Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Christianity and Politics: Is It Right For A True Christian To Be A Politician?

Christianity and Politics: Is It Right For A True Christian To Be A Politician?

Proverbs 29:2 “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”

This message is a product of a question that was someone asked where, and immediately, inspiration came unto me to write about this sensitive issue that true Christians has misunderstood and misrepresented in the past. May the HOLY SPIRIT of GOD give us divine insight into this message in JESUS name. Amen.

So, the person had asked: (unedited except some spacing and turning g into cap lock)
Pls friends, is it right or wrong 4 a ‪#‎pastor to go into ‪#‎politics? Give ur reasons.

I am sure this question was born out in the mind this person maybe due to the perception of the Christian community in respect to politics, as they have written it off to be a dirty activity that a true Christian ought not to associate him/herself with. This position of the Christian community over the years has robbed them of meaning and GOD fearing representatives in the political scene. This is responsible for the gross mismanagement of resources for the good of the people by those that politics have been handed over to, who in the first place are there for their selfish interest. May GOD deliver the Christian community from this awkward reasoning.

In dealing with this subject, we must first understand that it is GOD that ordain all powers because all power belong to Him Psalm 62:11, whether political, religious, academic, marital etc. hence the Bible says “Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: And he changeth the times and the seasons: HE REMOVETH KINGS, AND SETTETH UP KINGS: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding.” Daniel 2:20-21. This is in addition to the fact that GOD give this power to whomsoever He wish for government occupation, whether a supposed Christian, a Muslim, a Hindu, a herbalist etc. “This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: TO THE INTENT THAT THE LIVING MAY KNOW THAT THE MOST HIGH RULETH IN THE KINGDOM OF MEN, AND GIVETH IT (power) TO WHOMSOEVER HE WILL, and setteth up over it the basest of men.” Daniel 4:17.

Politics in itself is not dirty. It is a system that is opened to both the saved and the unsaved to aspire to their desired political capacity for effective and remarkable leadership that ought to put smile on the populace. Without the occupation of political power in any government around the world, there can never be a state of democratic practice of government. Therefore, instead of branding politics as dirty which a true Christian shouldn’t involve according to the promoters of this derogating belief, it should be noted and accepted that the dirty men and women who lack the fear of GOD in their lives are the dirty things seen in the political scene and never politics in itself.
As true Christians, the Bible says “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:13-16. Now that the representatives of the light of GOD in the world have chosen to allow the representative of darkness to occupy sensitive position in government, how will you not claim that politics is dirty?

To the promoters of politics is dirty and that it is not a good thing for true Christians to participate, you should also see consider voting in any election as a forbidden thing to be perform by Christians, even though it is your civic responsibility and a right as a citizen of the country. But should you argue that voting is different from seeking elective and political office, you will be wrong because without seeking for an elective political office, there wouldn’t be any voting of whatever sort. The better true Christians realize this wicked plot of the devil to subject them living the scene of politics for his agents of darkness, the better for them (true Christians) to shine forth as light in vying for political office to reclaim it from the hands of evil men.

Often times, you hear the supposed Christians making proclamation in reference to the word of GOD “And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath” Deuteronomy 28:13a, but how do you intend to be the head (in leadership position) when you have refused to participate in politics? Moreover the supposed Christians that are playing politics today are not true Christians. This is because the same evil and wicked acts of the unbelievers in the corridors of power are their doing also. They cheat, lie, forge results, embezzle public funds, and involves in bribery and corruption to win their elections. And you call these ones Christians? They are not please, hence my identification of ‘true Christians’ from the nominal Christians who are called Christians either by birth, name or association.

True Christians, it is righteousness that exalts a nation and sin will continuously be a reproach to any people Proverbs 14:34. This is responsible for the many wicked policies of governments around the world because no representatives of righteousness among them. “WHO RAISED UP THE RIGHTEOUS MAN FROM THE EAST, CALLED HIM TO HIS FOOT, GAVE THE NATIONS BEFORE HIM, AND MADE HIM RULE OVER KINGS? he gave them as the dust to his sword, and as driven stubble to his bow.” Isaiah 41:2. GOD is looking for righteous men and women to represent Him in every sector in politics and true Christians are lacking behind. Come out from your hiding place and embrace politics to make a difference now.

The kings and priest of old played politics and GOD used them mightily in their respective environment. So who told you that when you contest election as a true Christian that you have sinned? Don’t be cowed by the lie of the devil. The world is waiting for the manifestation of the sons of GOD Romans 8:19, and you are hiding from your responsibility in the name of politics is dirty. And as our text connotes, it is righteous governments manned by righteous people that will put smile in the face of the citizenry.

Wake up and act now!!!