Zimbabwe’s national pledge, flag, national anthem and religion: Should Christians take civil action now?

Young Zimbabwean cricket fans painted with the national flag watch the home side play New Zealand September 12, 2000. Zimbabwe were 185 for 4 at the close of play on the first day of the Test at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo. REUTERS/Howard Burditt

 

By Baz Bhasera

I am writing this to help us figure this one out out. I know the Christian community in Zimbabwe is in an uproar because of the national pledge to be recited by our children in our schools.
People are perhaps worried that this goes against our religious freedom and some have been led to believe through this pledge and other moves there is an agenda to push Islamic beliefs into the education system.
I have one question for us to consider before we get riled up by the national pledge. IS THE NATIONAL PLEDGE WORSE THAN THE NATIONAL ANTHEM?

Or perhaps we do not know what our children have been singing everyday for the past years. 

A pledge and an anthem and a flag are not really any different. They are outward expression to an inward pledge of allegiance to a cause, believe or a heritage. All three are used to display patriotism to something much bigger.
Now after reviewing the lyrics to our national anthem and what our flag is said to stand for I put it forward that : THEY ARE NO DIFFERENT!
Here are the lyrics to the Zimbabwe National Anthem:

Chishona
Simudzai mureza wedu weZimbabwe
Yakazvarwa nemoto wechimurenga;
Neropa zhinji ramagamba
Tiidzivirire kumhandu dzose;
Ngaikomborerwe nyika yeZimbabwe.
Tarisai Zimbabwe nyika yakashongedzwa
Namakomo, nehova, zvinoyevedza
Mvura ngainaye, minda ipe mbesa
Vashandi vatuswe, ruzhinji rugutswe;
Ngaikomborerwe nyika yeZimbabwe.
Mwari ropafadzai nyika yeZimbabwe
Nyika yamadzitateguru edu tose;
Kubva Zambezi kusvika Limpopo,
Navatungamiri vave nenduramo;
Ngaikomborerwe nyika yeZimbabwe.

IsiNdebele
Phakamisan iflegi yethu yeZimbabwe
Eyazalwa yimpi yenkululeko;
Legaz’ elinengi lamaqhawe ethu
Silivikele ezithan izonke;
Kalibusisiwe ilizwe leZimbabwe.
Khangelan’ iZimbabwe yon’ ihlotshiwe
Ngezintaba lang’ miful’ ebukekayo,
Izulu kaline, izilimo zande;
Iz’ sebenzi zenam’, abantu basuthe;
Kalibusisiwe ilizwe leZimbabwe.
Nkosi busis’ ilizwe lethu leZimbabwe
Ilizwe labokhokho bethu thina sonke;
Kusuk’ eZambezi kusiy’ eLimpopo
Abakhokheli babe lobuqotho;
Kalibusisiwe ilizwe leZimbabwe.

ENGLISH
Oh lift high the banner, the flag of Zimbabwe
The symbol of freedom proclaiming victory;
We praise our heroes’ sacrifice,
And vow to keep our land from foes;
And may the Almighty protect and bless our land.
Oh lovely Zimbabwe, so wondrously adorned
With mountains, and rivers cascading, flowing free;
May rain abound, and fertile fields;
May we be fed, our labour blessed;
And may the Almighty protect and bless our land.
Oh God, we beseech Thee to bless our native land;
The land of our fathers bestowed upon us all;
From Zambezi to Limpopo
May leaders be exemplary;
And may the Almighty protect and bless our land.

And here Goes our National Pledge
Almighty God, in whose hands our future lies, I salute the national flag. United in our diversity by our common desire for freedom, justice and equality.
Respecting the brave fathers and mothers who lost lives in the Chimurenga/ Umvukela and national liberation struggles.
“We’re proud inheritors of the richness of our natural resources. We’re proud creators and participants in our vibrant traditions and cultures. We commit to honesty and the dignity of hard work”.

And this is what our national Flag represents

The national flag of Zimbabwe is made up of five different colours: Green, gold, red, black and white.[12] Officially, the colours of the flag of Zimbabwe carry political, regional, and cultural meanings. Green represents the agriculture and rural areas of Zimbabwe.
Yellow stands for the wealth of minerals in the country,[6] predominantly gold. The red symbolises the blood shed during the first and second Chimurenga (wars) in the “struggle for independence”.
The black indicates the heritage, race, ethnicity and community of the Shona citizens of Zimbabwe, where the president has given many vocal speeches saying white citizens are not welcome.[6][13]
The white triangle is a symbol for peace.[6] The golden bird,[14] known as the “Great Zimbabwe Bird” is the national symbol of Zimbabwe.[6] A representation of most likely the bateleur eagle or the African fish eagle,[15][16] it “exemplifies the strong bond that ancestral humans had with animals, nature and spirit guides” and it is treated with a high level of importance and respect.[17]
The red star represents Marxism as promoted by ZANU-PF, the ruling party of Zimbabwe, which has strong links to both North Korea and China, whose party flag was the basis for the flag of the nation.

And so the question is

So here’s our situation that begs us to ask: if our reaction to the national pledge is even timely or necessary given the fact that the basic ethos of our constitution is reflected in all three in similar degree?
I have never liked the national anthem as a Christian, because it speaks of the blood of fallen humans rather than that of Christ, and this pledge and flag do the same thing.
If Christianity could see no threat from the flag and the anthem I really do not see why we should have such a reaction to a pledge, when we have been singing a similar anthem since 2004?
I do not endorse the reciting of this pledge, but I feel there is something we are missing as a church on this one.
Are we not being distracted away from the bigger issues??? Some feel that within the pledge is tucked away the fundamentals of Islam, after having read it I don’t find the same to be true, otherwise to be fair it would be true of our flag and anthem as well.

Should we be worried?

Should we be worried about Islamic influence in our nation? Yes! But what should our response be? The church has never been mandated by the scriptures to fight using civil action.
We are aware that the devil uses clever schemes to forward his agendas, and it is these schemes we must engage on a different plane than the physical.
I am as worried as you are, but if you study the word you will know how to discern the times we are in, and that as a church we cannot be emancipated from our battles by petitions boycotts and demonstrations.
The only way to get God to heal our land is if His people in Zimbabwe turn to their knees and pray, and turn from their wickedness! LETS NOT BE DISTRACTED!!!!!
The national pledge and Islam are not your greatest enemies as the church in Zimbabwe, why are we behaving like the battle is being fought on such a plane such that we fail to respond in the way that revelation dictates that we should.
While the anthem was being sung the gates of hell did not prevail against the church, and they never will because of this pledge. Teach your children at home so that they won’t depart from the way. THIS IS NOT OUR FIRST ENCOUNTER WITH ANOTHER GOSPEL! The PROSPERITY GOSPEL has far more vicious claws than this pledge!
Yet we allow our kids to name it and claim it. NOTHING can separate us from the love of Christ, not even these things. This pledge could also be a distraction by the powers that be to make us fail to see the slide of hand on the side that really matters! While we are riled up about a pledge, BOND NOTES slip in quietly!
Did anyone even notice?????????? While everyone is talking about ZVIHUTA, government continues to do what it does best. VAKOMANA LETS NOT LOSE FOCUS OR BE DUPED…the devil has an agenda and he is cunning, but God wants the church on its knees.

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Pastor Baz Bhasera is a theologian, teacher, leadership coach and author. He is a part-time guitarist, singer and song writer. The views expressed in this article are not necessarily those of skynewszimbabwe.com. This article appeared at https://bazbhasera.wordpress.com/