Church leaders equally accountable for Zim’s socio-economic collapse

An aerial view of thousands-of-people-who-attended-the-Prophetic-Healing-and-Deliverance-(PHD) healing service at the church's headquarters yesterday.

THE socio-economic reality of any society on earth is expressly or impliedly determined by the movement, interpretation and application of information between and among individuals and institutions across the divide.


As such, various authoritative mechanisms of information dissemination, such as religion, cannot be easily vindicated when taking a closer look at Zimbabwe’s deplorable economic reality.

Now, considering the fact that Zimbabwe is predominantly a Christian society, it means church leaders wield considerable influence in shaping the imagination, decisions and actions of the people of Zimbabwe, leaders and general citizens included.

While the church can be commended for helping to maintain peace and giving hope to the masses, amidst various challenges faced by individuals and institutions across the country’s provinces, it is also equally concerning to note that a number of influential business and political leaders in Zimbabwe claim a Christian religious affiliation of some sort and yet perform dismally.

It is also greatly disturbing to note the deafening silence of church leaders when it comes to the public condemnation of ills such as corruption, lack of corporate governance and abuse of funds in the administration of both private and public institutions and yet some of the influential perpetrators of these ills are outspoken congregants.

Anglican Church Bishop Chad Gandiya follows proceedings at the meeting.

There is need for the people to question the quality of church leaders that have oversight on them and the type of relationships that such people have with politicians because the Bible gives people the right to question and test the spirits.

If people do not question their church leaders, they may end up allowing their souls to be subject to fake prophets, who can actually manipulate even the few good politicians that can be found in this nation, as was the case with a fake prophet, Bar-jesus, in the book of Acts.

In Zimbabwe, it is paining to note that there is a notable emergence and increase in the number of churches and yet corruption and economic failure is seemingly establishing itself at relatively the same rate.

The question that, therefore, quickly comes to mind is what are these church leaders telling their congregants who make up the majority of the population in the country and yet the economic reality of the country remains dismal and continues to move downwards?

It is also important to monitor, critique and measure the effectiveness of the contemporary church in Zimbabwe in order to understand its practical relevance and the leadership thereof.

Unless the church is questioned of its complicity in the economic reality, especially the suffering of the people of Zimbabwe, there is a chance and likelihood of political parties forming and administering churches for the manipulation of the people financially, spiritually and psychologically.

The Bible is awash with instances of church leaders who have been known to blindfold and subject people to untold suffering and Zimbabwe cannot be exempted from such manipulations, especially when looking at the moral decay and economic failure that characterise the country at the moment.

In the book of Nehemiah, especially from chapter 13, we are told of the hardship that befalls the masses when there is complicit between the church and political institutions.

There is a very disturbing example of how Eliashib, the priest, was using church coffers to finance heartless politicians who would, in turn, make life hard for both people who contribute to the church treasury and the general populace.

Judging from the size of the church and its influence in terms of the numbers of people who are believed to be Christians in Zimbabwe, it should actually be an institution that is producing good citizens who become good leaders both in politics and business.

However, on the contrary, it is glaringly evident that judging from prevailing circumstances, there is the likelihood that churches are being moulded and manipulated by politicians who are then using the church as merely a religious arm and a mouth piece for maintaining the status quo and silencing the population.


  1. “Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful”. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

  2. My brother Kazungu, you err not not knowing role of church in societies, communities, countries and world at large. Christianity works principally in spiritual realms. It is not a watchdog of political wrongs. The bible emphasises in supporting a government that is there. Not that the government can and will always be right. There has been some despotic leaders in history. Reason why the bible commands so, is because Christians ought to be absolved from chicanery, intrigue, lies, at at times murder. Going into opposition politics or engaging in insurrection has not always been God’s way of providing solutions. Christians pray, to influence leadership to think and act better. There has been Christian leaders who have gravitated from main line Christianity into politics proper, Martin Luther King Jnr, our own Bishop Abel Muzorewa. These men took different paths and became legends famously or infamously. Not that they were bad men. They used the wrong vehicle to politics. Church and state has always and will always be separated. Not that we denigrate men who have risen up and shaken off humanity from shackles of tyranny and oppression. If the bible tells to love your enemies, it will not be easy for a Christian to enter politics and say down with such and such. Separate politics and Christianity. They are only joined for convenience of wily politicians.

    • You obviously missed the heading which says “Church leaders” not churches. Church leaders have a duty to call out these evil deeds.

  3. While I agree with the fact that a lot of people behind social and economic ills are church members I do not agree that the message has lost its power. I believe that there is a remnant of ministers who still preach the word of moral uprightness up to this day. if i was to mention names I am sure you have a list of individuals in such churches who are not morally upright. That’s the tragedy of modern Christianity. it is based on one’s conviction of the word. Even when the correct word is preached one person can choose to do the opposite like Adam in the garden (Genesis 3).

    I also want to make special mention of religious ministers who gather for themselves “believers” to whom they preach a tailor made message that does not condemn their evil deeds. In turn their congregants prosper through corrupt/immoral means and also prosper the said church and pastor through such means.

    all churches cannot be painted by the same brush, however two colours stand out. One must be weary which church they attend if they seek the true message of Jesus Christ.

  4. True my friend the Church cannot be exonerated from the social ills currently bedeviling Zimbabwe today. This is due to the fact that there is no political will on the part of the current leadership of this country to engage the church. The Church is in the world for the world to be in the Church. In Zimbabwe the Church is completely shuttered out from national issues like the National healing and Reconciliation Process which has failed to make impact since 1980. How many of those commissioners appointed to spearhead NPRC ARE PROMINENT RELIGIOUS FIGURES? In south Africa the TRC made impact because of Arch Bishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. The seperation of religion and politics is debatable but the truth is prominent religious figures in the Bible like Moses and Samuel were both political and religious figures. In Zimbabwe our traditional leaders are both political and religious figures. The Church should compliment government efforts if the political will is there. Romans 13.

  5. Whilst I agree with your sentiments on the role of the church, it is critical to point out that the church should stand for a just, open and transparent society.
    We however have a situation where some politicians hide and use the Church for despotic acts.
    The fundamental principle of the church is to prevent corrupt individuals from taking advantage of the ignorant masses using the name of Jesus.
    What we must all know, including these corrupt leaders as well as despots like Robert Mugabe, is that we are all going to die one day and we will have to account to the almighty.

  6. If God doesn’t support insurrection or opposition politics, it means God did not support ZANU during and after the war as they opposed Ian Smith and rebelled against his govet!! Now maybe it explains why we are in this sh!t.

    Guys the stupidity of explaining politics using religion is exposed. Religious leaders reflect the society they come from. Zimbabwe is a lost cause!!!

  7. True Editor. I acknowledge we have greatly erred and participated in evil. We have failed to live up to the standard of John the Baptist who rebuked Herod, his soldiers (who were harassing innocent citizens) and tax collectors. We need more of this. We definitely need to repent of all our evils.

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