By their works they will be known

HARARE - It is said that an apple does not fall too far from its tree — meaning, for example, that children and followers of religious formations tend to live the life of their parents and leaders.

So it seems to be the case with some of the followers of self-proclaimed prophet, Emmanuel Makandiwa.

A day after the Daily News reported that the wealthy showman was pushing for the newspaper to be shut down by the government, a rowdy group of yobs wearing wristbands associated with his church appeared impatient to achieve the preacher’s mission.

They bought scores of copies of the Daily News in Mutare on Saturday, publicly and brazenly “cursed” the newspaper and then went on to burn the copies that they had bought. Witnesses say it was quite a “spiritual” spectacle — without any dignity or the kind of grace that many of us have come to associate with people of faith.

Are we surprised?

Sadly, not at all. While we would have wished that our answer would have been that we are surprised by this vile act, the fact is that it seems pretty consistent with what Makandiwa himself is doing. So why expect some of his followers to act any differently.

The spiritual riddle that Zimbabweans of faith will be trying to answer is what makes these excitable “people of faith” any different from those with “degrees of violence” who have raped, maimed and murdered innocent people over the past three decades of supposed Uhuru for daring to differ with them?

And who exactly do they worship, the Good Lord or Baal?

Our job at the Daily News is not to sit in judgment of people and their faith.

That is an issue between these “men of God” and their maker.

Our humble job is to simply highlight the works of those who sit in positions of influence and power, without fear or favour. For, by their works they will sooner or later be known.

This we do in the hope that it will assist the little ones like us to make informed decisions about our lives as these people ride roughshod over us.

So, to the “people of faith” who burnt copies of our newspaper in Mutare we say congratulations to you.
You are truly nailing your spiritual flag to the mast. By your works you will be known.

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