The Renewal Dilemma

As we process the disruption to our cycles and particularly the generational cycles, we begin to grapple with the reality on how do we renew ourselves in this disruption.

We have therefore suffered stagnation in every aspect of our development in life because of lack of renewal. You look at the way our education has gone, we are still stuck in the one track approach of the seventies and the eighties. 

The general focus of some Christians today have been on how to get reach and very little focus on aspects of the renewal of the mind and heart which focus on holiness and righteousness. 

At a national level, we have now settled to mediocrity where service delivery is concerned. Our politics continue to take us to the war of liberation and those who must lead us should have been in the war, definitely no hope for renewal there until natural causes take that entire lot. All this further perpetuates disruption to our natural cycles for development and progress. We end up having more people fighting for survival and very few operating in grace.

Have you ever noticed how we often address each other when we have different views, you would think a third world war is about to start! Even our local television drama brings this out clearly, we are always shouting at each other and and fighting for something. When I travel I try and see the newspaper headlines in the country. Most of their headlines focus on development,a sign that renewal is at play. In our case you would think a civil war is about to start when you read our daily newspaper headlines!

You would think with our record in literacy and education matters of renewal should be easier, but the opposite is true. The more educated we are we seem to be more rigid on matters of renewal so this has nothing to do with how much one is educated.

The key driver in this is that we have not embraced a renewal thinking in our structures and incumbents view their roles as a lifetime roles. The rest of the world realises that after a while renewal is essential for human development but due to disruption we have settled to leaving our lives in mediocrity. There is a conception by those who are in positions of influence in Zimbabwe that those younger than them are incapable of doing a better job because they are not ready. 

Therefore the nation is gripped by a succession crisis which is across the board in: churches, communities and indeed in our politics. 

I would like to agitate for an open debate on succession and renewal across the board in the whole country. If we don’t we have maimed another generation after us. Private sector needs to give us it’s view on renewal, civic society must tell us what is its position on renewal, indeed the church, and finally the politicians have to give us their position. It is this issue of succession and renewal that has hindered, education, health, social services and development in Zimbabwe. Basically same minds and same thinking on same issues with very little new thinking has caused stagnation!

“I put it to the jury that our single biggest problem in Zimbabwe is about renewal, specifically succession!” The day we all have a consensus on this our nation will immediately jump into a boom with double digit growth in GDP.” 

John 16:7-11, Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they do not believe in Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.