Dogma is the greatest threat to our species’ survival on this planet. Have we not learnt from our own history? All the major wars that have resulted in near-extinction of certain subsets of our human race have been triggered and fueled by differences in ideology. The Crusaders, ISIS, Islamic State, Nazis, Communists and Capitalists are only a sample of the endless list of ideologies that have driven all our great wars.
It is unfortunate that our very own Zimbabwe has not been spared from this perdition. What we have created for ourselves is a movement of socialists, communists and tribalists in the form of ZANU-PF. It is high time Zimbabweans start looking at history as is not as was. History still has it on record that ZANU-PF was created by the people; these people being the black Rhodesians. Just this one fact reveals just how powerful the people have if they stand united behind an ideal. This is where the problem started. Since the death of Nehanda Nyakasikana this country has never been as united as it was during the second chimurenga. The multiple opposition parties that have cropped up since the word “politics” was introduced into our language have all been offspring of ZANU-PF. Even Morgan Tsvangirai was a ZANU-PF activist as one point. He said it himself in his autobiography, At The Deep End.
Logic then follows that if the people of Zimbabwe are to have a real change, which they purport to want but are not willing to work for, they should do the same thing that ZANU-PF did i.e. unite as the entire nation for a single purpose. It is this realisation that has recently compelled our opposition parties to sit down and work out a plan. This is where they begin but it is where I end. I believe the dream of a “grand coalition” is the only way out but I have a problem with its implementation just as much as I agree to the necessity of taking back our land but abhor the way it was carried out. It is scientifically, specifically mathematically, impossible for the formula being applied to yield the desired fruit.
If a group of people decide to achieve a common goal but they choose to start from the point of division and work their way up to unity then that process will most definitely collapse as it will be moving against gravity. Newton taught us that if you want to move something it is easier and wiser to move it downward than to push it up. The biggest hindrance to a unified opposition alliance is that they do not have a common goal. There are two main subliminal factions in the opposition space. There is one group which wants change of government and there is the other group which wants change of governance. In other words one group wants power and the other wants progress. This dichotomy is just as lethal as that which persists in ZANU-PF where things are much clearer. What this then means is that true change, the change that we need and not necessarily what we want, is a total revolution of ushering in a new way of thinking.
Even our collective Head of State Jesus Christ said “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.” in Mark 3:24. It is actually easy for Zimbabwe to be united as a nation at this current point in history. We already have something we agree on yet we continue to create artificial and outright unnecessary divisions based on dogma. Research has clearly and consistently proven that almost 85% of Zimbabweans are Christians. Being a Christian means one believes in the teachings of the Bible and specifically means one who “is like Christ” to put it literally. Why then are we having divisions if we already have a common ideology that history has proven is the only real ideology every human being should follow and be governed by. Why not pick the tried and tested formula and put aside all these vain differences?
It is certainly not an impossible task as was said in Matthew 19:26. It is actually the easiest and most straightforward solution. Did He not say, “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven” in Matthew 18:19? It only takes two people to change this nation now imagine if there are millions or even just thousands praying for this specific change. The writing’s on the wall.