Time for prayerful leaders

HARARE - “It is Africa’s time now. Yes, we can look east, north, south, or west but at the end of the day we need to look up to the Throne of Grace and the gospel of Jesus Christ to save Africa.

“We now need “revelationaries” not just revolutionaries to truly set free Africa from the manacles and shackles of hopelessness and deprivation,” was the emphatic message from Nelson Chamisa, a political-cum-gospel minister, this week.

The Information and Communications minister, who is from Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC, leads a relatively successful department in the current inclusive government, which is still bloated by some intransigent Zanu PF members.

 A pastor in the Apostolic Faith Mission church, Chamisa said recent political events and Biblically-inspired public posturing from the nation’s political leaders coupled with the proliferation of the gospel of Jesus Christ in Zimbabwe point to the political radar now seeking a divine solution as the moral values of this nation are crumbling.

 George Washington, the first President of the United States of America, is famous for saying ‘it is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible”.

 How prophetic his message was as that great nation’s founders are said to have adopted their ideas for their Constitution, America’s most enduring monument, from their colonial pastors.
 
 Is Zimbabwe going back to Biblical roots to restore a free country and a free people?

Is the country’s leadership regenerating and emulating South Africa’s Desmond Tutu, Martin Luther King of America and Mahatma Gandhi whose non-violent civil disobedience pressured their respective nations to attain political independence and embrace civil liberties for all races.

The trio inspired movements for non-violence, civil rights and freedom across the world by pushing for a peaceful agenda to settle political scores?

 “When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice. But when the wicked are in power, they groan,” says Proverbs 29:2 highlighting the need for a country to be ruled by prayerful leaders.

 Rita Makarau, Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) chairperson and Supreme Court judge before taking over the Zec role, is now seeking church leaders to pray hard as watershed general elections, whose date is yet to be announced, beckon.

 “We ask you to pray for us as we prepare for elections. We have had a peaceful referendum and it was because of your prayers. Now as we go to elections we need you to pray for our leaders and continue preaching peace,” was her appeal to church leaders at a recent meeting the electoral body organised.                                      
                                                                    
 Business luminaries like Strive Masiyiwa, Nigel Chanakira and Shingi Munyeza, among others, through their phenomenal success in business through their phenomenal success in business are a testimony to the power of the Almighty to those that diligently seek Him.

 Masiyiwa is the founder and chairperson, of leading global telecommunications group, Econet Wireless, Chanakira founded the financial services firm Kingdom (now AfrAsia Kingdom) and Dr Shingi Munyeza is not only an academic and high ranking business personality but also the senior pastor at Faith Ministries in Harare, an influential Pentecostal church in Zimbabwe.

 Says Munyeza about the causes of his successful career as an hotelier: “I attribute my humble success to my personal relationship with Jesus my Saviour, then my very supportive and beautiful wife, my source of pride, daughter and the very strong relationships I have with my extended family, friends, pastors and mentors.

 He also urged Zimbabwe’s political leaders to refrain from the use of violence as a means to achieve political gains.

 “No-one deserves to be wounded, maimed or even die for the sake of electing another human being. There is no need for another human sacrifice, Christ paid it in full,” said Munyeza to the Daily News.

 Nehemiah, Daniel and Joseph are characters from scripture who affected national and international policies of nations and kingdoms.

 These three were all government officials of the highest ranks in their respective governments.
From their examples it is clear Christians can be involved with government, governance and leadership.

 They spoke against immoral law and at other times protested against negative policies like Daniel’s refusal to obey the policy of bowing down to an image of the king.

The Church of Christ operates in different spheres of society such as arts or business and not just within an institutionalised church structure. - Albert Masaka

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