MAN OF GOD INVOLVEMENT IN POLITICS AND IN GOVT SERVICES
Isa 62:3 Thou shall also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.
The relationship between Man of God and politics is historically a complex subject.
Most of the Christians are believe that our Christianity is only restricted to lead a spiritual life and church life .But according to the word of God we can see so many bible references’ gives us a clear mandate that Christian leaders should get involved in local governance of the particular country.
Our AIIC-Diocese mission and passion is to develop God loving people in different government Departments and politicians for good governance.
As a Man of God we preach and practice Bible and teachings of Jesus Christ.
LUKE 13:32 -: And he said unto them, go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.
The above Reference clearly shows Jesus Christ courage and Boldness correcting the local governance .Based on the above reference AIIC Diocese taken the responsibility to start a Christian political party in India. To fight against injustices toward the Christian community
Appeal to All Men of God-:
The gospel is a holistic message with implications in every area of our lives
including how a man of God should engage in politics.
Chosen-:1COR 12:28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
The Christian mind set in India has wrong illusion that Christians should not engage in politics. Which they think that it will distract them from mission of the church. However, this is a limited understanding of the Kingdom of God and contrary to examples in Scripture.
In the bible provides a comprehensive understanding of reality. It speaks to all areas of life, including political engagement.
The Bible speaks about civil government and provides examples of faithful engagement. In the Old Testament, Joseph and Daniel served in the government. Exerting influence to further the flourishing of their nations.
In the New Testament Jesus engaged in holistic ministry, caring for the spiritual
And physical needs of people. Feeding the hungry and healing diseases were an
out working and extension of the reconciliatory message of the gospel.
Politics are unavoidable. -:
In previous scenario there were many missionaries frequently entries in India for crusades and evangelism. As the time passes, In India there were more stringent rules against Christian missionaries. This has only happened because there were no elected members in our constitutional bodies.
Ask a pastor in an underground church or a missionary attempting to access a closed country if politics are inconsequential. Religious liberty, passports and visas are not unnecessary luxuries but are often vital for pastors and missionaries seeking to preach and teach the gospel.
PERSECUTION AT A GLANCE
Christians remain one of the most persecuted religious groups in the India . While Christian persecution takes many forms, it is defined as any hostility experienced as a result of identification with Christ. Christian torture remains an issue for believers throughout India including the risk of imprisonment, loss of home and assets, physical torture, rape and even death as a result of their faith.
In India The Anti-Christian radical nationalists view followers of Jesus Christ as alien to the India, Christians in India are suffering persecution. Driven by a desire to stop the Gospel work and growing Christianity .
To achieve their prime agenda, the Anti-Christian elements and pro Hindus
Has created wrong impression in the society ,that Christians and Men of God are doing religious conversation. And misusing the anti-conversion laws, religious laws, administration, and police to deprive freedom of religion to Christians. Brutal violence is often inflicted on Christian believers by Hindu Extremists, who eventually go unpunished because they have complete protection by the government. As a result, we continue to see a constant rise in Christian persecution.
Since the current ruling party took power in 2014, attacks have increased, and Hindu radicals believe they can attack Christians with no consequences. As a result, Christians have been targeted by Hindu nationalist extremists more and more each year. The view of the nationalists is that to be Indian is to be Hindu, so any other faith—including Christianity—is considered non-Indian. Additionally, in some regions of the country, converts to Christianity from Hinduism experience extreme persecution, discrimination and violence.
Even Christian charities that are non-evangelistic in nature are having trouble surviving the current climate in India, where their ability to receive international funding is dependent on government approval.
Converts to Christianity from Hinduism bear the brunt of the Christian persecution in India and are constantly under pressure by the state, their community and their families to return to Hinduism (especially via campaigns knows as ghar wapsi– which means “homecoming”). These Christians are often physically assaulted and killed.
On June 19, 2018, five Christian women (aged 20 to 35) were performing a street play in Jharkhand when they were abducted and then gang raped in a forest. Police stated that the assault was also allegedly filmed on cell phones.
Nevertheless, India’s World Watch List violence “score” for violence is extreme, rising from 14.4 in 2018 to 15.2 in 2019. More Christians were killed in India than last year, and the number of churches attacked increased substantially from 34 last year to 98 this year.
Looking at the statistics, it’s evident and undeniable that Christians in India are and have been for quite some time the targets of Christian-based torture, persecution, and oppression at the hands of their fellow countrymen.
Christian non-government organizations (NGOs) are targeted for detailed interrogation by various government departments (such as the income tax office and intelligence bureaus) in attempts to find faults and accuse them of being involved in anti-national activity (especially concerning conversions to Christianity).
A call and Appeal to Christian NRIs around the world.
There are about 3.10 crore NRIs living in different countries across the world.
Indians to use proxy voting 10,000 to 12,000 overseas voters have exercised their franchise because they do not want to spend foreign currency to come to India and vote. But only 10m have retained Indian citizenship and classify as Non-Resident Indians, or NRIs.
We’re like a start-up company with no funds so anything we can scramble together is of tremendous value,
We are looking for Christian NRIs who can support us and be as a team member in everything from raising funds to campaign strategy.
There are a large number of wealthy Indians living abroad, in the US and the UK in particular. Altogether there are some 180,000 Indian millionaires overseas, worth a total $634bn, according to data provider Wealth Insight.
A citizen of India who has not taken citizenship of any other country can register to vote in their home constituency even if they have moved away, say for work or education, according to the Representation of the People (Amendment) Act, 2010.
The Indian Christians in constitutional bodies -:
After India Independents there no major electoral Christian positions in our parliament and Assembles in all our 29 states .According to Indian constitution there has to be only one Member of Parliament and one Rajya Sabha member One Anglo Indian MLA in each 29 states.
Because of this less margin of MP’S and MLS’s seats from Anglo Indian community they could not boldly raise their voices in both upper and Lower houses’ of parliament and solve our issues ,many parts of these states there is no representative from Anglo Indian community. That allocation of these MP’s &MLA’S seats goes wasted.
In all the 29 states there are many regional parties and National parties are only bias to their own agendas, We were not given seats & opportunities to contest in our local elections. Thus there is no proper forum or bold voice to fight for our Christian community rights.
We as AIIC Diocese take these responsibilities on it shoulders that it will equipped, empower and raise Christian principles leaders, politicians and bureaucrats in forming regional and National Governments for upcoming elections. We have a pan network across India. And God has enabled us and empowered us to lead strong highly motivated team of Leaders and upcoming politicians who will contest in regional and National politics.
We believe by participating and contesting in these politics the doors for the Gospel and evangelism will be opened across the National wide.
Appeal to Christian community -:
Let us all come together and join in this great movement for our God and for our Nation. Let us make great difference, by impacting and by supporting with our recourse’s that God has given us.
In your Service
ArchBishop. Raghavan. Harry. Sebastian.
MA, B.Ed, LLB, LLM, DD.
Phone: +91 9394326000.
Email: a[email protected]