Monday, 10 October 2011
In the Lion's Den
Those accusation certainly cannot be levelled at him this week. He has ventured into an environment where some have expressed the strongest animosity towards him and shown themselves capable of carrying out violence. He has previously opposed Mugabe and he spoke out strongly against "lawlessness" and the condemnation of "mindless and Godless" violence seen in Zimbabwe. It is admirable that he is prepared to confront Mugabe face to face. Some might say it is naive of Williams to think that any such meeting will achieve anything or foolish that he is not deterred by the very real possibility that Mugabe will turn it to his advantage. Undoubtedly, Mugabe will try to gain some sort of mileage out of the situation, but I am of the opinion that he will find it hard to look anything other than what he is when faced with William's undoubted goodness.
Above all, the greatest aspect of this visit is the moral and spiritual effect it is likely to have upon faithful Anglicans in Zimbabwe, and we have already seen the extent to which the Archbishop's presence and pastoral concern has been a source of hope and encouragement. It should be very clearly stated that the issues at stake here are those of violence and political tyranny, the issue of sexuality has largely been used as leverage by Mugabe and Kunonga to demonise, terrorise and control. I hope and pray that this visit will achieve lasting good and instill a determination in all of us to speak out against cruelty and injustice wherever we find it.