Religious leaders in Philippine politics
The heavy dislike for Duterte government is growing. Religious leaders openly condemn his policies. One believer active in ministry even wished death to the President. Many ranted and some Evangelical leaders openly showed their political leanings. Towards election, Catholic priests, bishops, and evangelicals have criticized the President over his hateful religious remarks. They dissuaded voters and others issued unnecessary political statements. Point is, what good will this do in promoting the Gospel?
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Politics in the Bible
The Apostles were constantly attacked by “religious politicians” because The Gospel they preached undermined Jewish authority. However, they neither ran for office nor encouraged people to criticize the government. Politics began with the House of Saul. They rejected the Lord from being King over them and asked for a ruler (1 Samuel 8:4–9). God agrees to select a king begrudgingly. God’s disdain for propping earthly political power is evident. Similarly, Jesus did not involve Himself in politics, He was busy preaching or praying.
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Politics divide, refrain from political leanings
The Apostles urge us to respect the government righteous or not. God will deal with it (Romans 13). Asking people to “make noise” or gathering in a large group in public for a “prayer rally” is asking for media attention and for what advantage? Influential Christians have shown their political leanings on social media and all these add up to a reputation that Christians (too) have become political. Satan loves politics because it divides people!
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What the Apostles actually did
The Apostles retaliated against the system, not for political reasons, but to defend The Gospel (Acts 4-6). There is a big difference! Like Jesus, they didn’t care much how the government was being run (Mark 12:17), the unbelievers did that part in rallying, complaining, and eventually mounting coup d’etat (Siege of Jerusalem). The government is God’s turf, He removes kings and establishes kings according to His plan. (Daniel 2:21)
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Jesus has set the example
Every person is subject to authority because they are ordained by God (Romans 13:1-7). If there was anyone who should have fought the government, it was Jesus. He had a strong following and divine power. Instead of ranting against the abuses of Rome, Jesus focused on ministry and so should we. As Carey Nieuwhof of Connexus Church puts it, “Your job is to share the Gospel, not to change the government”.
Your job is to share the Gospel, not to change the government