Monday, October 28, 2013

Church and Politics

I shouldn't keep quiet and like Elihu with Job's friends until when he could no longer hold it (Job 32:6 ff) or to wait when am rather perfect- or that the conditions are; but allow me to drop these reflections on Church and Politics:

1. Martin Lurther would never have led a reformation from the Roman Catholics if he waited for proper church conditions;he still led a reformation anyway...
2. Martin Luther King- would still be waiting for the Church to agree with his dream ( he was opposed by more than 80% of the Church establishment at the time when he made his key note address 'i have a dream' on 28th August 1963), Most of the Black and White Pastors compared him to a communist anti-Christ because of his dream for justice that challenged all forms of unfairness ( the CIA Chief called him the devil incarnate) but he still dreamt....
3. Gandhi's method of work was not only opposed by the Colonial Government but also the religion that he professed, he still worked anyway....
4. Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu are popular not because they took the correct line of apartheid or that their organizations were clean. They simply confronted injustice anyway...
5. Corrie ten Bonnie family was lost in Nazi prison because they chose to keep Jews in their house despite the clear danger issued including the risk of death
6.Gitari, Mukuba David the third African archbishop of Kenya and bishop of the diocese of Nairobi in the Anglican Church of Kenya was only honored by those who threw stones to him when he recently died.he advocated anyway...
7. Our own Archbishop Janan Luwum who was killed on 16th Feb, late Bishop Festo and so many local priests and leaders stood against injustice and abuse by Amin regime in all its forms;they fought anyway...
8. In Zimbabwe pro ZANU and anti ZANU Bishops facilitated a crash of supporters because they were not looking at 'politics of justice' but 'politics of bread'-which is the source of our Ugandan Church-Political question.

Many arguments for the Church not to be part of politics is therefore more to do with politics of bread and politics of justice rather than that the political nature of the militant church (apolitical ?).

I also think that if Peter and John had allowed their message to be stifled by the establishment we would have ended as a Church in Chapter 4 of the book of Acts and the organized Sanhedrin in charge of religion and politics.

Had John the Baptist chosen to keep quiet on the sin Herod had committed, he would have kept his head- but as we know he confronted the powers that be including the brutal Roman soldiers-

The Church in Rwanda is still licking the wounds of genocide simply because the temple of justice- which in real terms is the church handed over the victims to be massacred instead of protecting them even if it is to death; Apparently Moslems protected their 'brothers and sisters' irrespective of whether they were Tutsis or Hutus- (religious identity overpowering the tribal.

And one can go on..... so in my view to think that we cannot decry the injustice that confronts us is to avoid duty- what we ought to do as it may be. The only question should be not whether but how... and for me that is the biggest challenge. We may reject some methods but we cannot reject our duty to advocate for justice.... then what would the Church be there for?

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