DO READ THIS. The author of this article in Christianity Today is president of a private college in Zimbabwe and a pastor. To protect him, the magazine has withheld his name.
According to the United Nations food survey conducted in April and May by the World Food Program, an estimated 2 million people in Zimbabwe need food assistance. This number is expected to rise to 3.1 million by October and will shoot up to 5.1 million between January and March 2009. But the government has banned NGOs from distributing critical food and medical aid.
How long, O Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save? Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrong? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds. Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never prevails. The wicked hem in the righteous, so that justice is perverted. (Habakkuk 1:2-4)
. . . The Zimbabwean church needs to play the prophetic, priestly, and kingly role with both wisdom and gentleness. A divided church is no good when it comes to speaking against injustices and corruption. We need a united voice that upholds God’s standard of peace and justice. The church in Zimbabwe must come out of this crisis with its faith intact, purified, and reflecting the glory of Christ Jesus. It will very unfortunate if the church in Zimbabwe comes out of this crisis not believing better, not deeper in theological reflection, and not sharpened for service in any way.