Saturday, June 21, 2008

Divine Right? Divine Wrong!

The intolerable Robert Mugabe has spouted off again in another of his maniacal rants:

"Only God who appointed me will remove me - not the MDC, not the British."

Claiming divine endorsement is a very dangerous game as history frequently demonstrates. It is the ultimate stance of the vain, the proud and the haughty... and their rhetoric usually brings about their downfall.

Charles I of England made the same mistake... and soon afterwards found his head in a basket.

I won't deny that sometimes God allows bad, even despicable people to rise to positions of power in a nation. However, do not mistake that in any way with the concept of divine endorsement... it is far from the same. In the Bible we see that God allows various civilizations and characters to have power or influence over and/or against his own people: Pharaoh, Babylon, Assyria, Persia, Greece, Rome. Is this because God is weak and unable to defend his people?

No.

God in his wisdom used each of those people/powers in his own time to achieve a certain part of his plan. Sometimes to bring about circumstances where he come demonstrate his own power, sometimes to discipline in order to bring his people to repentance.

So Mugabe may think he has God given power, but those who claim to be masters only find themselves to be pawns in a much bigger game... and the same God who granted him power can take it away just as swiftly.

Mugabe may claim to be God appointed, he may claim to be a good Roman Catholic... but I warn him and those who think like him in the most severe terms:

"The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God."
Galatians 5:19-22

Whatever in his on mind, he calls himself, his nature sets him out as an apostate... for actions speak louder than words.

MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai is considering pulling out of the election run off due to the fact that Mugabe won't even step down should he lose... and also on account of the abysmal violence and atrocities being carried out by Mugabe's henchmen.. The latest report from Amnesty.org states:

"Amnesty International revealed on Thursday that 12 bodies have been found in various areas of Zimbabwe. Most of the victims appear to have been tortured to death by their abductors.

They were allegedly abducted by ZANU-PF supporters who, in some instances, were accompanied by armed men believed to be government agents.

Four of the victims were reportedly abducted yesterday from the home of Mr Chipiyo, an MDC councillor-elect in Chitungwiza by ZANU-PF youths. One of the victims is Archford Chipiyo the son of the MDC councillor-elect.

Five bodies were found in Masvingo province, while two were found in Gokwe district in the Midlands province and one was found dumped in Harare.

Another victim died in Harare today in hospital of injuries sustained from the beatings by ZANU-PF youths when she attended a funeral of a relative in Buhera."

And this is merely the latest in a long line of intimidation, violence and rape.

It must be stopped.

The time for ending the cycle of political weak ineffectualism as demonstrated by Zimbabwe's neighbours and the wider world, is overdue. South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Mozambique and Namibia... your neighbour needs you to be strong for them. UN sanctions are not enough... we cannot pretend this situation will just dissolve while Western powers continue to wage wars of their own making.

People are suffering, people are dying.

When Goliath stood up and cast his immense shadow over the Israelite army in the valley of Elah, the warriors of an entire nation quaked with fear. They saw a gargantuan killing machine ready to chew them up and spit them out. They looked in his eyes and saw nothing but their own demise.

But in the distance a lowly shepherd boy heard the taunts and the intimidation and felt a very different emotion - righteous anger. He heard this godless giant mocking the nation he loved and the God who created him... and decided the battle needed fighting regardless of the odds that man would give him.

Zimbabwe - Mugabe is your Goliath... he comes against you with sword and spear and javelin, but he can be beaten.

It is the destiny of all archetypal bullies to be knocked on the floor. It takes unfathomable courage, unquenchable faith and some patience.

Mugabe mocks the armies of God and democracy, but one day the Lord will hand him over and politically his head (power) will be cut off.

May that day be soon and swift.

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