Taking part in politics

 

 

Brothers, abstain from taking part in politics, as it is fitting for strangers and pilgrims. Do not spread the political views of this or that political party, nor vote for this or that political party.

Perhaps someone will ask: ‘Why?’ Because even though we live in this world, we are not of this world (John 17:11,14) and we must not entangle ourselves with the affairs of this life, such as politics. It is the children of this age who should take part in politics; while we, who are sons of God, should do what the children of this age don’t do, that is, we should pray for all the governing authorities, who are appointed by God, so that God may save them, may give them wisdom to rule, may keep them and bless them; and furthermore, we should thank God for all the good we receive through the governing authorities, and we should abstain from speaking evil of them (as you know, the children of this age take pleasure in speaking evil of the governing authorities).

You will ask then: ‘What should we do then when there is the general election or there are local elections?’ Abstain from voting. That does not mean that you can’t go to the voting station, for you can go there if you want (in order to void the voting paper, obviously).

I remind you brothers that voting for a political party or a political candidate that is in favour of freedom of religion but, at the same time, is in favour of the homosexuals, the wizards, the astrologers, in favour of abortion, divorce, and many other perverse things, means having fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness because it is as if you say to that political party or that political candidate that you agree with it or him and you want it or him to support and spread those views.

Let no one deceive you with his sophisms; politics, even though God uses politicians, lies under the sway of the wicked one and those who begin to take part in politics somehow defile their consciences.

Neither the apostles nor the early Church took part in politics, because they knew that the Kingdom of God is not of this world, as Jesus said to Pilate: ‘My kingdom is not of this world …” (John 18:36 – NKJV). However, it seems that many believers don’t remember or don’t want to remember this. So much the worse for them.

 

 

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