About 9 minutes into the video, P.M. Mawela, President Trans-Orange Conference says:
"I’m not very happy with the world church.
When this thing of apartheid came to South Africa,
the world church just kept quiet.
They should have said in the beginning,
‘Man, this is not the right direction we are taking.’ "
This video-taped comment was placed in the setting of a discussion of how the world church maintained an ‘apolitical stance’ regarding South Africa,
while using Romans 13 as its defense,
which begins as follows:
“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers.
For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.” verse 1
It is interesting to note that apartheid officially ended 99 years after the SDA ‘world church’ essentially rejected the best explanations of how to apply Romans 13 to Seventh–day Adventist Christianity, in 1895. So these best explanations should have been freely accessible to all SDAs, in 1948, when apartheid in South Africa began to be enforced by the SA government then in office.
One clear explanation of a Christian’s relationship to ‘government’ was made by Alonzo Jones in several lectures recorded in the official
General Conference Daily Bulletin of 1895 for all to see and to benefit from, during the ‘Sunday Law’ crisis Adventists were facing – again. At that time, ‘Protestant’ religious leaders were involving themselves in politics in order to ‘Civilize’ the cities of the U.S. Of course, Jones is still pilloried in SDA circles, I suppose by both ‘Conservatives’ and by ‘Liberals’, so-labelled.
The other clear explanation of the same relationship was given during a series of camp-meeting sermons delivered by W.W. Prescott. Here’s a link, see page 58 of the PDF:
In those sermons, Prescott surprised the people of Melbourne, Australia, by not preaching the typical SDA ‘mantra’ of ‘prophecy’ and ‘10 Commandments’.
Instead, he preached ‘Christ’.
(Those sermons were such a ‘hit’ with the SRO crowds in Australia, that Prescott wrote home to SDA headquarters in Battle Creek, asking them to print them for distribution in the U.S.A. and anywhere else they might be useful. When the SDA ‘committee’ refused to print them, Ellen compared those SDA leaders to the ‘papacy’. . . again.)
One sermon was devoted to comparing the ‘kingdom’ of that Christ with the kingdom of ‘Caesar’, using as a springboard the words of Christ,
‘Render therefore unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s,
and unto God the things that are God’s.’ Matthew 22
Prescott then clearly pointed out how alone a Christian is safe in following Paul’s teaching in Romans 13. In no way does Caesar ‘trump’ God, who is even Caesar’s ‘Higher Power’. So, only when Caesar rules and operates within his own limited sphere, and does not interfere with God’s Higher Government (‘conscience’, for instance), is Caesar to be obeyed. Otherwise, no, it is better to obey God, than man.
When the SDA church finally learns which old, ‘Liberal’ things to ‘conserve’, and which to discard – in a timely fashion – we may actually become a ‘People’ with a ‘Hope’ of finally getting out of here (Caesar’s kingdoms) and going home,