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Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God

07 Oct 2017 at 08:51hrs | Views
The oppressed and suffering people of Zimbabwe have had enough of the torment that they endured ever since the country attained independence in 1980 - and as we head towards next year's elections, let us all have that conviction that this is Jehovah God's appointed time for us to finally be free of this tyranny.

I do not believe that Jehovah God ever created any individual to be subjugated to another - as we were all made in His image and likeness.

As such, it is our fervent desire to live as free people, able to enjoy life 'more abundantly', as our Lord Christ Jesus promised us - therefore, there can never be room for tyrants in our lives.

Zimbabweans have another opportunity to rebel againt such oppression using democratic means, in next year's elections - notwithstanding that similar previous attempts were scandalously stolen from us, but that has never deterred a people with a strong conviction in their inalienable right to freedom and prosperity.

In fact, the term, 'Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God' was coined by Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson at the time of the United States of America's (USA) independence from England in 1776 - after a hard-fought revolution.

This saying had been proposed to be on the USA's Great Seal, and was inspired by the biblical Exodus story of the Israelites' freedom from slavery in Egypt.

This zeal for freedom by the Americans, and their strong belief that God led their struggle, was also portrayed in the Latin saying on the US one dollar bill: 'Annuit Coeptis', which means, 'God has favoured our undertakings', or 'God has prospered.

This desire is taken a step further in their 1776 Declaration of Independence, that so beautifully captures the desires even Zimbabweans have for themselves:

'We hold theseTruths to be self-evident, that all Men (and Women) are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inelianable rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness...whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive to these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it and to initiate new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form as to them shall seem most likely to affect their Safety and Happiness.'

These same values and principles should be at the centre of every peace, freedom, and prosperity loving Zimbabwean, as this is what God created us to enjoy.

In fact, He, in so many Bible verses urges us to speak for the voiceless, to stand up for the oppressed, and to plead the cause of the poor and needy (Psalm 41:1; Proverbs 31:8,9).

Clearly, Jehovah God is not asking Christians to merely donate goods to the poor, and just provide shelter, but He wants us to go far beyond that and stand up against tyrants, and speak up for the oppressed, poor, and needy.

God Himself used people, such as Moses. Aaron, Joshua, and others to approach the highest offices in the lands in order to demand justice, equality, and freedom - thus, it is His expectation of all of us to still do the same today.

Praying is very powerful, but it is only the beginning, as we are then expected to act upon it, because faith without works is useless.

As the 2018 elections fast approach, let every one of us unite in a common goal to mobilise all Zimbabweans to register to vote, as well as to vote resoundingly against oppression, hunger, homelessness, joblessness, cashlessness, and all manner of subjugation, and a de-humanizing livilihood.

Let us also stand firm in the push for genuine electoral reforms - for truly free and fair elections - in order for all to vote confidently, without being haunted by the ghost of the 2008 stolen elections.

All tyrants have lost favour with God, for they have disobeyed His order to lead His people justly and fairly.

As with the biblical King Saul, although they still hold office, their days are numbered, as Jehovah God has already anointed a 'David' to take over.

As the Reverand Dr. Martin Luther King jr. once said: 'Oppressed people can not remain oppressed forever. The yearning for freedom manifests itself. The Bible tells the thrilling story of how Moses stood in Pharoah's court centuries ago and cried "Let my people go"'.

Such is the spirit that we, the oppressed people of Zimbabwe desperately need, that whether we are in the urban or rural areas, our fearlessness and resistance to tyranny should be unambigious.

There can never be again an opportunity as we have now, to stand together as a people of Zimbabwe, with more than just nationality in common, but a strong yearning for freedom and prosperity.

* Tendai Ruben Mbofana is a social justice activist, writer, author, and speaker. He is available should anyone invite him to speak at any event. Please call +263782283975, or email

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