“Coronavirus is the work of God punishing countries that imposed sanctions on us. They are now keeping indoors. Their economies are screaming just like they did to ours. Trump should know that he is not God” – Oppah Muchinguri, Zimbabwe’s Defence Minister.
During this weekend, the Zimbabwe Defence Minister Oppah Muchinguri really went to far. She really went total Alex Jones and crazy-far right hogwash mentality. People pounding the ills of the worlds and pieces it all together. As the COVID19 or Corona Virus is spreading like crazy. She’s pinning God to the ills and the as an answer to the sanctions put on Zimbabwe. Which is first of all ridiculous and foolish at best.
What I want to ask Oppah, as a man of the bible. Point to what part of the scripture that fits the bill? Where in the bible is there any combination of virus and sanctions? Where is the piece of teachings of Jesus or any of his disciples? Can she find any wisdom in the proverbs or even in the letters in the New Testament?
Because, I cannot find anything that fits the bill. When you speak in this terms, your really putting yourself up for failure. Because, the whole wide is hit with this. Some exceptions, but the virus is spreading and not like it doesn’t hit anywhere. There is someone carrying it and exposing it there.
It seems like Oppah should read chapter 3 of the Letter of James from the New International Version, it states this: “ All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.” (James 3:7-12, NIV).
I think Oppah should consider these verses, as they set the tone for her judgement. Especially in the time we are in. As the world is grasping with a pandemic and trying to figure ways to stop it. To contain it and figure out ways to overcome it. Ever state, every nation is using their means and configure things to stop the spread.
Than, instead of using sense, her mind and her spirit to good use. She instead uses vengeance and ill-advised anger towards the United States. The sanctions might be hurting, but so does the grand-corruption, nepotism and all other mismanagement done directly. So, it’s bad when foreigners does something, but not hurting or ungodly when locals does? What does that say about her?
It’s like she could even get the use of this scripture too: “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?” (Matthew 7:3, NIV).
Seems like Oppah should look into this lesson as well. The US is bad in many regards, but the ZANU PF is acting a fool itself and its reasons for the reasons for the sanctions in the first place. Which haven’t been countered nor changed. The human rights violations persists and doesn’t stop.
So, Oppah, my advice, be more sincere and less usage of scriptures in politics. It usually doesn’t work well. Unless, you want to feed the poor, salvage the hurt and lead people to salvation. However, you were seeking none of that, but saying it was a biblical reason for the virus in connection with sanctions. Which cannot be true and is a lie. Peace.