‘LET EVERYONE BE SUBJECT TO GOVERNING AUTHORITIES’: THE INTERPRETATION OF NEW TESTAMENT POLITICAL ETHICS TOWARDS AND AFTER ZIMBABWE’S 2002 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS
AbstractThis article is aimed at analyzing the way New Testament political ethics were interpreted by Christians towards and after Zimbabwe’s 2002 Presidential elections. The research focused on the debates, by Christians, I observed and sometimes participated in. In the first section I give a brief background of the political situation in Zimbabwe before and after Zimbabwe’s 2002 Presidential elections. This section is followed by a historical-critical interpretation of New Testament passages on political ethics. The third section looks at the pro-ruling party interpretation of the political ethics followed by the anti-ruling party interpretation. The last section is a theological reflection on these ethics in the context they were used in Zimbabwe.
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