Pastors, please stay out of politics

Your job is to share the Gospel, not to change the government, Carey Nieuwhof.

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A policeman prepares ‘integrity pledge’ at interfaith rally for Philippine election 2019. (PHOTO: Ernie Peñaredondo)

Politics Divide: No wonder, Jesus had clear instructions to avoid it and He led it by example

Religious leaders in Philippine politics

The heavy dislike for the Duterte government is growing and rightly so with his rhetorics. Some evangelical leaders used their organization to make a ‘political position.’ Priests and Pastors dissuaded voters and issued unnecessary political statements.


Recently, the NCCP and PCEC voiced “partial” support for the SOGIE bill. In the 2019 election, CBCP denied endorsing politicians, but its lay arm did. Priests used their pulpit to criticize. A Bishop posed with several political candidates, known for their disdain with the Duterte government.

Setting the example

The only verse Jesus talked about politics was when asked if they should pay tax to Ceasar (Mark 12:17). He could have said, “resist or reason!” but He did not. He pointed the tricky question to how we must honor God, and yes, obliged the Emperor. [Read commentary]

Government and Jewish leaders were hostile to the Apostles, yet they didn’t rally against them but focused their resources and time on ministry. Likewise, Jesus was busy preaching or praying. In God’s time, the rulers replaced; unbelievers rose to the challenge.

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Why were you called to the ministry?

If you have a hundred years to serve Jesus, will you not spend every precious minute to share the Gospel and save souls? Rallying the government to change its policies is not your job – making disciples is. The “Great Commission” doesn’t include meddling in government affairs.

There is a big difference between “exposing evil” and “telling what the government should do.” In the same way that “defending faith” is different from “defending a political stand.” Don’t be fooled by Satan’s smokescreen. As Carey Nieuwhof of Connexus 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

We must obey God, rather than men

In 111 AD, Pliny the Younger, magistrate of Rome, executed Christians who refused to worship the emperor and Roman gods. Emperor Trajan told him not to seek out Christians for persecution. They should be left alone as long as they did not stir up trouble.

Pliny was asking Christians to be an idolater – it’s unacceptable! Some Christians denied Christ, some became martyrs, others kept a low profile. Today, the same is happening in China, yet they keep their mouth shut and focus on evangelizing.

God removes kings and establishes kings (Daniel 2:21). He has his reasons why He allows “bad leaders” to rule. If our leader tell us to stop worshiping God, of course, we must disobey. (Acts 5:29).

Do you reason with a fool?

Repeatedly sharing the gospel with someone who continually ridicules Christ is like casting pearls to swine (Matthew 7:6). Likewise, if the government is corrupt, fools, and beyond reason, do you think they will listen to reason? Many Kings didn’t even bother to listen to a prophet, what makes a Pastor qualified?

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The Apostles fought the battle for the soul

The Apostles retaliated against the system, not for politics, but to defend “The Gospel” (Acts 4-6). There is a big difference!. How the government was run was of little concern for Jesus (Mark 12:17). Unbelievers did that part in rallying, complaining, or even mounting coup d’etat. (Siege of Jerusalem)

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Is God calling you in government? By all means! However, if God calls you to pastor a church or lead a Gospel mission, go and use every minute to make Christ known.

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Albert is an academic researcher and UX/UI content manager. He is a graduate of Asian Studies and went to the Asian Bible Seminary and Trinity College of Music. He is happily married with three lovable teenagers.


  1. The rampant killings is obviously against the Great Commission, not to mention the Ten Commandments. That you’re saying our priorities should be this fight against political correctness that’s yet about to come, and ignoring what is happening now, is very disturbing to my spirit. You advise to fight killing babies but not killing adults. I am pleading you, please pray again, and deeper if you need to. Because you’re being blinded by your own political correctness, to keep silent and not stand up for the clear immorality already raging around us. We don’t have to be political to stand up for the rights of all people to live. Killing sinners is giving them away to Satan. I don’t think God is okay with that.


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