Its now a month and over since I last posted my last blog and the response has been quite rewarding. I sincerely wish to thank everyone who took time to have a read at the last post and even offer some constructive feedback. Here is the blog am talking about just in case you din’t get to read it, alexsadera1.wordpress.com/2016/04/04/my-letter-to-president-uhuru/
I am publishing this post after much consideration and deliberation based on the feedback I have received and observations made. I will have to apologize for anyone who sees their feedback posted here there’s nothing personal.
I’ll give three examples to set the mood. First is a friend of mine who I shared the link above with hoping he would read my blog and after a week I checked on him to get some feedback from him and his response was that he saw the subject of my blog was politics and he gave up because he has heard to so much about politics he’s lost hope in and tired of politics. The second one was a Rwandan friend of mine who I was talking to about the leadership attributes of President Kagame, of course I was criticizing him. I was surprised by the way she did not care to explain what she thought about him simply because she has no idea how the government in Rwanda runs and to add on she felt there is nothing she could do to change things. Both cases are a display of ignorance though from different perspectives. The last story is what we all have been seeing on the news when the church comes to the press to address an issue on the government. Whether it is in the matter of the Atheists In Kenya registration or CORD’s proposal to disband I.E.B.C commissioners, the response the church gives is quite reluctant. First the church seems to be uncertain of it’s stand, second at times it seems as if it is taking sides but worst is that the church rarely offers a solution to Kenyans and to the government.
I chose to write on this subject matter because of the high levels of ignorance and disguise the church, both clergy and lay believers alike, has demonstrated in political matters and here I am talking about the church in Kenya. Probably this is due to a great misunderstanding of what politics is. However the Oxford Advance Learners helps us define politics as; the activities involved in getting and using power to influence decisions that affect a country or society. This then brings to light two important aspects, first that politics is a means to a particular end, if the end may differ based on who determines it and so will the means likewise differ. The other important part of that definition is that politics does not affect an individual separately it affects a country or a society. This quote here really brings a lot to light about how politics affects life. How worse is it for us to afford to be ignorant over political matters.
So the question that comes up is; Does the Bible teach us anything about politics? The answer is a resounding, YES. The Bible first teaches that all authority comes from God and that we should submit to authority. As Christians we are also taught of how God established kings and how those that were obedient to following his ways became greatly prosperous in their work. Moving into the New Testament Jesus teaches us very applicable and relevant lessons leadership today. We are even offered great human examples all through the Bible on leaders who teach us what leadership, government and politics should look like as well as what it shouldn’t be. Therefore I would conclude that ignorance to political affairs is sinful and furthermore since God has taught us how governance should work then wrongful political practice or opinions are equally sinful.
So should a Christian be involved in politics? Yes. However there is how to be involved in politics and how not to be involved. My next blog will takes the direction to explain how the Bible teaches us to be involved in political affairs.