Psalms 13 Imperialism

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good example of how it is important to not forget the past, but South Africa is a different society or at least it is trying to be. I had a discussion with a few of my classmates and somebody suggested that the Rhodes statue should not have been taken down, but a plaque placed on the statue. I thought that was an interesting comment and I am still wondering what happened to the statue that was taken down. I believe I read on the Mail and Guardian how there was another Cecil Rhodes statue near a government building and how it was replaced by Nelson Mandela after his death. I am not sure what the best solution is, but I am glad the college students at UCT were able to do something about the Cecil Rhodes statue because of the imperialism it represented. …show more content…
I thought the psalms that were selected to discuss tied in well with the theme of justice and reconciliation. Psalms 13 when it states, “Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?” This Psalms is a prayer and someone asking God for answers. There is pain and wanting guidance is something I think is natural through hardships in life. The apartheid obvious created pain and challenges for non-whites. Later on in the Psalms it describes wanting healing and finding salvation in God. In Psalms 35 says, “Fight against those who fight against me… Let ruin come on them unawares… Rescue me from their ravages.” In other words, the text is saying how a person is falsely accused. Then, the question of why God never replies or seems to answer a person’s prayer. Denise Ackermann’s article, “The Language of Lament,” ties in with well with what Psalms 13 and 35 are explaining. According to Ackermann, “It is a desire for vengeance, forgiveness, and healing that beats against the heart of God.” So, God is multifaceted like human beings, with mixed emotions and confusion, like in Psalms 13, which is looking for answers. Also when Ackermann says, “We do not need to use language that masks suffering because we imagine that God is too fragile to cope with our painful realities. Complaint and lament, assurance and

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