Isn’t God convenient?

Robert MugabeZimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe says ‘Only God’ can remove him from office. Now the opposition MDC has pulled out of next week’s run-off election. But the immediate cause of the withdrawal is not the fear of God but the escalating violence again them. No doubt Mugabe would claim the violence is inspired by God.

Mr Mugabe told local business people in Bulawayo – Zimbabwe’s second largest city – that: “Only God who appointed me will remove me, not the MDC, not the British.” And, of course, the purpose of his claim is “The MDC will never be allowed to rule this country – never ever.”

And it’s not just Mugabe talking like this. A member of Zinbabwe’s parliament also claims President Robert Mugabe was God-sent and should not be challenged in elections. Kudakwashe Killion Gwanetsa, ruling ZANU PF MP for Chiredzi South, deified Mugabe as the leader chosen by God who should not be contested.

Quoting Romans 13 in the Bible that encourages people to subject themselves to the governing authorities, the retired army brigadier general said only those involved in illegal activities were opposed to Mugabe’s rule.

“For there is no authority except from God. Therefore he who resists the authorities resists what God has appointed and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct but to bad,” he said.

Mind you, I don’t think Mugabe is the only leader who considers himself appointed by God.

It does show, however, how convenient this God concept is. You can justify any action, any idea, by claiming God as your support.

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One response to “Isn’t God convenient?

  1. Being a Christian… I’d have to humorously quip that actually a heck of a lot of the time, God is far from convenient.

    But this is no laughing matter. I WAS appalled with Mugabe’s despotic rule and now he has claimed divine credibility, I AM filled with zealous anger.

    I realise that makes me sound a bit of a fundy… but I just find it disgraceful enough to that degree.

    Having said that, all leaders who claim divine appointment forget one very crucial thing. Appointment by God is not the same as endorsement by God. I made the argument in my blog that biblically, there are several examples of God allowing a bad ruler to come to the throne… but it’s never about endorsing the monarch… it is always about bringing something better about in the long view.

    Egotism blinds men to this.

    I am annoyed that we live in a world where mankind is so swift to fight wars that suits his economics, politics and self interest… and yet when people are blatantly crying out for help, turns a deaf ear because he is too preoccupied with wars of his own choosing.

    I don’t care what Mugabe calls himself, as far as I am concerned he’s apostate. He can quote Romans till the day he is thrown from power… but if he actually bothered to read the Bible instead of just looking for bits he likes… he would know that his actions are not demonstrating the “fruit of the Spirit”, it makes him out to be a fraud and the price for that is costly indeed.

    Personally I’d like to see religious leaders take a stronger line when monsters like this rise up. They should actually throw them out of church. They should speak with the courage of men like Kolbe and Niemöller.

    Though our thinking on matters of faith is naturally quite different… thank you for your post.

    It doesn’t matter what our creed or culture is, we must all remember that all it takes for evil to succeed, is that good men do nothing.


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