Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai today called on Zimbabweans to pray for President Robert Mugabe ad his government to become a God-fearing leadership that can truly serve the people and not harm them.
In his Easter message, the MDC-T leader said the nation should pray that Mugabe and his government prioritise the people and their welfare and value human life.
“Let us pray for President Mugabe and his government so that they become a God-fearing leadership that truly serves the people and not harm them,” Tsvangirai said in his message.
“We pray that they prioritize the people and their welfare; that they value human life and that their own welfare should be subordinate to their love of God and all His people in Zimbabwe.
“The lesson from the cross is that even at this late hour, the evil and oppressive leadership can be saved just as, on the eleventh hour, we saw that long hand of your eternal mercy reaching out to one of the robbers who showed remorse and contrition.”
Tsvangirai said he was certain that Zimbabwe will prosper because God had plans for the people of Zimbabwe; “the plans of peace and not of evil, plans to prosper us and not harm us; plans to give us a future and a hope”.
Wednesday, 01 April 2015
President Morgan Tsvangirai’s Easter Message
Easter is the time to reflect on Jesus Christ’s ultimate sacrifice on the cross to repay the debt of our sins.
Christians reflect on his biggest sacrifice at Calvary when he died for all of humanity to be saved. Despite him being the Son of God, Jesus came here on earth, lived the ordinary life like us and chose to die so that humanity could be redeemed from the yoke of its mammoth sins and transgressions.
We in the MDC acknowledge and respect the diversity of religions in the country. But we in the cockpit of the party are a God-fearing leadership and we yearn for a similarly God-fearing leadership in the country.
The country wants a God-fearing leadership that does not resort to violence; a leadership that respects people and respects life, a leadership that truly believes in the Lord and not con-artists that say pure diesel can ooze out of a rock!
Zimbabweans love and fear the Lord. In the preamble of our national Constitution that we made in 2013, we recognized the supremacy of God and dedicated this country and its future in Him, reflecting what the God-fearing people of this country had said during the constitutional outreach programme.
For us in the MDC, Jesus’ crucifixion and the gruelling predicament he went through have always taught us the value of service and sacrifice.
These have been signature values of the party and its members; a membership that has gone through untold suffering and violence in its quest for democracy, prosperity and the positive transformation of the lives of the people.
We learnt from Jesus Christ that an unstinting belief in God as the author of destiny and the sacrosanct values of service and sacrifice can be the difference. As we brace for the end-game in a massive how of people power, we will invoke the twin values with which Jesus redeemed us on the cross.
And we believe that God is with us in our struggle for democracy in the country. That is why the heroic people of this country used the same values of service and sacrifice to wage a protracted liberation war to free this country from colonial oppression. And the same service and sacrifice will make us complete the unfinished business of the liberation struggle.
Zimbabweans have been raped, maimed and killed for their unstinting faith in political redemption. But we saw when Jesus died for our spiritual freedom that the same the twin values of service and sacrifice shall be the chariot to whisk us away to true political freedom, democracy and prosperity in the country of our birth.
We pray that the Lord will continue to stand with the people of this country in this dark hour.
As we gather with relatives and friends this Easter, let us all pray for our families, for our nation and all those innocent Zimbabweans that are vending on the streets to give some dignity to their families.
Let us pray for all those millions of dedicated and hard-working Zimbabweans in the Diaspora but who wish to come back home, were it not for lack of opportunities in the country of their birth.
Let us pray for all those patriots who were raped, killed and maimed for the simple reason that they yearned for a better life for the people of this country.
Let us pray for those whose whereabouts we do not know, including Itai Dzamara who was abducted last month and has not been seen since. Let us pray for his family; especially his wife and children in the hope and faith that he shall one day come home alive.
But above all, let us pray for this country and its leadership. Let us pray for President Mugabe and his government so that they become a God-fearing leadership that truly serves the people and not harm them.
We pray that they prioritize the people and their welfare; that they value human life and that their own welfare should be subordinate to their love of God and all His people in Zimbabwe.
The lesson from the cross is that even at this late hour, the evil and oppressive leadership can be saved just as, on the eleventh hour, we saw that long hand of your eternal mercy reaching out to one of the robbers who showed remorse and contrition.
But above all, the hope of the people of Zimbabwe remains firm and unstinting. We in this country know we shall be that prosperous people that you have always wanted us to be; indeed we shall occupy that high moral and Christian pedestal that has always been our true place.
And yes, your word still rings in our minds. We know the plans you have for the people of Zimbabwe; the plans of peace and not of evil, plans to prosper us and not harm us; plans to give us a future and a hope.
Lord, we commit this country and its people into your hands. You have never failed those who believe in you and we know you will not fail the people of Zimbabwe.