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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Citizenship and Christianity are not the similar, and, while, people bring their spiritual beliefs to the voting booth, our aim as Christians should not be to use the Government to advance our spiritual or church goals. Citizenship is for all Zimbabweans, and the government is responsible for ensuring conditions for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all Zimbabweans.

In Zimbabwe, the President is the President of all the people, and the President’s job is protecting the freedoms of all the people, not forcing the will of any belief group on others through law and public policy. These days, many voters seem eager to impose their own personal beliefs on candidates for public office, and many candidates seem willing to pander to those tests by flaunting their Christian faith on the campaign trail.

Jesus himself had strong words about public religiosity: “Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them” (Matthew 6:1). For him, piety was to be practiced in private; love in action was to be the public display of faith.

Our concern should not be whether or not a candidate is a Christian; rather our concern should be that any candidate can uphold the Constitution and the shared values of citizenship for all people. We should not ask candidates if they are Christian; we should not ask them if God has told them what to do. Rather, we should ask them what their values are, how they will practice those values as President, and how they will apply those values to enrich the lives of every person, not simply the people who are like them.