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Title:Israelite prophetic marks among Zimbabwean men of God: an evaluation of the conduct of selected Zimbabwean church leaders in recent politics
Author:Vengeyi, ObviousISNI
Year:2010
Periodical:Exchange: Journal of Contemporary Christianities in Context (ISSN 0166-2740)
Volume:39
Issue:2
Pages:159-178
Language:English
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
Subjects:Church and State
political attitudes
political systems
prophets
Link:https://doi.org/10.1163/016627410X12608581119795
Abstract:What does it mean to be prophetic during political turmoil? Does it mean opposition to the government or opposition to any opposition to the government? This article discusses the role of the prophets in Israelite society since the rise of the monarchy. This discussion then serves as a springboard to understanding and evaluating the response of the church in Zimbabwe to circumstances almost similar to those of Israel. Although the immediate context is the violence that engulfed Zimbabwe soon after the 29 March 2008 elections - when president Robert Mugabe could not accept that he lost the elections to Morgan Tsvangirai -, over the years since 2000, the church has spoken with contradictory voices. There are churches and individual church leaders who openly displayed their allegiance to the government irrespective of all glaring misgivings. On the other hand there existed some Christian leaders who opposed whatever the government did, hence they openly clamoured for regime change. The article argues that the church should avoid being funded by political parties in order to be prophetic. Note, ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]
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