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Christian Relationship and Responsibility towards the State

on Thursday, 07 December 2017. Posted in General

Biblical and Ethical Considerations

Christian Relationship and Responsibility towards the State






In order to best understand how the Bible approaches the issue of Christians operating in the context of government two passages of scripture are foundational and this article will begin with a focus and short commentary on these passages:

Romans 13:1-7 (ESV)

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God's wrath but also for the sake of conscience. For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.


Executive Director's Message

on Sunday, 14 July 2013. Posted in Directors

The Legacy of the Missionary in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe owes a great debt to missionaries. It has long been said that they came with the gun and the Bible and then they told us to pray, but while we closed our eyes to pray they took our land, when we opened them our land was gone. This is true to some extent, but does not reflect the whole picture; it does injustice to some truly significant work that the missionaries did to enable us to be where we are today. David Livingstone’s statue still stands at the Victoria Falls, and though we know that the falls were called Mosi – Oa – Tunya by the Tonga people who showed Livingstone the falls in the first place, the name he gave it is still honoured today. Why is this? A trip to our national archives will reveal the contribution Livingstone made to the people of Zimbabwe. Livingstone, unlike many had the courage to speak for the African. He wrote to the queen in the U.K. advising that if what was done to the African by the European was done in Scotland, then every Scotsman who calls himself a man would rise up and fight for his land. Livingstone was honoured and loved by our fathers, we dare not dishonour him; he saw Africa through African eyes.


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