Last night Nelson Mandela died at his family home in Johannesburg. Mandela inspired people all around the world to seek another way. His life demonstrated a passion for relentlessly fighting injustice and his legacy inspires us forward and reminds us how much we still have to do.
Responding with other world leaders, the Archbishop Of Canterbury, Justin Welby, tweeted how Mandela had shown the world an alternative route to truth and justice: forgiveness.
Nelson Mandela, fighting to the end, is freed to be with his God in joy and reward for his great service and sacrifice.
He showed us that the dream of living in a fairer society is possible and he challenged our generation to lead the way by speaking out.
Over the last few months, we’ve been campaigning with others to improve the Lobbying Bill. If the Bill goes through in its current form, it’ll make it harder for Tearfund, churches, charities and others to speak out about issues that cause poverty - like corruption & climate change. This would be a significant blow to freedom of speech and would weaken our democracy.
The good news is that a wide range of groups, including the Royal British Legion, Oxfam, CAFOD, Conservative Home, and Tearfund have persuaded the government to pause, listen and improve the Lobbying Bill. But we need to do more.
On Tuesday 10th December, we will join many other groups to lobby MPs and launch a report calling for improvement to the bill. Please continue to pray, and if you’re available and in the London area please come and meet your MP. There’s a briefing meeting from 11:30am in the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre (Wordsworth Room) to help prepare - you don't need to be an expert. Please email your MP beforehand, and ask if they can meet you to hear your concerns about the Lobbying Bill. Committee Room 4 in Parliament is booked from 1:30-2:30, so you could meet within that time, or another time that afternoon.
I hope to see you there! Please do let me know if your MP agrees to meet you.
Mandela spoke out; he listened and he inspired. Let’s continue his legacy and unlock people's potential because injustice is not God’s way.
-- Ben Niblett