Rhodesia Betrayed by the West, Zimbabwe Destroyed by Marxism and Mugabe

But alas, it was not to be.  For true Christians, this world is not our home.  Sometimes the Lord in His providence grants that we live in times of peace; and sometimes in times of trouble and conflict.  When Rhodesia was hated by the whole world, and even for much of the period of Mugabe’s reign in Zimbabwe, people in western nations such as Britain, the U.S., etc., could never have imagined that their own countries would one day come under assault from the same forces.  But it has come to pass.  Back then, the problems of little Rhodesia, and then Zimbabwe, seemed so remote to the West; so far away.  Most people in these countries hardly gave it a moment’s reflection after reading of the latest atrocity.  But today?  Rhodesia was a bastion against the very forces which are now engulfing the entire western world.  The West did not come to Rhodesia’s aid; and today the West is under such tremendous pressure from those same evil forces that it is highly doubtful if any western country will survive in the long term.

Wherever believers are in the world, it is perfectly natural for them to have deep affection for the land of their birth, or the land where they live.  In His providence God places His people in all the countries of the world.  But at all times they are to live as the men and women of faith described in Hebrew 11, who “confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth” (Heb. 11:13).  For truly, all believers “seek a country”, “a better country” than any on this earth, “that is, an heavenly [country]”; and God “hath prepared for them a city” (Heb. 11:14,16).  It is “a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God” (Heb. 11:10): heaven itself, the glorious final and perfect home of all who walk as strangers and pilgrims through the wilderness of this earth here below.

December 2017

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[1].  Daily Maverick, 19 November 2017, article: “Much of our Current Euphoria in Zimbabwe is Misplaced.”  www.dailymaverick.co.za.

[2]. Daily Maverick, 21 November 2017, article: “Beware ‘Crocodile’ Mnangagwa – Zanu-PF is not renewing, it is a snake shedding its old skin.”  www.dailymaverick.co.za.

[3]. Rhodesia: Last Outpost of the British Empire 1890-1980, by Peter Baxter, pg. 309.  Galago Books, Alberton, South Africa.

[4]The Southern Cross, November 29 to December 5, 2017, article: “Priest’s Key Role in Mugabe-Army Resignation Deal.”

[5]. Daily Mail, 19 March 2013. www.dailymail.co.uk.

[6]. The Jesuit Roman Pope Francis I, by Shaun Willcock, August 2014 (article).  Bible Based Ministries.  Available from our website: www.biblebasedministries.co.uk.

[7]The Southern Cross, November 29 to December 5, 2017, article: “Priest’s Key Role in Mugabe-Army Resignation Deal.”

[8]. In writing this article, extensive use was made of previous articles about Zimbabwe, written by the author.

[9]. Frontline Fellowship, 22 November 2017, article: “Zimbabwe Celebrates as Mugabe Falls.”  www.FrontlineMissionSA.org.

[10]. We Shall Never Forget, article in the Rhodesia Christian Group Occasional Newsletter, November 2006.

[11]. The Great Betrayal, by Ian Smith, pgs. 408-411. Blake Publishing Ltd., London, 1997.

[12]. We Shall Never Forget.

[13].. Frontline Fellowship, article: “Rhodesia: Myths and Facts.”  www.frontline.org.za.

[14]. We Shall Never Forget.

[15]. See Cry Zimbabwe, by Peter Stiff.  Galago Books, Alberton, South Africa, 2000.

[16]. See Mugabe and the White African (DVD).  Arturi Films Ltd., UK, 2009.  www.dogwoof.com.

[17]. “Looting of the Land,” by Cathy Buckle, 21 May 2005. http://africantears.netfirms.com.

[18]. “Out of Sight is Not Out of Mind,” by Cathy Buckle, 28 May 2005, and “So Few Are Left,” by Cathy Buckle, 4 June 2004. http://africantears.netfirms.com.  Also Sokwanele Newsletter, 2 June and 4 June 2005.  www.sokwanele.com.

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