What Needs to be Done?
The task is great and the workers are few ‑ nobody can do everything, but we can all do something, and what we can do we must do, and what we must do we will do by the grace of God who gave us our life, talents, gifts and opportunities. Here are some suggestions:
STUDY THE BIBLE both personally and in a group of like‑minded believers. The objective truth of God's Word must be the inspiration and solid foundation for all our actions. Until we know God's Word we can be easily misled and deceived.
PRAY for our country, for parents, pastors, teachers and government officials. Constantly remind your church and prayer group of the urgent needs and Biblical issues for prayer and action. Pray through the Psalms.
BE INFORMED about the reality of what is going on in our world and in our churches today. Subscribe to E-updates and publications, and like the Facebook pages of ministries such as:
WRITE to your local newspaper, favourite magazine, Member of Parliament and others on the basis of the information we provide you with. Speak out against anti‑Christian, anti‑life, anti‑family, immoral or inaccurate articles or statements.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR EMAIL ADDRESSES (please check the address in your local newspaper Letters section as these change regularly):
Remember ‑ when writing letters to the editor ‑ be brief, accurate, specific and polite, but firm on topical and relevant issues. Always remember to include your name, address, phone number and signature.
SPEAK UP at home, school, work, church and university - for God, for righteousness and for Biblical principles. Oppose secular humanism, fight against evolutionism, abortion, pornography and other evils. Promote and distribute Make a Difference! A Christian Action Handbook for Southern Africa, The Pink Agenda: Sexual Revolution in South Africa and the Ruin of the Family, Reformation 500 FIRE Manual, and Biblical Principles for Africa (also available in Afrikaans and French) books. Audio-visual resources include: Christian Action 6 disk Audio CD Boxset, Salt and Light MP3s, Biblical Worldview Summit MP3s and the South Africa for Christ MP3 Disk.
SOME KEY ADDRESSES:
For any objections to Radio or TV programmes contact the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa:
For objections to advertisements contact the Advertising Standards Authority:
How does one lodge a complaint with the Film and Publications Board?
There are no special forms for the lodging of complaints about a film, video, DVD or computer game. All it takes is a letter either mailed, faxed or e-mailed to the Chief Executive Officer of the Board. It is important, if you want the FPB to follow up any complaint, to give as much information as possible. The following information is especially required:
- the title of the film or video or DVD or computer game
- the name of the cinema or theatre where the film was seen; or the name of the video outlet or retailer where the video, DVD or computer game was rented/bought
- the date and time of the exhibition in the case of a cinema or theatre, or the date of the rental or purchase of the video, DVD or computer game
- a brief summary of the complaint
In the case of a complaint about a publication, a special form is available. An original copy or scan of the publication must be submitted with the complaint. If it is not practical to submit an original copy, the full address of the place where the publication may be examined by the FPB should be specified.
For government departments go to: www.info.gov.za/aboutgovt/contacts/dept.htm
For Municipality Contacts look in your local phone book or go to:
Contact details change regularly, so if the above contact details are no longer correct, try doing a search on www.google.co.za or call Enquiries: on 1023.
As a matter of principle, in all your communications: Be specific, avoid arguments, understate rather than exaggerate, and always be courteous, but firm. In your first communication give the person concerned the benefit of the doubt and assume that ‑ once informed ‑ he/she will agree with your principled stand.
BE WILLING to be active and make yourself available to Christian Action groups. We need people willing to help with artwork, translations, typing, mailings, literature distribution, hospitality for foreign guests or missionaries, letter writing campaigns, marches, counselling and other projects.
ARRANGE MEETINGS for us at your local school, church women's group and/or youth group and invite one of our speakers to spread the Word and promote the vision.
GIVE generously to support Christian workers, projects, seminars and publications.
ORGANISE prayer chains and prayer meetings. Establish or join a telephone, E-mail or SMS prayer chain to pass on urgent prayer requests, or to mobilise action.
ORDER or duplicate Christian literature, CDs and newsletters and distribute them widely to friends, family and colleagues at work (you are welcome to copy any of our tracts or CDs as long as you do not change the content).
ESTABLISH a Christian Action group in your church for prayer and study, strategy and action.
BE COMMITTED to God, to your family, to your community, to your church and to evangelism,
SEEK GOD for wisdom, for His will and His work which He wants you to do.
UPHOLD BIBLICAL STANDARDS, proclaim God's Word and fight for the right to life of the pre-born.
One person can make a difference. You are never too young, too old, too insignificant, too handicapped, or too busy that you cannot make a difference.
How do I get started? Obtain a copy of Make a Difference: A Christian Action Handbook for Southern Africa and the Christian Action Starter Pack. Join a Christ‑centred, Bible‑based church. Attend that first meeting. Write that email.
The most important thing to remember is, as long as you're sincere and polite, there is no wrong way to write a letter to a public leader or to an editor.
"Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.” Ephesians 5:11
"Stand firm... contending for the Faith of the Gospel without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you.” Philippians 1:27 - 28
Africa Christian Action
PO Box 23632
7735 Cape Town
Tel: 021-689 4481
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