Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, declared, “By their fruits ye shall know them.”  We have reason to give serious thought to this fundamental axiom at the time of the death of one of the world’s foremost heroes, Nelson Mandela.  The first thing we should observe is that Mandela is lionized by the ungodly world, which should certainly give every sober Christian pause.  When every ungodly devil from Hollywood to Washington, D.C., and across Europe and the rest of the world, are united in their praise of some man or woman, no right-thinking child of God should expect that that person was anything other than a servant of Satan.

Has South African society improved since Apartheid was ended, and Nelson Mandela and his African National Congress installed in power?  More than ten years ago, black columnist Walter Williams was issuing a resounding no to this question.  In his article South Africa After Apartheid we find this disturbing paragraph: “Each South African day sees an average of 59 murders, 145 rapes and 752 serious assaults out of its 42 million population. The new crime is the rape of babies; some AIDS-infected African men believe that having sex with a virgin is a cure. Twelve percent of South Africa’s population is HIV-positive but President Mbeki says that HIV cannot cause AIDS. In response to growing violence, South Africa’s minister of safety and security, Steve Tshwete says, “We can’t police this; there’s nothing more we can do. South Africa’s currency, the rand, has fallen about 70 percent since the African National Congress (ANC) came to power in 1994. Emigration from South Africa (mainly of skilled people) is now at its highest level ever.”

A black newspaper editor in Johannesburg made this observation: “There was no city crime or unemployment in the old days. If you were a black without a [residence] pass and a letter from your boss saying you had a job, the police would run you out of town. Today, whether you are black or white, you take your life in your hands if you walk downtown at night.”  No matter how much an abomination Apartheid may seem to some, one has to wonder if a city is better off in the former condition or the latter.  

Unemployment in South Africa remains extremely high, anywhere from 25% to 40%, depending on who you read.  What the mainstream news media never touches is the widespread persecution and murder of whites by the racist African National Congress, which is Communist inspired and dominated.  Nelson Mandela himself was a fervent admirer of Fidel Castro, and as head of the African National Committee was, along with his wife Winnie, responsible for the “necklace” murders of many fellow blacks who supported the Apartheid regime.  Mandela acknowledged in his autobiography to “signing off” on many acts of terror perpetrated during the struggle to end Apartheid.

The results of the successful struggle to end Apartheid in South Africa?  David Horowitz gives us some startling information:

“Mandela began as a terrorist and never turned his back on monsters like Arafat and Castro, whom he considered brothers in arms.

“ …if a leader should be judged by his works, the country Mandela left behind is an indictment of his political career, not an achievement worthy of praise – let alone the unhinged adoration he is currently receiving across the political spectrum. South Africa today is the murder capital of the world, a nation where a woman is raped every 30 seconds, often by AIDs carriers who go unpunished, and where whites are anything but the citizens of a democratic country, which honors the principles of equality and freedom. Liberated South Africa is one of those epic messes the left created and promptly forgot about.”

Even life expectancy has plunged in South Africa, from a high of 65 at the time Apartheid ended, down 13 years to 52.  Only in 2011 did it creep back up to 53.  Clearly, black rule since Mandela has not been good for the health and well-being of the population.  The “freedom and prosperity” promised by Mandela and his Communist cohorts is not good for anyone, white or black. 

If the tree is known by its fruits, then Nelson Mandela bore the bitter and poisonous fruit of murder, discord, hatred, and terrorism.  He was no Christian, as some have tried to paint him, but a Communist, a murderer, and an enemy to the health and welfare of his nation.  Shame on every Christian columnist praising this wretched devil, who for any reason we have to know was called into judgment with nothing to present before God but the wreckage of a nation he has helped destroy, and his own hands stained with the blood of many innocents! 

The Christian church has heroes aplenty to admire and emulate.  Generally, they will not be the same heroes extolled by the likes of Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and Ban Ki-Moon.