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Should men of God entangle themselves in politics?

Dictionary definition of politicking, is to be engaged in political act-ivity, such as seeking vot-es. Politicking is an act of intrigues and manoeu-vres. A politician, therefo-re, is one who seeks the vot-es of the electorates throu-gh intrigues and manoeu-vres. Jesus made it very clear that His disciples are not of this world, even as He was not of this world.

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And we all know that po-liticking is of the world, and it is not of God but of the devil, who is the prince of this world and its vain-glories. Jesus Christ resist-ed every temptation of the devil, to entice Him with the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them—Matthew 4:8-10. Jesus also resisted every attempt by the people to make Him a king by force—John 6:15.

In Judges 9:7-15, Joth-am, one of the sons of Gid-eon, spake this parable: “The trees went forth on a time to anoint a king over them; and they said unto the olive tree, Reign thou over us. But the olive tree said unto them, Should I leave my fatness, where-with by me they honour God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees?

And the trees said to the fig tree, Come thou, and reign over us. But the fig tree said unto them, Should I forsake my sweetness, and my good fruit, and go to be promoted over the trees? Then said the trees unto the vine, Co-me thou, and reign over us. And the vine said unto them, Should I leave my wine, which cheereth God and man, and go to be pro-moted over the trees?  Then said all the trees unto the bramble, Come thou, and reign over us.

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And the bra-mble said unto the trees, If in truth ye anoint me king over you, then come and put your trust in my shad-ow: and if not, let fire come out of the bramble, and de-vour the cedars of Leban-on.”  The olive tree, the fig tree and the vine tree, in this parable, are symbolic and can be likened to those men of God, who have a divine calling in God’s vin-eyard and who recognize the importance of a life of consecration to their divi-ne assignment and so, will not want to be distracted from their divine assign-ment by any other earthly assignment.

The bramble in this para-ble can be likened to any-one without divine calling in the Lord’s vineyard, and so, will not mind to get him-self involved in politick-ing. Men of God, who act-ually have a divine calling, are soldiers, who have been chosen by Jesus, the Com-mander of the army of hea-ven. They are always at war with the unseen for-ces of the land, and so, if they must please Jesus, they cannot entangle the-mselves in the affairs of this life, one of which is politi-ckin—II Timothy 2:4. PRI-DE OF LIFE, which is not of God but of the world, and the love of money is the root of the evil of politicking.

Any man of God, who is in politics, cannot escape the friendship of the world, and being a friend of the world. Such a man of God is an adulterer and an enemy of God—James 4:4. And he cannot inherit the kingdom of God—I Corith-ians 6:9. Jesus said, in John 18:36, that His kingdom was not of this world. So also the kingdom of genuine men of God and of all the saints of God, is not of this world. Their kingdom is yet to come, when they shall reign with Christ as kings and priests—Revelat-ion 5:10.

Genuine men of God, and genuine Christians who are into politicking, and who desire to enter heaven, are therefore warned by the Almighty God, to come out from amongst these po-liticians and be separate, and never to touch their unclean thing. For what fellowship has righteous-ness with unrighteousness and what communion ha-th light with darkness or what concord has Christ with Belial or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel, thus questioned the Spirit of God in II Corinthians 6:14-18. But if they refuse and rebel against the Spirit of truth, that is giving them this warning, they shall be de-voured with the sword; for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it—Isaiah 1:20.

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