The Church can make a tremendous difference in government and public policy by helping the members of their congregations to be informed, responsible citizens. As part of its mission, a church should educate on vital issues of public policy such as education, taxes, etc, sound principles of government and responsible citizenship.
The Church should be made aware of any legislative agenda since there can be good laws and there can be bad laws as well. In most cases, laws are passed based on expediency or current events, which would dictate such matters.
Regrettably, our churches are afraid to speak to and address matters such as freedom of expression, tyranny etc and their seems to be a lack of conviction in this respect.
Historically, the Church has always suffered persecution by some tyrannically leaders such as Herod, Nero, etc. Yet, she was not afraid to speak to injustices which were meted out. Even, today, we have bilateral agreements and relationships with some countries where the Gospel cannot be preached publicly and Christians have to go underground in order to preach the gospel. Should they do so openly, they would be persecuted. Yet, we, as a community where there is a church just about on every street corner, are afraid to call wrong, wrong, and in the process, the country is sinking more into the quagmire of moral decay.
Crime and violence is on the increase, and regrettably, some of those who are supposed to be the custodians of the law have now become some of the perpetrators. Daily, we witness a moral decline which is indeed pathetic and saddening. Yet, we don’t hear a public outcry from the church.
Yes, I know that we pray, but the Church needs to do more to make its disagreements known. Pastors and leaders ought not to be afraid to address the issues which plague and affect the society.
Because of apparent ignorance, some pastors don’t believe don’t believe in peaceful and nonviolent marches to protest against injustices, etc. However, they need to understand that the Bible permits peaceful protest. Pastors need to study the life of a preacher called Martin Luther in Germany and Martin Luther King Jr in America to see that they preached peaceful and nonviolent protest.
It is obvious that the reason most Christians don’t protest is because they’re fearful and afraid. They are afraid of the politicians. In other words, when it comes to fear of politicians, there is no difference between those who call themselves Christians and those who do not. However, it should not be that way. Christians are called to be fearless. Remember the words of the Apostle Paul to his son in the faith, Timothy: “For God has not given to us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and a sound mind” (11 Timothy 1:7).
What we need today are bold men and women who would stand up for truth and righteousness. Right is right and wrong is wrong regardless of whoever is doing it. Jesus and His disciples were not afraid of speaking out against evil in their time.
Many people are living in fear and this fear has crippled the society. Ministry and the church suffer ultimately because of fear.
Recently, in Jamaica, a prominent professor was allegedly dismissed from his job for giving expert statement on AIDS in another country. What did the church there do? They staged a great march of protest in the streets of Kingston in support of justice.
In Trinidad & Tobago, the Women’s Ministries of the Pentecostal Assemblies sponsored a march against violence to women and child abuse to highlight the magnitude of such behavior and to make a statement that the church was against the abuse.
Politicians will not change certain things for obvious reasons, but when the church is united and move beyond their particular distinctive and come together in a unified manner, it will be such a potent force that those who think that they are powerful will be afraid.
Christians can follow the example of a German pastor by the name of Bonhoeffer. Germany was in a state of moral degeneration and corruption and he stood up against Hitler. He subsequently lost his life by way of execution, but he saved the lives of many Jews in the process.
Real and meaningful change will never come to our beloved country until the church comes to a place of taking its rightful position in the country. Remember, a man called John Knox of Scotland, it said that the queen was very much afraid of his prayers. I call on the church and its leaders to speak out against evil, godlessness, and not worry about the consequences. Our help still comes from the Lord and He is still Protector and Provider. For 40 years He provided food, water, protector in the desert for Israel and since He has not changed, He will do so for those who are called by His name.
Finally, here the words of Jesus himself in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul; but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”