I find it an interesting thing to do every time I am working on a new post and that is to refer people to my previous blog post. Here’s the thing, life is a continuum, nothing is ever new everything is developing or continuing. I find that to be how God works in our lives equally hence I am not really able to come up with all new stuff but rather build up from where I left it off. That is why this blog is again a continuation of the matter of Christian involvement in politics, which was the major subject of my most recent blog, you can find it on this link; https://alexsadera1.wordpress.com/2016/05/16/should-christians-be-involved-in-politics/
I sort to shed light in my last blog on the fact that Christians are called upon by God to be involved in leadership and this mandate is first honored by submitting to authority. My concern in this post is to simply elaborate how we become involved in politics. As I type this blog CORD supporters are busy in town demonstrating over I.E.B.C commissioners, then a friend of mine who is anti-CORD is busy posting pictures on social media shunning down what they are doing on tribal grounds. Now that is not how we need to be involved when it comes to politics, it doesn’t need to become tribal or with such hatred as I see. I actually know a few friends in church who will vote purely based on tribal grounds and overlook any other qualification. The solution to all these political troubles we have in our country lies in the Bible however the custodian of this Bible; the Church, has failed in faithfulness towards utilising it.
Why has the church failed?
The fact that church has failed to give this country leadership and guidance on matters of governance is not subject to argument. In many ways including what is taught and preached in our congregations today, rarely do believers get to hear a word of God’s wisdom spoken about leadership and governance. This is probably the reason why the church for the longest time has failed to produce for this nation leaders of integrity. Based on my observation as a Christian and a leader in church, I think there are three things that hinder the church from offering our nation with assistance of political matters.
(i) False Perception of Politics
Let’s admit it that we are yet as a nation to experience integral and God fearing leaders who serve as role models in word and deed to our society. The closest we are to having such a leader is a drunkard politician or a deceiving leader rise to power. Due to this fact the church has swallowed itself in a cocoon of disbelief and assumption that you cannot be a politician and a Christian at the same time. That is why the church has lived to demonize politics and yet glorify politicians when they come visiting to our churches, to the point of even altering church programs for politician’s sake. The real problem here is politicians not politics. If we viewed politics from God’s view that it is a means to an end and viewed politicians from God’s perspective that they are sinners just like us in need of God’s grace as we found it we would be miles ahead.
(ii) Internal Politics
I have come to the conclusion that if there is a place filled and driven with politics second to government is the church. So sad that with all the resources God has granted the church to curb the negative political vibe going on, the church is sadly been trapped by politics as well. Churches today are splitting by the tick of the clock, court cases have been filled by churches including our very own bishops and other clerics. Denominations have resulted into denominational-ism if there is something like that. Elders, deacons and pastors even at the congregational level are fighting each other. Sufficient to say that the church has no solution to government politics because they have not found their own.
(iii) Devoid of A Biblical Understanding
The following paragraph shares on how the Bible teaches us to deal with some not all political matters. One realizes that because the church, including its clergy most of whom have received theological training, does not regard the teaching of God’s word in political and leadership matters. This has gone a long way to leaving the church handicapped more than any other reason.
Some BIBLE Solutions to Politics Today
Mark 10:35 – 37 “And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came up to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” And he said to them, “What do you want me to do for you?” And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.”
See this was a potential political matter among the disciples no matter how irrelevant it may seem now, then it was something. Actually Mark comments that the disciples were indignant at what James and John were asking for. This is why I love Jesus, he had a definite answer to them;
Mark 10: 42 – 45 “And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant,and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Jesus was like you want to be great hommies, then be the servant, you want to be the best then be the slave. See this is not what our leaders both in church and in government are practicing. But this is what we should be taught and likewise teach.
Acts 6: 1 – 6 “Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brothers,b pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands on them”
If such a dispute arose in our day today I am certain that some leaders would definitely take sides with the Hellenists and those of a different interest would oppose them setting a favorable political atmosphere. Maybe if Peter was here today he would order that all this distribution of food be done from his office or probably he would take to himself the work of appointing the deacons. That’s not what Peter and The Apostles did. They delegated the job not just to any man but to men who are God fearing, filled of the Spirit and wisdom. However they did not do this to avoid responsibility but so that they can focus fully on their task. This is why I call it faithful delegation since it was done faithfully and for a faithful reason.
(iii) Service as unto God
This may sound a cliche since everyone uses this term, most often you will hear people saying,”we’re doing this to God’s glory.” This words have been over used such that when we hear them we do not even grasp the magnitude of what they mean. Time and again in scripture have the apostles spoken of leadership as unto God. I will quote but a few examples
1st Peter 5:2 “shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly;”
Acts 20:28 “Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God,d which he obtained with his own blood.”
Ephesians 5:9 “Masters, do the same to them, and stop your threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with him.”
This scriptures do not hold the magnitude of service as use of words only but rather what we do needs to be done with the thought that as we are leading God’s own. The reason the world has not taken heed to this and other principles of leadership God has set is because we as the church haven’t. Its about time we woke up and took our God ordained place.
FRIENDS THE BIBLE HAS THE ANSWERS