As a form of tradition, the term “opposition” is constitutionally embedded as sustaining democracy. Democracy is adopted by most countries, as the only way that stabilizes the wishes of humanity. While subscribing to democracy is commendable, opposition alludes to a wrong connotation.
Humanity subscribes to what leads to survival. There cannot be a human being who does not want to survive. Problems of humanity get eliminated when people converge on matters that uplift their survival. The opposition would be uncalled for and unnecessary under those circumstances.
In Zimbabwe opposition has been stigmatized. Due to ignorance, most people describe opposition politicians as undesirable elements. This is viewed according to the definition of opposition, which suggests contradiction. This is what has caused political violence, leading to intolerance even in Christian organizations, as following the primordial political culture.
The only opposition that humanity faces, in this world, is death. Therefore, when a political party is conflated with the term opposition, it becomes unacceptable. Yet that political party could be the one carrying the livelihood of humanity. This leaves only the intellectually intelligent people to deduce goodness from badness. The rest would be stuck on partisan considerations.
One is deemed acceptable, as long as belonging to an acceptable political party. You could be as corrupt and as evil, as can be imagined, but acceptable, as long as belonging to an acceptable political party. Ordinary humanity is captured, as long as unable to be committed to goodness, against evilness.
Party spirit is attached to idolatry. Some people assume that politics is different from other considerations in patterns of livelihood. But the partisan spirit exists, not only in various social structures but also in families and denominational settings. The apostle Paul contended with this behaviour, in the Corinthian Church.
I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas]”; still another, “I follow Christ.”
Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, so no one can say that you were baptized in my name. (Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I don’t remember if I baptized anyone else.) For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power (1 Corinthians 1:10-17 NIV).
Paul was contending with a partisan spirit. The people that Paul was confronting had been stuck on the idea of putting their faith in personalities. If a follower of Apollos; one would find himself alienated from those said to be the followers of Paul, Cephas or any other personality, viewed as a spiritual leader.