Politics and the Christian Faith Commitment

Weekly Digest - Wed, 14 Feb, 2018

When anyone chooses Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord of his/her life, the self ceases and Jesus becomes the pre-eminence of one’s life in every area and facets. Our life and purpose henceforth derives from our being an integral part of Him. That is why Jesus Himself said about this union and relationship thus; “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). Jesus also describes us as His followers as the salt of the earth and the light of the world (Matthew 5:13-16). Having been born again forsaking the old nature and engulfed becoming a new being in Christ, henceforth we become Christ’s ambassadors and agent of reconciling the world with Him (2 Corinthians 5:17-21)

            All the above biblical attestations are intended to remind us that our new life in Christ is intended to be lived bringing glory to God in every way and situations we may find ourselves (1 Corinthians 10:31). With particular reference to our role and involvement in politics and the running of our government, we are to be actively involved. However, being actively involved in our respective political convictions ought to be such that our Christian worldview will effectively bear. We must allow Christ to be at the center of our life even politically so we do not compromise our Christian faith with the evils of the way the worldly people tend to practice politics. Politics is not necessarily evil, but the way we engage may be evil or good, just like the concept of interpersonal conflict. As brothers and sisters in Christ who will have different political view, we must continually agree applying our Christian principles and commitment to Christ. We must hold Christ over and above our political worldview. Our love for one another ought to remain untarnished in spite of politics                                                                   – Dr. Johnson Omoni

 

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