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.
PCEC, NCCP, CBCP
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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