The most unwanted sensation in this world is bitterness, and yet at the same time, the most preferred sensation is bitterness. The most terrible thing about bitterness is that it is contagious. The bitterness of Adolf Hitler was transmitted to other Germans, who then carried out genocide against the harmless Jews.
Robert Mugabe carried out his share of spreading bitterness, concerning Gukurahundi in Matabeleland and the Midlands. But if truth be told, Mugabe may, himself, not have been guilty of actually killing even one of those victims. But it was his venomous tongue, transmitting the bitterness that caused the genocide.
There is currently bitterness in the Zimbabwean atmosphere. Any opposition leader advocating violence can be popular but cause a serious inferno. This is the reason why some people have voiced preferring the replacement of Nelson Chamisa. The proponents of violence suggest that aggression, fuelled by bitterness is the best way to go.
The appetite for violence is ripe in Zimbabwe, because of the endemic bitterness. Any opposition leader, with charisma, but displaying bitterness can ignite an unquenchable inferno. It is therefore essential for Christians to promote advocacy for people to be united in appreciating the negative effects of bitterness.
The unparalleled domestic violence in Zimbabwe portrays the condition of bitterness among people. We have seen video clips of people ululating, where the speaker would be advocating violence against the opposition, for instance. This would be a manifestation of unreasonableness in the condition of bitterness.
The cause of bitterness is a result of not getting what one expects from other fellow human beings. This life is full of disappointments. At times we get disappointed, even by our own parents. In all spheres of life, there will always be disappointments. But at the condition of bitterness would be unreasonableness.
Bitterness is the opposite of magnanimity, which creates positive effects. Each person can be either a carrier of bitterness or a carrier of magnanimity. Hence, Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God” (Matthew 5:9 NIV). This, therefore, reveals that nothing good can come from people who sensationalize bitterness.
Even in Christianity, there is bitterness. A person may have trusted a pastor who turns out to be a rapist. Ordinary people will always meet disappointments in this life. Bitterness is an expected phenomenon, which can be experienced by anyone, regardless of background.