Christianity and Politics (By Pst. Innocent O. Philip)
Should Christians Be Involved In Politics?
The involvement of Christians in politics has been a challenge and a bone of contention within and outside the Christian race (Christendom).
What is Christianity?
Christianity is derived from the word Christian which simply means biblically “Christ-like”. But for the purpose of this article, I define “Christianity” as the practical way of living a life of a Christian.
What is politics?
Politics, on the other hand, is the practice and theory of influencing other people on a global, civic or individual level. It can also be referred to as achieving and exercising position of governance organized control over a human community, particularly a state.
From the two definitions above, it is clear that politics is not an evil act or practice has been regarded by many Christians and non-Christians from the angle of the worldly act or attitude.
There have been a wide variety of ways in which thinkers have conceived of the relationship between Christianity and politics with many arguing that Christianity directly supports a particular political ideology or philosophy. Along with this line, various thinkers have argued for Christian communism, Christian socialism or democracy.
Other believes that Christians should have little interest or no participation in politics or government. The question here is that “if Christians are not involved in politics, in what way will they influence, govern and control their state and been enthrone into the seat of power of their state”? For the bible says “when the righteous (uncompromised) are in authority, the people rejoice; but when the wicked man rules, the people groan and sigh.” (Prov.29:2 Amplified versions).
Ways of Coming into Power.
The possible ways are election and appointment. one can only come to assume the seat of power and authority in our present generation and society today either, through election or appointment which involves politics. We cannot gainsay the fact that both wishes and wizard, good and bad men and women love good things. But any evil done, is done out of wickedness of man’s heart.
Non-Participation of Christians in Politics – Christianity, And Politics
Again, the killing of Christians as stated in the Bible in time of old is a result of non-participation and involvement of Christians in politics. This is still, in one way or the other be done in this our present dispensation. This whole killing incident takes place as a result of Christians not in the seat of power. Like I said earlier, Christianity is a practical way of life. Therefore, the enthronement of a true Christian is important. When such person assumes the seat of power, he/she will positively affect our state. Our lives and the society at large will be affected positively. this is so because every man loves good things.
God Own The Seat Of Leadership
More also, in the bible book of Romans chapter 13 verses 1 to 7; Apostle Paul says that “it is God that place leaders in power”. Looking at this scripture critically, if God is to place people in power who will He (God) place? If they that are called by his name (Christians) made themselves available for such duty? Of cause, God will give the power to Christian. Because God will not allow an uncircumcised hearted person to rule or lead his people except they disregard Gods ordinances. This, therefore means that the sons and daughters of God are the most eligible persons. If this is done, it will affect our generation positively.
Therefore, the time has come for all Christians to be involved in our states and country politics. This is to support Christians in politics and not to look at politics based on the way the worldly people are doing it but as a medium of changing our generation positively.