The genesis of Israeli troubles emanated from idolatry. That which a person fears most becomes one’s own god. The principle of cause and effect implies that God is the cause over everything. All things observed in the environment are effects of God’s creation. But whatever is blamed for one’s condition is that person’s god.
The Israelites saw the Canaanite giants as impediments, against accessing the Promised Land. They assumed the giants were greater than God. To them, the miracles, including the red sea passage, were insignificant. When the towering Goliath intimidated them, including King Saul, Goliath became their god.
They were rescued by little David. The Israelites were not aware that anything feared, controls one, and, therefore, becomes one’s own god. What is loved should not be regarded as representing one’s only God. The bad thing about idolatry is that it captures one’s capacity to reason.
Instead of reasoning independently, the person factors in the behaviour of the feared obstacle. There is no secret that ZANU PF has been a god to the entire populace, for the last forty years. Those having previously been the opponents are known to have become the darling of ZANU PF.
The late Joshua Nkomo insisted on believing in persuasion, rather than intimidation. But, the more ZANU PF was feared, the more it became a god, to ordinary people. Many people perished, attempting to oppose the Gukurahundi killers. Rationally, many assume that the 1987 unity accord was necessary for securing peace.