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Moses And Christian Law Students
The significance of being a Christian lawyer in modern-day society is...? In our journey to answer this question we faced various obstacles. Amongst others was the natural euphoric feeling of being on holiday. This meant that mental fitness had reached an all-time low; consequently, it also implied that we were not in a position to tackle this question. Fortunately, the Christian Lawyers Association hosted a student retreat which provided an answer as well as valuable life and legal lessons.
There is nothing that connects a group of law students like experiencing long-distance expeditions together. Our 800km journey from the busy city-life of Johannesburg to the unknown plains of Cedarville, Eastern Cape resulted in the formation of family-like relationships. It should be said that you don’t know a person until you’ve travelled long distances with them; ideally from Johannesburg to Cedarville.
From the car window we observed the passing images of everyday life. We witnessed the scenery slowly changing from an urban metropolitan city to a more hushing environment. The closer we got to our destination the more our eyes became ‘’glued to the window screen’’. This enchanting fixation was more evident in those who had never travelled south of South Africa before. However, the spell was quickly broken when it was realised that we are not going around the corner and, slowly, enchantment was replaced with sleep.
In the dawn of the morning we entered the province of Eastern Cape. The driver indicated the closeness of our destination and, almost immediately, eyes began to open. We began to witness the unusual qualities of rural Eastern Cape. We witnessed a beautiful and untainted natural terrain. This terrain became even more evident when we exchanged the tar road for a gravel one. At this point we were shut in by the bulwarks of the mountains. We were alone with God. The magnificent buildings of Johannesburg no longer impressed our minds with their artificial sense of power. In the solemn grandeur of the everlasting hills we beheld the majesty of the Most High, and in stark contrast realized how insignificant the gods of men were. I believe Moses experienced a similar experience as us in his 40 year exile. I also believe that in the stern simplicity of his wilderness life he became a patient leader that was able to become ‘’very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth’’ Numbers 12:3. This was a lesson never to be forgotten and always to be applied.
Upon our arrival we were warmly greeted by Adv. Andrew Duminy and his family. The warm atmosphere transcended past the welcoming formalities and continues to exist till this day. Much was learned from them, specifically, the importance of family.
After a day or two we were joined by other law students from various universities who shared our experience .What was perhaps the most unusual feature amongst us was the fact that we all got along so well. Looking back now I cannot recall how much laughter we shared together. A memorable event was when Khutjo almost drowned in the river. Of course, it wasn’t so funny during the process but we all had a good laugh about it afterwards.
However, it was not all fun and games. There were occasions were we had serious mental stimulation. But I must say that even this was still fun. We discussed topics such as land reform, Christian challenges in modern South African law and many others. On numerous occasions we exceeded the time that was stipulated for these discussions; they were just that interesting. Our discussions were directed by Andrew and other CLA members who are also very active Christians; namely Theresa and Denise. They proved to be a great source of legal and spiritual insight. Collectively one could’ve described us as a happy bunch. The unique factor about this happy bunch was that all the legal professionals amongst us had somehow successfully combined their legal profession and their faith. Fortunately, they taught us how to do the same which has proved to be a valuable legal-spiritual lesson for us and other students on campus.
Our departure came as a surprise because we had not expected that time would fly so fast. But we knew that all good things must come to an end, no matter how much fun you are having. I for one am looking forward to the next student retreat and I am certain my colleagues share my sentiments. The few days spent amidst the mountainous solitudes were rich in blessing, not only for us, but also for the country’s legal system in the forthcoming years. I believe that this is the significance of being a Christian lawyer in modern-day society; to follow Moses’ example and help shape the country according to God’s intended design.
Lukhanyiso Hogana