Pentecostal Churches and Zimbabwean Politics: Some Reflections
This chapter investigates the relationship between Zimbabwean Pentecostal churches and politics. Pentecostal churches play a major role in the socio-economic and political development of the country. While it is generally believed that a dichotomy exists between politics and religion, the situation on the ground shows that there is no separation. This study examines the history of the relationship between Pentecostal churches and politics before and after the establishment of the Global Political Agreement (GPA), a peace agreement brokered between the main contesting political parties in Zimbabwe following the contested elections of 2008. The major questions this study answers are, is the political environment restricting or giving space to Pentecostal churches? Should there be a separation between religion and politics? Pentecostal churches have been prominent in the signing of the anti-sanctions petition, opening their pulpits for campaigns by political leaders and encouraging their flock to vote in elections for the churches’ preferred political leaders. This study, therefore, outlines recommendations that are of great significance to policy makers, politicians, clergy and anyone interested in knowing the relationship that exists between Pentecostal churches and Zimbabwean politics.
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