David Frew
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Hope for Zimbabwe


"Thus says the Lord: "Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the Lord. For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see when good comes, but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land which is not inhabited. Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit."
 Jeremiah 17:5-8 

Fruit of Failure
“Those countries that enjoy the most civil liberty are those societies where the Gospel of Christ has penetrated the most. The worst violence and oppressionin the world today is raging where Biblical principles have been rejected or neglected.” (Tom Barlow, South Africa: Renaissance or Reformation)

When we study Zimbabwe and its history, since its “liberation” in the 80’s and its decline from then till now, we are struck by the oppression and the country’s deterioration from being the “bread basket of Africa” to being dependent on international aide.

It is clear that most Zimbabweans’ hope is not in God but in a man, whether it is the current president or a new “liberator” who will bring them prosperity. We need to ask, “How deep have the roots of Christianity penetrated? Have Zimbabwean Christians been informed by the Word of God? Do they truly possess Biblical insight? Are they merely slaves of popular political ideologies?”

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