The righteous but cursedly wrong gospel according to Mogoeng

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The righteous but cursedly wrong gospel according to Mogoeng

Listening to his view on Israel, he clearly believes the geopolitical set-up of 2,000 years ago is still intact

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When chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng expressed his deep loyalty to Israel in a Jerusalem Post webinar last week, it was inevitable that the fallout would be swift and acrimonious. But as the controversy ripples outwards, few pundits are asking a question I’m dying to have answered: what, exactly, is it like to be Mogoeng Mogoeng in the year 2020?

In his explanation of why he is such a fan of Israel, Mogoeng cited Genesis 12, which, he paraphrased, “says to me as a Christian, if I curse Abraham and Israel, the Almighty God will curse me, too. So I am under an obligation as a Christian to love Israel ... I cannot, as a Christian, do anything other than love and pray for Israel because I know hatred for Israel by me and my nation can only attract unprecedented curse upon our nation.”

Well gosh. I mean ... but ... wait ... What? Did our chief justice really suggest basing foreign policy on how likely it is to get modern SA cursed by a Middle Eastern god from 3,000 years ago? And what does that sliding scale look like? If hating Israel gets you a proper smiting from the murderous god of the Old Testament, what happens if you just send a polite but firm diplomatic cable to Tel Aviv, asking them to stop annexing other people’s property? Is that like 50 locusts and faintly pink rivers for a day or two, or are we talking the full Egyptian package? ..

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