“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” (Proverbs 29:2)
On the 11th November 1965, Prime Minister Ian Smith of Rhodesia declared UDI (Unilateral Declaration of Independence) from Britain. Exactly 52 years later, on the 21st November 2017, Robert Mugabe, the evil tyrant and dictator of Zimbabwe – which was what Rhodesia was renamed when his Marxist terrorists took power in 1980 in a fraudulent election overseen by Britain – was finally forced to resign by members of his own party.
Between those two November dates – 1965 and 2017 – is the story of a small country which, under conservative white rule, prospered and provided its people with a wonderful way of life even while waging a war of survival against Communist forces; and then, under a black Marxist government, descended into brutality and tyranny and suffered the greatest economic collapse of any country in history.
52 years: 15 years as independent Rhodesia, followed by 37 years of Marxist tyranny and suffering as Zimbabwe.
Between those two Novembers, what rivers of blood have flowed!
Robert Mugabe Resigns, November 2017: Jubilation in Zimbabwe and Throughout the World
The resignation of Robert Mugabe in November 2017 was the most wonderful news to millions of Zimbabweans, and to hundreds of thousands of ex-Rhodesians now scattered throughout the world, whose lovely country was taken from them by the evil duplicity of the British and American governments and handed on a platter to one of the greatest tyrants of modern times. There was rejoicing in the streets, and jubilation in living rooms across the world. The tyrant had fallen! Hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans poured into the streets in a frenzy of overwhelming joy and relief, shouting, singing, cheering. Almost four decades of misery and suffering: the national jubilation was perfectly understandable. Only those who have suffered under such tyranny could ever imagine what it suddenly felt like, to know that the man responsible for it was no longer in power.
It is true that the Scripture says, “Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth” (Prov. 24:17); but Scripture must interpret Scripture. Although no Christian should seek private revenge against his enemies, nor rejoice at the fall of any private enemy, but rather seek to help him in any way possible, which is loving one’s enemy as oneself (Prov. 25:21,22; Rom. 12:19-21; Matt. 5:43-48), yet the Bible is perfectly clear that there is no sin, indeed it is perfectly natural and even proper, to rejoice before the Lord when the public enemies of the Lord’s people are brought down. This is clearly shown in Exod. 15:1, when the army of Pharaoh was drowned in the Red Sea as it pursued after Israel: “Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the Lord, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the Lord, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.” Likewise, when the Roman Catholic system, called the mystical “Babylon” and the “Great Whore” in prophetic Scripture, is destroyed one day, the Lord’s saints are instructed to rejoice at her destruction: “Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her” (Rev. 18:20); “And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluiah, Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God: for true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore” (Rev. 19:1,2).
The fall of Mugabe from power, then, is something all true believers may rejoice in, as being a demonstration of the power of God, who “changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings” (Dan. 2:21). In His sovereign purpose the Lord permitted this man to rule over Zimbabwe for 37 years; but now, in His sovereign purpose, He has removed him.
And truly, Mugabe’s fall from power was a most humiliating fall indeed. He did not die in office, as so many expected he would do given his great age of 93; he did not leave gracefully after being defeated in the polls in a free election (even though he had indeed been defeated soundly at the polls years ago, but refused to leave and nullified the election results). No; he was forced to resign by his own evil, corrupt party! His own old comrades, who had propped him up for so many years, finally turned against him! What an absolutely humiliating exit from power for this arrogant, vicious tyrant who thought he was indestructible in office and would rule Zimbabwe till he died! When he watched the news, all he would have seen was the joy and jubilation of the ordinary people of Zimbabwe, so ecstatic that he was no longer their president. He now knows that, instead of being his people’s hero, they viewed him as an oppressor and a monstrous tyrant who ruined their lives. And this knowledge will go with him to the grave.
But even in the midst of the joy, sadly a note of extreme caution must be issued, for: