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 a few Evangelical leaders are using their Christian organization to tell what the government should do. Priests and Pastors dissuaded voters and issued unnecessary political statements.
NCCP and PCEC on the SOGIE Bill
Recently, the NCCP and PCEC voiced their “partial” support of the SOGIE bill. The political statement they constantly make are not only unnecessary but polarizing. Unfortunately, their leaders have bought into Satan’s smokescreen. 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. Instead of ranting, they focused on preaching. 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. Similarly, Jesus did not involve Himself in politics, He was busy preaching or praying.
God’s disdain for propping earthly political power is evident. However, He does from time to time put Christians in the government for specific reasons. That is why we should pray for Christian Senators like Manny Pacquiao, instead of criticizing his rhetorics.
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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
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