Why didnt Jesus get involved in politics?
September 22, 2010 11:55pm CST
In the year 32 C.E, Jesus performed many miracles even resurrecting the dead, he prays to his father and miraculously feeds many people. After listening to his teachings and seeing his miracles, the people conclude that Jesus would be a perfect king. Knowing they were about to come and seize him to make him king, Jesus withdrew into the mountain all alone-John 6:15. He refused to get involved in the politics of his homeland and said that his followers are to do the same-John 17:16. What do you think are the reasons for him doing so? 1) Man has dominated man to his injury - Ecclesiastes 8:9. He knew that man, however well meaning, lacks the ability to care for the needs of billions of people and the solution to man's problems lay in God's kingdom, not in human governments. 2) The whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one- 1 John 5:19. 3) My kingdom is no part of this world- John 18:36
24 Sep 10
...Because Christ's mission in this world was not on governing a state or to be the leader of a nation, making earthly laws, passing bills, or resolutions, or making ordinances. His task was far greater than that, and His kingdom not on this Earth. So why would he bother about the kingdom that isn't His? I mean, logically speaking. But because He came down to Earth, to be amongst men, he was as subjected to the laws as the regular people were. But that doesn't mean he participated in politics or became a politician. He encouraged us to abide by the laws of the Earth because that is one way of exercising our spirituality and righteousness.
25 Sep 10
I don't see anything wrong with us, human beings, joining and participating in politics as long as the intentions for doing so is to serve and unite the people. That should be the essence of why people lead. The problem is, politics has become so dirty that we can barely trust anyone anymore.
24 Sep 10
Yes you are right, God kingdom is no part of the world, in fact Jesus commanded us not to love the world, let's read it in 1 John 2:15 "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him" Jesus came to teach the gospel not to get involve in politics.
23 Sep 10
It was not entirely true that he stayed away from politics. It was inevitable and there is one line in the Bible that proves it. Matthew 22:21 "Give to Caesar what is Caesar's and give to God what is God's" he chose to flee from politics because it was not in his mission to intervene into politics but instead... Human Life. God did not care about governing the riches of the earth. He was more interested in governing the souls of the Human race for it is in this that his destiny lies... the very reason for His existence in the human flesh. God wanted to save the people from eternal damnation and not eternal poverty. The previous commenter said "Separation of Church and State." Indeed, we can say that God laid the foundation for this in Matthew 22:21. It was not his job to govern the state... it was Caesar's. His kingdom did indeed, not lie in the earth but in a kingdom we all know as heaven... which is not a real pace if that is what you're thinking. His kingdom is the state of which we are all united with Him forever.
25 Sep 10
I have to agree that Jesus was a person who respects the law of a country, and that is one of the many examples he set for us to follow, to respect authority. Coming to his government, it definitely is a heavenly Government, but it would rule the earth, i found these verses assuring that very soon all the earth would be a paradise under Christ's rule. “The righteous themselves will possess the earth, and they will reside forever upon it.” (Psalm 37:29). “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” Matthew 5:5. Once again, the earth is to be a lasting reward for the faithful. “As regards the heavens, to Jehovah the heavens belong, but the earth he has given to the sons of men-Psalm 115:16. “A generation is going, and a generation is coming; but the earth is standing even to time indefinite.”—Ecclesiastes 1:4; 1 Chronicles 16:30; Isaiah 45:18.
2 Oct 10
I think it depends on how one defines politics. Since my definition of 'politics' is broad I would say Jesus was into politics. There is a book by Howard Yoder called The Politics of Jesus where he argued that Jesus played a different kind of politics unlike the Sadduccees or Herodians. Jesus calling his disciples and gathering them around himself is a political act... speaking about a new Kingdom is political too.