The liberal news media will likely never tell you the unlovely facts about Nelson Mandela. He was a convicted terrorist/saboteur with communist ties. He and his ex-wife Winnie endorsed “necklacing” i.e., tying tires around people’s necks and igniting them. When he presided over South Africa it quickly degenerated from rich, prosperous nation to a third world nation that legalized abortion and perversion. Murder, rape and torture which proliferated under his reign are still rampant among the whites and blacks there.
Two other unlovely “saints” are Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr.
The former was said to have relished lewd jokes. He forced an unjust war with the South, when every other Western nation had eventually freed their slaves peacefully. He bankrupted and ruined North and South both.
The latter was an uncontrollable womanizer and rabble rouser who denied vital aspects of the Gospel he claimed to be preaching, such as Christ’s deity. Read “And the Walls Came Tumbling Down” by Ralph Abernathy, a crony of King’s.
Some will say, “Well, at least they battled apartheid, slavery, and discrimination.” I would reply that their views of equality were based on Jacobin (French revolutionary), Marxist, communist ideas of equality instead of biblical ideas. Scripture teaches we are all equal in our humanity (Acts 17:26), our depravity (Romans 3:10-11), our requirement to treat all with love and justice (Matthew 7:12), and that Christians are judicially equal in Christ (Galatians 3:28). The complete equality, physical and social, that Mandela and the others sought is unscriptural, and indeed impossible. God has established ranks and classes in the world, from the family to the highest government, and any attempt to subvert His order leads to anarchy, chaos, and moral degradation.
I’m not saying we should reinstitute slavery or that any race is superior. There are true black heroes, such as John Jasper and George Washington Carver, just as there are true heroes from all races. Christians, however, need beware if society over-adores someone (Luke 6:26). Seek your heroes mainly among God’s people, past and present, but “hero-worship” only one man, the God-Man Jesus Christ.