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

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”.

Should God call us to work with the government, we must go and serve Him. If God calls you to pastor a church or lead a Gospel mission, use every minute of it to make Christ known. Our political opinion matters little unless we are being asked to go against God’s command. We must obey God rather than men. (Acts 5:29)

Consequently, we should be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, malign no one, be peaceable, and show every consideration for all men” (Titus 3:1-2).

Your job is to share the Gospel, not to change the government

The real political enemy

The Philippines is facing a bigger political enemy that is labeled in the west as “Political Correctness.” It has killed millions of babies, removed the Bible from schools, encouraged immorality, and undermined traditional marriage. Let’s be noisy on issues that threaten Biblical morals. Use your social media to encourage intentional prayer, fasting to defeat unrighteousness in the government.

Fight the real political enemy of every Filipino home

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Albert is a writer at J15. He is a graduate of Asian Studies and an undergraduate from the Asian Bible Seminary and Trinity College of Music. He has been a Christian for almost thirty years and is happily married with three lovable teenagers.

1 COMMENT

  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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