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Tsvangirai slammed over 'God chosen remark'

2012-02-14 10:17

 Cape Town – Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has been criticised after telling a religious audience that he and President Robert Mugabe were chosen by God to lead the nation and that people should pray for them, The Zimbabwe Mail reported on Tuesday.

According to the report, Tsvangirai told a prayer meeting on Saturday in Chitungwiza, a Harare satellite town, that Zimbabweans should pray for their leaders even if they do not like them or subscribed to the same political party.

 "I am blessed to be chosen among the multitude to lead the country ... Whether you like me or not, you should remember that I was chosen, even President Mugabe was selected by God", Tsvangirai was quoted as saying.

Critics, however, equated Tsvangirai’s statement to those often issued by Mugabe's proxies that he was anointed by God.

Others said Tsvangirai was behaving like some of Africa's most notorious dictators who considered themselves anointed and reminded their people to pray for them.

Comments
  • Fredster - 2012-02-14 10:27

    Dont worry Morgan. Christians will be critisized, you just go and do your best. God DID place you there and we will continue to pray for your government

      Francois - 2012-02-14 11:04

      Fredster, did you perhaps mean that Christians "will critisize" and not "will be critisized"? Christians are usually critisized and even worse persecuted for our faith. The fact is that is is in the supreme will of God to have Tsvangirai and Mugabe there, the problem is however when you embalm yourself as the chosen one and do not live a life that warrants that favour. Saul had the favour of God, but it left him. For Morgan or Bob or Zuma to say that they have the favour of God and live lives absolutely in contrast to what the Bible commands is heretic and blasphemous. Sometime the only thing that we can do is pray, but sometimes one need to act as well. If that did not happen Jesus could well have been praying in the garden of Getsemane and we can pray lekker in our homes when innocent people are being persecuted because they don't vote for the right party. Zuma must stand up, but he cannot, because he, with his filthy life, still believes he has the favour of God, same goes for Mbeki and Bob and Morgan.

      Godfrey - 2012-02-14 13:49

      @Francois All that verbiage does not explain why your invisible omnipotent, omnipresent god never does anything and has not done anything for 2000 years. Perhaps he died in the meantime.

      Francois - 2012-02-14 22:48

      Godfrey, it never was the intention to give the explanations you are asking for. My comment was in reply to the article and not to instigate the debate on whether there is a God or not or why He allows suffering or whether Jesus is alive or not. This is not the place to debate it and from your comments I will deduct that you are not Christian and probably atheistic - I don't think a ranting from your side will change my faith and I don't think a sermon from my side will turn you into a believer. Disregarding your non - believe in God, He still believes in you and disregarding the fact that the leaders of Zimbabwe feel that they have the favour of God, the people of Zimbabwe is still loved by God and he will provide for them, even if it is only with fair judgement.

  • Larry - 2012-02-14 10:54

    No Morgan, God did not put you there (You are not even there yet). Your suffering supporters put you there, now you should be doing something for them.

      Godfrey - 2012-02-14 13:47

      Yeah! Forget the god bollocks and do something constructive.

      Mfudzi - 2012-02-14 19:21

      larry, God does not vote even in a situation where you are convinced that he indeed installed a leader. what God does is that he uses you and me to transmit his judgement to society. so in this case, he used supporters to make his decision known. i think you have to be intelligent enough to read between the lines to avoid being too simplistic. otherwise your argument has an element of validity we can not choose to ignore

  • Anthony - 2012-02-14 11:08

    twat

      Godfrey - 2012-02-14 14:01

      Religiously brain addled twat!

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-02-14 11:12

    God is spending to much time with the ANC MDC and ZANU . No wonder the children are dying.

      Ben - 2012-02-14 11:17

      Sometimes Satan is in charge especially if you allow him.

      Godfrey - 2012-02-14 14:01

      @Gregory Or his attention has become diverted by all those millionaire sports stars begging him to give them an unfair advantage over their opponents.

  • 2zbunu - 2012-02-14 11:12

    Oh no!!!!! there we go again. Chosen by God what a crap. The political leaders were never chosen by God, they only climb the ladder bcoz of their commitments to the gud cause of the people. Let us see now that side of them chosen by God what does it bring to them. We want human leaders not spiritiual leaders here, One who will utilise his/her mind which is the only blessing from God to do as gud as what God wishes.

      Godfrey - 2012-02-14 13:51

      If you accept that no gods exist then you have your explanation.

  • Hannes Bosman - 2012-02-14 11:16

    wow!!! the God 'card'?.. yes, God had a plan for you Morgan and yes maybe His plan was for u to be prime minister... BUT I'm 100% sure that His plan was also for you to help stop the suffering in that what use to be a amazing country... seems to me that your dictator friend robert got to you... so now you play the God card to win the people!!!

      Godfrey - 2012-02-14 13:52

      Most politicians play the god card as it is a sure way to get the sheeple to vote for them.

  • Lehlohonolo - 2012-02-14 12:10

    Morgan,this atheist is praying for you,may you see many many more years to come like Abraham.

  • Mtshezi Yonk'insipho Iyawasha Mkhize - 2012-02-14 12:30

    From a Christian point of view he is correct, da Bible teaches tht God appoints King! So shut up n read in context! Whether tht Leader or President is what we deem as good or the most horrible, it don't take away tht they were appointed by God according to scripture!

      Deon - 2012-02-14 13:45

      So God also appointed Hitler, Moa and Stalin?

      Gerhard - 2012-02-14 15:14

      A politician and God together? That is an impossibility. Remember King David? He was a murderer just like Mugabe.

      Mfudzi - 2012-02-14 19:33

      mtshezi, you know your facts and you are right by keeping your head above the water. you would be surprised that most of these hypocrites actually hold infuencial positions in our churches where they fleece congregant of their tithes. my foot!

  • Fidel - 2012-02-14 15:35

    Mugabe is a political chess master. It's quite extraordinary how he has managed to retain power with the western puppets MDC now effectively working for his agenda, not the west's (even though they still try).

      Mfudzi - 2012-02-14 19:29

      even political chessmasters are God ordained. once more look deeper and learn the lesson why God chooses for us leader we turn out to despise.

  • bishop.bishop35 - 2012-02-14 16:15

    1ti 2:1 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 1ti 2:2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 1ti 2:3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 1ti 2:4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

  • Doc - 2012-02-14 16:22

    This is the great thing about God, all you have to do is claim that He has chosen you/spoken to you/made you a prophet etc and their is no way to disprove it becuase no one else heard him, no one is allowed to question him. The mormon religion was started when a man claimed that God spoke to him through a hat and now millions follow him. Jesus claimed to be the son of God and without any proof he managed to russle up billions of followers. I am going to start changing my marketing strategies for sure.

      Mfudzi - 2012-02-14 19:25

      the moment you proclaim,then it is indeed the case, unless you start saying that you have escaped from some zombies and now you are back from the dead becoz God said "Go back, my son"

  • Mfudzi - 2012-02-14 19:09

    i think without trying to take sides, that tsvangirai's remark can not be further from the truth. we must be reminded that all leaders are chosen by God for the obvious reason that even when tsvangirai assumed leadership of that party he was obviously not the only contender for the post. we must also be reminded that leaders are not chosen by the invisible hand of God for their desirability. God might instal a leader to teach people a certain lesson whether they like the leader or not. lets not oppose this statement just because it has been said by tsvangirai and not someone we desire, but let us learn the lesson for which God has chose tsvangirai and mugabe to sit as leaders of that GNU than criticise a mere statement for the sake of it.

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