As a Christian vocal on social issues l was confronted by many questions appertain to State governments. Which government do you support? Should Christians or Bishops and Pastors be involved in politics. Is it the Mugabe ZANU PF or the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) you support?
The Bible says be read to give the answer for the reason of the hope that is in you, 1 Peter 3:15. My answer was that I do not support ZANU PF government, that is inconsistence with Christian faith. ZANU PF President, Robert Mugabe is neither a Christian nor ruling Zimbabwe with justice. We need Christian minds not only Christian hearts. Our Lord Jesus Christ does not want us to support a government that deliberately starve and kill innocent people. ZANU PF is a criminal enterprise that is guilt of committing theft and atrocities.
As a Christian my ideal government is not the Movement for Democratic Change, but a Christian civil government that does not practice socialism. Biblical a State government was meant to be a ministry of justice alone. Controlling of education, health, businesses, sport etc is usurpation of responsibilities entrusted to it by our Lord Jesus Christ. Most of the time non-Christian governments are cowards and lack a standard to deal decisively with tyrants. A government was ordained by God (Romans 13), to be a ministry of justice for punishment of evildoers and protection of innocent in accordance with God’s moral laws in the bible. The state must rule the country in accordance with civil laws in the bible.
In my country there is no Christian government what can l do? Its election time should l go and vote? These are some of the questions that confronted me as a new Christian. Christians have no choice to live without a civil government. For that reason our Lord Jesus Christ would need us to support better opposition governments or political leaders. Christians have no choice between voting and not voting. We need to vote. It’s a sin and sign of great immaturity for a Christian to refuse to go and vote for better leaders.
In our calling to turn this world upside down for Christ we need to go and vote for better civil leaders. Tomorrow we fire them if they fail to deliver what they promised and put other better leaders. Hire and fire political leaders. Christians need to do this until we get ideal Christian leaders. That is how we are going to conquer modern politics for our Lord.
It’s wrong for Christians to praise or to go and vote for political leaders who support abortion, homosexuality and pornography. We need to support better leaders who do not support these evils. People should do away with the mentality that this government have brought us independence or freedom therefore we must support it continuously. If a government starts to permit or support evils like abortion, homosexual marriages remove it as a matter of urgency. We must not wait for the second coming of Jesus Christ to tells us that a government is becoming tyrant. Those who allow their government to become tyrant will pay heavily for it by loss of liberty. God is not mocked.
Many Christians who claim neutrality in politics support governments that commit atrocities, governments that condone pornography, governments that pass laws, which permit abortion and homosexuality. Are these Christians still working for Jesus Christ or Satan? Dr. Rev. Derek Carlsen said,” those who are not whole hearted towards Christ are whole hearted towards Satan. “But if anyone reject me publicly, l will reject him before my father in Heaven,” Matthew 10:33. Jesus is not only denied by merely saying l don’t want Him. Rejecting Christ’s principles of marriage and politics means denying Him.
Socialism is not a Christian principle. The idea that the State should control education, health, and economy comes from Hell. Christians need to use every opportunity to teach people that socialism is ungodly and bring glory to Satan.
Neutrality is impossible our Lord Jesus make this clear in the parable of a Good Samaritan (Luke 25:37), that neutrality is impossible. We may choose not to go through where the victim is, but the Lord who weighs the heart knows it. “Create in me a pure heart, O God and renew a right spirit within me,”Psalms 51:10. Politics is a domain for our Lord Jesus Christ. King David, King Saul, Governors Daniel, Joseph, and Nehemiah were all in politics – serving Jesus Christ.
The commandment and need that we bear fruits in politics is compelling and immediate. Modern Politics is the area that Satan is dominating so much. Humanistic governments are onto death war with our Lord Jesus Christ and His followers. Non-Christian governments are major enemies of God because they have vast amounts of money, power and great influence to oppose the purposes of God. Just imagine the atrocities and persecutions of Mugabe’s government in Zimbabwe, imagine the atrocities and slavery of the Islamic Front government in Sudan. Individuals can oppose the Lord Jesus Christ but they don’t have much influence and impact like state governments.
“Why do nations plan rebellion? Why do people make their useless plots? Their Kings revolt, their rulers plot together against the King He choose.” Psalms 2:1-2.
Christians we are not going to conquer unless we apply the Lordship of Christ to all areas of life especially politics. Christians must not be afraid of getting into politics, campaigning for those political positions. Putting bills and passing laws that are in line with moral laws of God in the bible.
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