Monday, March 16, 2009

The ANC connection at Rhema is dangerous

Some would argue that our president in waiting needs all the prayers he can get. His most recent prayer session was at Rhema. From news releases it seems however that church members was not to keen to host ANC president. The question was when and where do we cross the line between party politics and using the pulpit of the church as a soapbox, and an honest public ministry to the leaders of the country. Evidently Rhema's leadership goes for a cosy relationship with the one which is destined to become South Africa's next president.

Of course even presidents need the Lord. Jacob Zuma. With all the court cases against him and the negative publicity around his views on sex and women, he needs maybe more then the ordinary you and me. Apparently he also came out for prayer and was prayed for by pastor Ray and maybe this could bode well for Rhema's fortunes. Hallelujah! The difficulty is when the pulpit is being used for the sanctioning of one political party, in the midst of a robust election campaign. It's not right for a church to be too closely associated with government, but more-so, it is dangerous when a church endorse one political party. This also brings me to another point: pastors should willingly lay down their status as a pastor when they enter party politics. So, the ANC connection at Rhema is dangerous.



Cobus said...

Maybe the extreme separation of religion and politics we found in the Afrikaner community after '94 makes me sensitive on this, but the danger of endorsing a political party can lead to a point where nothing may be said on what is going on. Can churches say anything on problematic policies of certain parties? Does theology have anything to say on how we vote?

Oh, and just on a side note, I notice that the Vryheidsfront is seriously breaking the religion/politics divide of the Afrikaner people...

Reggie said...

Yes, but it seems as if Rhema doesn't have a particular or clearly articulated theology on the relation between church and state. In this case it might simply be a matter of expediency, lining ourselves up next to the president in waiting. This could hurt them later. I think we should speak out, as church, as long we don't simply align ourselves with one party or with the throne.

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