Politics Divide: No wonder the Bible has clear warnings to avoid it; Filipino church leaders twists scriptures
The heavy dislike for the government is growing, and church leaders use their organization to meddle in politics. Priests, evangelical pastors dissuaded voters and issued unnecessary political statements. Christian leaders are falling for Satan’s smokescreen.
→ Seductive idols of a Christian leader
PCEC, NCCP, CBCP, Pastors, & Priests in “Political Unison”
- For decades, Catholic Priests used their pulpit to criticize politicians.
- In 2019, Catholic groups, NCCP, PCEC, UCCP “partial” support for the SOGIE bill in public polarized Christians.
- In the last election, CBCP denied endorsing politicians, but its lay arm did.
- Evangelical Pastors joined anti-government protests in support of the Chief Justice, who was legally ousted through a Supreme Court decision.
- A Bishop had a photo op with political candidates, known for their disdain with the Duterte government. He proudly posted it on his Facebook.
Telling the government what to do isn’t the same as exposing evil.
How Jesus and the apostles responded to their abusive civil government authority
- Jesus did not incite the people against Rome. (Luke 23:5)
- Jesus refused to get entangled in political debate. (Mt. 22:15-22)
- Jesus was busy preaching or praying alone. (Matthew 5:1)
- Jesus surrendered his rights.
- The Apostle Paul, Peter gave instructions to submit to civil authorities.
- The Apostles focused on preaching and church planting. (Acts 8:4)
- The Apostles rebuked religious church leaders.
Apostle Paul and Peter’s clear instructions
Apostle Paul willingly submitted to divine imprisonment without grumbling. He was respectful to the commander and Governor Felix who in turn gave him favor and protection. (Philippians 2:14-15; Read commentary; C. Swindol)
We submit to “avoid condemnation” and “win commendation“
→ Paul’s attitude to government authority.
Apostle Peter warned us not to earn the ire of authority
Peter said, “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority” (1 Peter 2:13). We do it for Jesus’ sake because He demonstrated it Himself.
We submit to “avoid condemnation” and “win commendation” that shuts the mouth of those against the faith and looking for reasons to criticize believers. (1 Peter 2:15 Commentary)
Don’t twist scriptures to support your thirst for political activism
Telling the government what to do is not the same as exposing evil. (Eph. 5:11, commentary). Moses, Samuel, Nathan, and Jonah were God’s prophet—He spoke to them with clarity. (Romans 13, Acts 22-24 commentary)
- Moses challenged the Pharaoh, God gave him instructions. (Exodus 5)
- Samuel rebuked King Saul, God spoke to Samuel. (1 Samuel 15:16)
- Nathan confronted King David. The Lord sent him. (2 Samuel 12)
- Jonah preached to the king of Nineveh, God’s words repeatedly came to him. (Jonah 3)
Would you vote for King Cyrus?
How can Cyrus, a non-Israelite pagan king, be called God’s anointed? (Isaiah 44:28). Yet he fulfilled a prophecy and obeyed God (2 Chronicles 36:23). God has often allowed evil rulers to the point of war and destruction. It is not for us to judge God’s plans.
Your job is to share the Gospel!
We need Bible-believing Christians in government, that’s why focus on evangelism is needed. In the US, some preachers have fallen into criticizing authority, they were fooled by mainstream media who fuels racial inequality.
The rise of evils, such as abortion, immorality, and social injustice, will get worse. Only the Gospel can transform the government and its people. As Carey Nieuwhof 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