Dear Arch Tutu …

Archbishop Desmond Tutu celebrating mass at St George's Cathedral, Cape Town, on his 85th birthday

Background to letter available here. Briefly, the Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu (the Arch) now supports the movement for individuals to be given the right to end their life with no repercussions on their remaining loved ones.

Dear Arch Tutu,

I would like to start with thanking you on your contribution to the South African history and for your role in speaking truth to power in the Democratic republic. It takes guts and in your case loads of prayers and the Nobel Peace Prize  is well deserved.

However, your position on homosexuality and now euthanasia leave a sour taste in my mouth.

As Christians we believe that the inspired Word of God remains supreme over our lives and we remain submitted to it in its’ entirety. This is doctrinal fidelity. (Un)fortunately, we do not get to pick and choose sections of the Bible we believe in and those we want to continue to uphold. All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,  so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16 – 17). God created all things, visible and invisible and He holds and sustains all things because the Supreme Being  (Colossians 1: 16 – 18). God gives life and only He can take it. No one and nothing else. Of course this raises many questions, life support machines and the likes, but the broader principle holds. God holds all of life together by His power. We do not get to pick and choose when life ends.

It saddens me that these final utterances are what people will remember of your legacy. This is not the truth. This spoils your spiritual legacy and more than that, its damaging as certain groups of believers and non-believers will use your utterances as the final word more than what the Bible actually says. As a spiritual leader, myself included, it is important that we realise that people look to us for direction and that we must demonstrate some level of care in how we present ourselves as witnesses of the Lamb.

Ideally, I would like you to recant these words but in place of that, rather stay away from certain statements or be measured in your response when pinned for an answer.





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