Editor at large J. D. Douglas lives up to his title. Before covering the Chinese Congress on World Evangelization in Singapore (p. 39), he filed this assessment from Salisbury.
Reflecting the piety of a past owner, my hotel in Zimbabwe had a little chapel on the top floor. In it I found a visitors’ book with an entry referring to the country’s first anniversary celebrations earlier this year. It said: “I pray that this land will overcome its problems of intolerance and political hooliganism. May all Black and White learn to respect each other.”
Some people are gloomily predicting a black backlash against the whites who have remained in the country (many have left for South Africa, Australia, and Britain). I saw no sign of this, apart from a couple of restaurant waiters whose surly attitude made me want to say, “I’m as good as you are.”
One hears of isolated incidents in rural areas, but on the whole, even critics of Prime Minister Mugabe have expressed surprise at Zimbabwe’s political stability. Unexpected confirmation of this came one morning when I saw Ian Smith, the last white prime minister, walking alone in a Salisbury street.
Asked how political events have affected the church, African Enterprise’s local team leader, Chris Sewell, said: “I think the church, like all of the white population, was apprehensive about its future when the present government came to power with a strong Marxist reputation behind it. So far, no statement has suggested the government is anti-Christian or anti-church. Christians have been loudly and clearly exhorted to tailor Christianity to the African tribal tradition of going to God through the ancestral spirits. That is a very definite ...1
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