by Collen Makumbirofa
Across the Globe, from America to Africa, people are praying for the downfall of Mugabe’s ZANU PF dictatorship in Zimbabwe and Biblical repentance to take place among the majority of Zimbabweans. Tyranny is a mark to show that a nation has rejected Jesus Christ in politics, economics, personal and social life.
Independent newspapers have been bombed and banned. Journalists have been harassed, tortured and killed. The Movement for Democratic Change offices have been bombed. Many opposition Members of Parliament have been arrested, tortured and some murdered.
More than 4 million Zimbabweans have fled starvation and severe persecutions. The majority of teachers, artisans, nurses and doctors have left Zimbabwe. It is estimated that over three thousand people are dying every week; this is a result of direct or indirect ZANU PF government actions.
International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church
Sunday 11 November 2007 is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted. Please pray for the Christians suffering in Zimbabwe.
The Zimbabwean government is in a vicious war with its law-abiding citizens. All opposition gatherings, including prayer meetings, have been banned. Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai has survived so many attempts to end his life; the latest one was on 11 March 2007.
The intention of the attack of Morgan Tsvangirai was to murder him. A police officer, who refused to be named for security reasons stated, “But what l saw on Sunday was not assault. It was an attempted murder, especially on Tsvangirai… Tsvangirai fainted three times during the murderous assault.” Tsvangirai sustained a crack on the skull.
On 18 April 1521 the Christian reformer Martin Luther stood firm before the Emperor Charles V saying, “My conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and l will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here l stand, l cannot do otherwise. God help me. Amen!” This speech shook the world.
In 1514 Pope Leo X sent out agents to sell certificates of indulgences, which supposedly granted pardon from punishment of sins. Martin Luther challenged the practice of indulgences, corruption and hypocrisy of the Roman Catholic church.
The Scriptures motivated Luther to renounce the unbiblical authority of Popes and Councils. Luther wrote many books intending to inspire German people to action. He wanted them to take a stand against the corrupt Roman system.
Luther preached justification by faith alone. This was the battle cry for Reformation movement. The Reformation faith was unique and become prominent because the Reformers emphasised the doctrine of Scriptures Alone,Grace Alone, Faith Alone and Christ Alone. It is through Martin Luther and other Reformers that we have the Bible in our own languages. In 1534 Luther completed the translation of the whole Bible.
Historically Christian Reformers were always at the forefront of the struggle against corruption, tyranny of unbelievers and moral decadence. In the book of Isaiah the prophet started his ministry by denouncing social evils and corruption in the market place.
Biblically tyrants were removed by God’s people and punished for their crimes in accordance with the Word of God.
Zimbabwe is experiencing oppression from wicked rulers because we have sinned against God. We have rejected the wisdom of God in individual, family, Church and State governments. Civil leaders in a country reflect the faith of that nation. Tyranny is a mark to show that a nation has sinned against God. God’s pathway of freedom is from the internal to the external. A nation cannot reject God’s principles in every area of life and at the same time retain political freedom and economic prosperity.
We call upon people all over the World to consider Zimbabwe for fervent prayers on 11 November 2007. Pray for repentance of many Zimbabweans and urgent removal of Mugabe’s ZANU PF government. All ZANU PF leaders are evil. Wicked rulers, who are murdering and starving innocent citizens.
South African leaders who are supporting Mugabe are also desperately wicked. We categorically condemn the support being given to ZANU PF especially by president Thabo Mbeki. Before 1994 Mbeki and many other South Africans freely stayed in Zimbabwe. Now the ANC government is not only abusing Zimbabweans refugees in South Africa but also openly supporting the dictator Mugabe.
Zimbabweans are not asking for pity of South African political leaders. We well know their hearts. We will lead our own transformation under our God. Simply we condemn those who lend support to Mugabe.
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