The righteous shall live by faith

A lady who sells at musika (market) and earns less than $10 per day and stays with many other tenants is said to be a witch. Lets call this lady Nancy.

The story is the owner of the house calls a “prophet”  to help him on challenges at his house.  The “prophet”  advises that Nancy is bewitching everyone and taking money supernaturallly from everyone. Another tenant (lets call her Susan) decides to leave to run away from the “witch”.

My wife asks Susan how much she lost personally and she stammers. Another point to note is Nancy is struggling to make ends meet.

Today’s nugget of truth is don’t base your life on  speculation,  base it on truth. For we learn from the word (Hebrews 10:38) that the just shall live by faith. We also know faith comes by hearing God’s word (the bible).

Use your logic in this short story that happened in Harare,  Zimbabwe and put your comments below.

Christianity politics and government, a biblical position.

I have noted how our government turn to the bible in times of distress.  Why is this so?  Most people in Zimbabwe believe in the bible, others are Christians others not,  but whichever way most would listen and obey if a Bible verse is quoted correctly or incorrectly.  We have heard officials quote different scriptures but today I will take a close look at Romans 13, which many government officials use to pacify Christians.

They came to Jesus with a tricky question  should we pay tax,  “give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar ”  the system in place at the time the new Testament was written is different from Zimbabwe’s system, ours is a constitutional democracy however the principles are the same.  There are laws in every land and the principle of  Romans 13:1-8 is universal and timeless.  A Christian must uphold the law of the land.

Should a Christian demonstrate?


The major question Christians have today is: Can I get involved in demonstrations? One of my main proposition is all Christians must submit to the constitution,  the government is there for reasons stated in Romans 13,  the government is also bound by the same constitution which allows all citizens to demonstrate, Section 59 of the Constitution states that, ‘every person has the right to demonstrate and present petitions, but these rights must be exercised peacefully’. This section is simple and its important to understand that this provision does not overrule other provisions,  demonstrate peacefully and obey all other laws,  having said that no one is forced to demonstrate.

Should a Christian serve in government.

Romans 13:1-2 is clear that God allows governments to be in place for his will,  Why would a Christian not work in a system instituted by God,  The Ethiopian eunuch was baptised,  the jailer was baptised and we see Paul being tried by roman authorities he also took the opportunity to preach to them,  Cornelius is baptised (all these cases are in the book of Acts).  A Christian can hold office in government and take any position in government institutions be it police, army or the courts.  However a Christian’s primary duty is to uphold the supreme law of Christ.

Should a Christian vote?

The Christian can vote if they want,  it’s a right in our Constitution.  The same government that tells you to support them without question will turn again and say: you can vote and choose a government of your choice. It’s also important to note when the new Testament was written the Roman empire was in charge,  there were laws,  functional courts just as we have however the office bearers were not voted into power as we do today,  the people had no say in governance, fast forward to today we have laws that allow us to vote,  have freedom of speech,  demonstrate,  sue,  be sued,  among many things. Upon swearing in our leaders give oaths to uphold the constitution.  As long as it’s allowed by the law a Christian can do,  however like any citizen one can waive their rights for example the law does allow you to vote but it’s no crime not to. 


Can a Christian become a politician?

From what I have written above a Christian can get into politics because the law allows it.  I will  encourage a Christian to get into politics as an independent as one will not be obliged to defend a party position.

Submit to authorities
This is a buzz word from our government and many Christians are scared to sin if they fail to be in subjection to authorities.  From what I have highlighted above including Paul’s example below , it is clear there were laws in place that were used to govern.  The same applies today,  the government and citizens all submit to the constitution.  The president can not wake up and say to Tom: give me everything you have basing on Romans 13, Even though Tom may be a devout Christian he will and must refuse because the law protects him.

Those quoting Romans 13, will no be able to defend Why we fought the liberation struggle to remove the Ian Smith regime further they want to pretend we do not have a constitution in the land that not only allows political parties to be there but fund them,  further the constitution gives citizens rights and obligations apart from the constitution we have various Acts enacted for the reasons stated in Romans 13.

Many Christians are aware of Paul’s trial in the book of acts on trumped up charges after being tried by many Roman officials he stands before Festus who if he tried him fairly would have acquitted him at that point Paul appeals to Caesar and his request is granted Acts 25:9-12.  Paul is the one who writes Romans 13,he faced trial and used his rights as a Roman citizen in terms of the law.  The law is good for us Christian lets obey it. No one is above the law.  Let me at this point state that our law today has a lot it copied from the Roman Law. Paul took advantage of the law of the day by doing so he did not disobey authorities. 

Conclusion
In conclusion I hope all Christians will read the bible well and seek to Interpret it well.  Avoid being spoon fed by your preacher, pastor and the so called prophets and Apostles some of them are government agents,  most are after money and they can do anything for the money.  True Church  leaders will not allow politicians to address the church.  The church is a body of Christ composed of different people with different opinions so church leaders must not allow their opinion to rule or suppress others.  Enjoy your freedom as a Zimbabwean,  keep the law and if government breaks the law it must  be held to account.  Our law gives you freedom of expression and defends human rights.  You have nothing to be afraid of as long as you live according to the law.  Be careful the government and some  church leaders may manipulate you. The key is respect public officials in line with the law of the land: give to Caesar what’s Caesar’s. Christians must not enforce their choice or opinions as if they are doctrine. There are numerous scriptures I did not quote in this article,  there are plenty of constitutional provisions I also did not mention.  I encourage you to read the constitution.

