why a March?
A demonstration or street protest is action by a mass group or collection of groups of people in favour of a political or other cause, it normally consists of walking in a mass march formation and either beginning with or meeting at a designated endpoint, or rally to hear speakers. Demonstrations can be used to show a viewpoint regarding a public issue, especially relating to a perceived grievance or social injustice and can be violent or non-violent. Sometimes the date or location chosen for demonstration is of historical or cultural significance, such as the anniversary of some event that is relevant to the topic of the demonstration.
SA has been dubbed “the protest capital of the world”, with one of the highest rates of public protests in the world. It is often argued that the rate of protests has been escalating since 2004. During the 2004/5 financial year about 6,000 protests were officially recorded, and about 1,000 protests were illegally banned.
Since 2008 more than a million people have taken to the streets in protests every year. In 2013 it was reported that there have been as many as 3,000 protests in the last four years. Protests continue and some analysts reports take the view that protests become increasingly radical. Some commentators have concluded that a large majority of South Africans feel that connectional mechanisms of engaging the state is failing, and alternatives may be more effective. The question here to ask is whether the church as “a corporate body”, cannot step up in a mass protest action in SA and peacefully, but boldly proclaim the kingdom gospel of righteousness, peace and joy – commodities which is so desperately needed at this point and time in SA – not just an alternative, but substantially as the only solution for our existing situation
Arise Church! It’s time for a kingdom display! Therefor prepare your mind for action!1 Pet 1:13