AFFAIRS OF STATE

I know it is very easy for believers to take an opposing stand to particularly in matters of politics- our main anthem ‘we don’t want to be involved’. This has been born primarily because of the constant portrayal of ‘politicians’ in the limelight as individuals who do all they can just to rise into places of authority and then abandon the very ideals for which they sought this power.

It might seem surprising then that this message might appear to be one message inviting us to get involved in politics, a word suggesting ‘ affairs of state or citizens’. It comes up because while following the journey to the cross as highlighted in the Gospel text today, it becomes clear that the decision to kill Jesus had some ‘politics’ in it. These were the words of the council: “

What are we going to do since this man is doing many signs? If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation” (John 11:47b-48).

Thus, it had gone from just not liking Jesus, to consideration of what could  happen to the nation if everyone believed in Him, a real fear of rebellion and greater loss. Certainly, the real plan was for Jesus to give up his life, so everyone contributing to this eventual outcome, were actors employed to facilitate this. However we ought to realise that we cannot take a “not involved or don’t care” stance with affairs of state.

They might not seem to impact us, for we are assured of harvest even in famine. But there is a reason God invites us to ‘Pray for kings and all who are in [positions of] high authority, so that we may live a peaceful and quiet life in all godliness and dignity’ [1 Tim 2:2″]. Each day, decisions are being made concerning the affairs of state and the further away the voice of the true Christian is from these decisions, the greater their impact will be on all.

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