365 days against rape in Zimbabwe

Join me for the next year (today is third day of my campaign) .  During this campaign I will look at many factors  concerning this Challenge.  Following are questions and areas I will be zooming in on.

– Our  culture and rape.
– rape in the church.
– rape in politics.
– the law and rape.
– is there enough education on rape?
– counselling and support for victims of rape.
– is the police and courts doing enough to reduce prevalence rate?
– are parents doing enough to educate children?

These are just a few of the many topics I will look at.  If you have more ideas lets interact using the hash tag #endrapeinzim on most social media.  My twitter handle is @vhangerioftruth.

As a preacher of the word my focus will lean more on the church as rape is also prevalent in churches and the church has  not done enough worse the church has obstructed justice in many cases.

Brace up up for this,  my aim  is to get people talking and through conversations solutions to this scourge will be expected to follow.

GREATER HARARE MEN’S WORKSHOP: 11 JULY 2015

All men are encouraged to attend the workshop to be held this weekend as follows:

Congregation : Glen View Church of Christ.
Place : House Number 21, Patrenda Way, Glen View 1.
Date : 11 July 2015
Time : 12 pm
Directions : From town take Mini Buses to Glen View 1. Drop off at the intersection of Patrenda Way and Glen View Way near Makomva Shopping Centre.
Then take Patrenda Way walking towards the East / Glen Norah.
House number 21 is about 300 meters from the intersection of Patrenda and Glen View Way on your right.
Contacts : Bro. Nyamushamba 0779925798; Bro. Mujuru (Senior) 0733873326; Bro. Mujuru (Junior). 0733562278; Bro. Simemeza 0773713826; Bro. Sibanda 0782062004;
or Bro. Chatoramhuru 0772414995/ 0714075199

If you know of any upcoming events please let me know i will gladly post.

Today’s Sermon: Revive us Lord Psalm 85:1-13

Brother Musekiwa sets the tone for our new theme by delivering the message that left us in mood for revival. The day started with my opening remarks on the series but it was the sermon that has now set us well on track. he did not try to hide truth neither did he mince his words, I thank God for such boldness to call a spade a spade.

Sermon came from Psalm 85: 1-13

One of the point he hammered home are.

– Revival only come from God, no one can revive self. Our only role being to humble ourselves and pray asking for forgiveness and guidance.

– it impossible to revive a dead thing. so don’t allow self to deteriorate to the point of death. We need to repent while there is still hope for life.

He also touched on the Ephesus church Rev 2:1-7. The most scary part being verse 5 where Christ hints of death for a congregation, its so true if we don’t repent we die

I look forward to more sermons on this theme.

 

 

Harare Churches of Christ 2015 Calender

These are programs for the churches of Christ in Harare for 2015, some programs overlap into 2016, i hope this is informative enough, for clarification send me an email i will gladly look for he information on your behalf.

MEN’S WORKSHOPS
14/03/15 Hatcliffe
11/04/15 Norton
09/05/15 Seke
13/06/15 Outing, t.b.a
11/07/15 Glenview
08/08/15 Goromonzi
12/09/15 Chikurubi
10/10/15 Outing, t.b.a
14/11/15 Kuwadzana
09/01/16 ZIMRE Park

SUNDAY FELLOwSHIPS

13/09/15 Caledonia
01/11/15 Sunningdale
03/01/16 Avondale

GOSPEL LECTURESHIP
11-13 December 2015 Manyame

I will upload calender for the youth and ladies soon, lets keep felowshiping.

ZIMBABWE CHURCHES OF CHRIST MENS NATIONAL LECTURESHIP 2015

August is around the corner, The annual lectureship is here, this is the main event we have been covering on our blog, and it had seemed this blog is only about that gathering.The blog had a number of challenges that affected fulfilling its goals. That is now a thing of the past. But as has become tradition we cant miss the live overage of this lectureship.

Below are the details for all men who will be attending. Les\ts all get ready and prepare. I have just posted all details as sent out by organisers.

VENUE: Thornhill High School Gweru

DATES: 27-30 August 2015

INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATION:
Urban – $10
Rural – $5

CONGREGATIONAL CONTRIBUTIONS
***will be advised accordingly***

ACCOMMODATION
Two options available:
1. $15 (Dormitory)
2. $9 (Classroom)

ACCOUNT DETAILS
Account Name: Church of Christ Men’s Fellowship in Zimbabwe

Bank: Standard Charted
Bank

Acc No. 8700267285600

Branch: Mutare
**Keep deposit slip as proof of payment***

DEADLINE FOR CONTRIBUTIONS
31 July 2015

NB: Donations in kind e.g. maize, beef, eggs, chicken, milk will greatly be appreciated.

Kindly share this information with your other contacts and help in spreading the word.

Looking forward to seeing you all there.ther info/enquiries contact the undersigned or any of.committee members.

In His service

Albert Mpofu
Secretary
0772658526/0715012594

N. Mandebvu
Chairman
0733716064/0772165370

R. Gushakusha
V/Chairman
0773059897

J. Mashika
Treasurer
0773580570

B. Goredema
V/Secretary
0772685351
I have cut out all email addresses to save organisers from spamers, feel free to email me for further information.