“Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth” (John 4:21-24 NIV).
The above Scripture deals a deadly blow to sectarian worship, but conveniently so, to the partisan agendas in our country. The Jews had all along claimed authenticity, through their access to Jerusalem. The Samaritans had been considered disdainfully, as having worshipped God outside Jerusalem.
On speaking to the Samaritan woman, Jesus revealed that locational worship was no longer necessary. God was to be worshipped in spirit and in truth. This was revealed when a certain lawyer asked Jesus to give His own description of a neighbour.
In reply, Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he travelled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine.
“Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ “Which of these three do you think was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” (Luke 10:30-37 NIV).
The above parable settles all matters of prejudice, having ravaged the Jews and the Samaritans, similarly to how the Zimbabwean story applies. Zimbabwe is rich with peaceful people but spoiled by political polarization. Whatever good ideas, provided by either of the political divisions, is always regarded disdainfully.
Regardless of how good, a service provided by a ZANU PF person gets rejected on the basis of partisan considerations. The same applies to services provided by the opposition, from the ZANU PF viewpoint. This describes how wicked, partisan representation can be. This should never have been allowed in Zimbabwean.
This partisan agenda portrayed its wickedness, in the early stages of our independence. Dr Herbert Ushewonkunze, introduced an iniquitous bill, removing a quota system, originally designed to feed the nation. This was because he had failed to meet the quota, applicable to commercial farmers, at that time. The reason given was that the quota system had been a Rhodesia Front idea.