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Must we forgive FW de Klerk?

The former leader of the National Party and the last president of the apartheid-era South Africa passed away on the 11th of November 2021 aged 85. Many South Africans were left in a celebratory mood following the passing of the former Statesman. As messages of condolences were being shared on social media and news papers a lot of people felt like a party should be thrown to celebrate the passing of this man.

Why was he hated so much? One may ask. Mr FW de Klerk refused to admit and apologise for apartheid when he was still well. In fact he blatantly denied that apartheid was a crime against humanity. It seems people are still angry and they hate the man. Apartheid was responsible for a lot of deaths including those of activists like the Craddock 4, Solomon Mahlangu and Chris Hani. The last president of this regime failed to apologise for his people and he justified everything. A video of what seems to be his last days was shared on social media he "seems" like he is apologising but people do not accept his apology.

According to the bible are there certain crimes we should and should not forgive? It is by no doubt that actions of the apartheid government hurt a lot of people and destroyed families. What is forgiveness and who is eligible for our forgiveness?

Forgiveness is God's promise to not hold anything against us. Actually it is his promise to completely forgive us of all our sins as we repent and confess all those sins.

Ephesians 4:32 Be Kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

Matthew 6:12 Forgive us our sins as we also forgive those who trespass against us.

Romans 12:20 Therefore, if your enemy is hungry, feed him ; if he is thirsty give hive him drink; for in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.

The above three verses are one of the many you will find in the bible about forgiveness. They all have one pattern. We should forgive and love our enemies as the Lord has forgave us.

In this case hating on FW only has us playing his game so in my two cents opinion, We should forgive him and in that way we heap coals of fire on his head.

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