The world and societies are growing to become places where peace and security is threatened more and more, especially in Africa and Zimbabwe in particular. In contrast the church has been growing tremendously in the nation, while instability and economic crisis has also been growing. These phenomena led to the development of the concept of biblical transformation, where the church is envisioned to be at the center of spiritual, social, economic, and political transformation.
Sad to say, the church has not been much help in terms of addressing these social ills. The theologies that are practiced in many African churches hinder the drive to confront such systems that deny the people the right to choice, economic and political freedom, and social justice. This work aimed primarily at finding out the church’s position in dealing with the four societal forces that can either liberate or oppress people.
Biblical transformation challenges the status quo and helps spiritual leaders to be challenged in their spirituality, and encourages theology that liberates people to enjoy peace among each other, with the community, and within themselves. The Shalom of God will be experienced if the four areas are addressed, and it is only the church and its leadership that are best placed to bring this transformation.