Inspiring Invictus

There have been some memorable sporting moments that I have witnessed and thought that not even some of Hollywood’s best script writers could have thought up.  Greece winning Euro 2004 after beating hosts and massive favourites Portugal in the final, Liverpool coming from 3-0 down at half time to lift the Champions League trophy in 2005 … but nothing comes close to the story behind Invictus.

It’s hard to believe that it only happened 15 years ago and even then that there was such a gulf between the middle-class white and lower-class black children and how one man ended the racist apartheid regime that had divided their country for 46 years.

Nelson Mandela is a hugely influential world figure but some people still look at him as just another criminal.  I think it’s fair to say that we all have a past and some things that we’ve done we are far from proud of … but would we be capable of such forgiveness as he was … to forgive a nation of people who imprisoned him for 27 years … to dedicate himself to a cause of unifying his country so much that he risked death … to humble himself so much that he walked out on to the pitch at the final of the1995 rugby World Cup at Ellis Park Stadium wearing a Springbok jersey (The Springbok name was always associated with the white community.)

A truly remarkable man … with a truly remarkable story.

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.  Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.  Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Ephesians 4 29-32


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