Submit to authority, pray for leaders, Church told

By ZBC Reporter

Several church leaders under the auspices of the National Pastors Fraternal have taken the lead to pray for the nation, amid calls for all Zimbabweans to intercede for each other and subject themselves to authority.

Zimbabwe is largely a Christian nation and the Bible is very clear on what God-fearing citizens ought to do.

Apart from praying and interceding on behalf of each other, people are instructed to pray for their leaders so that they live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.

This is the spirit being exhibited at the ongoing prayers by the National Pastors Fraternal in Harare, whose determination to plead for God’s involvement in the welfare of his people should serve to inspire all Christians.

This Tuesday’s prayer meeting also saw church leaders from the Federation for Indigenous Churches of Zimbabwe, Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe and Johane Masowe Echishanu, speaking on the need for fellow church leaders and all Zimbabweans to desist from undermining authority but instead to pray for their leaders as they are anointed by God.

Federation for indigenous churches of Zimbabwe Secretary General Bishop Mathias Tsine said, “It is Biblical to comply with the decree of the government of the day Romans 13:1-3. The indigenous churches concerning our demographic dividend have no obligation to inscribe and hold placards in the name of street protest in whatever form or assume the role of judges, interfering with judicial processes to protect lawbreakers in a way to appease insatiable endeavours, the government has the mandate to restrain evil.”

“A religious body is not an equal partner of the government but its constituency falls directly on its membership. The church’s role is to exalt Christ and model the message of redemption ultimately fulfilling the eternal invisible kingdom.”

In his speech, Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe National Chairperson Bishop Solomon Magwani said, “We see this as supported by the scriptures which exhort us to be subject to the governing authorities…to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil to no one, to avoid quarrelling, to be gentle and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.”

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Indigenous Interdenominational Council of Churches (ZIICC) has rallied behind President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s leadership of the country and cleared the air on their position regarding a pastoral letter by Catholic Bishops Conference.

“It is our sincere conviction that after listening to the overwhelming majority of people who we lead as the nation’s largest religious body that the people of Zimbabwe do not share the Catholic Bishops’ lies bent to incite, provoke and cause despondence to everyone, but prefer that in our diversity we all work together with our President and government to build a future for our nation,” said ZIICC Chairperson Bishop Forbes Chikobvu.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic challenges, President Mnangagwa has rallied the nation in prayer when he launched the National Day of Prayer, with Zimbabweans being urged to seek God’s intervention all times.