Posted on Apr 14, 2014 in Faith Debates by Rob Rennie 2 Comments
Rob Rennie As a wise man and brother once said, be covered with prayer at all times.
Shortcake Apr 19 2014 - 4:42 pm Reply
In your YouTube clip, your objection to Jehovah’s Witnesses not getting involved with politics not being “Christian” does not make sense to me, since the Bible says Jesus ran away when the people of his day wanted him to become involved in politics, wanted him to be King. Jehovah’s Witnesses share Jesus’ position that their Kingdom (or government) is no part of this current world. Why would it be wrong to run away from any involvement with this world’s politics, if it was okay for Jesus to do so?
Perhaps it might help you to understand our reasoning if you think of Jehovah’s Witnesses like “ambassadors” for that Kingdom government with Jesus as their King… As you know, ambassadors may reside in lands ruled by other governments, but they do not take part in the political process of those governments, as they belong to a DIFFERENT government and work for it.
Another reason not to get involved with worldly politics is that the Bible makes clear that Satan is the ruler of this world. (Otherwise, how could he had tempted Jesus with all the kingdoms (governments) of this world? Also, when Daniel was praying, remember that an angel told him that he was delayed by a demonic angel from an Earthly government, who tried to stop him.) Rather than work from the top of this world’s governments down to accomplish good, Jehovah’s Witnesses prefer to copy how Christ Jesus trained his disciples to instead make a grass-roots effort to change things individual by individual, family by family, reaching the HEART.
Also, please keep in mind that our ministry is world-wide. If we got involved with the politics of one particular country, wouldn’t that make it harder for us to reach the hearts of people in a different country? Or immigrants within a country? Or Republicans vs. Democrats if we were to take sides? Why foster such political resentment when it is their SPIRITUAL well-being we should be concerned with, not the politics of whatever country we are preaching and teaching in.
Why polish the brass on the Titanic? Daniel 2:44 clearly foretells that Satan’s world is going to be replaced by God’s Kingdom government, on a world-wide scale.
With all of the above in mind, I feel it is more Christian to follow the way Christ accomplished good, by avoiding politics and directly helping the people. Sure, it might not get you the most media attention, but it is Christ’s example we should follow, not what is popular. Politics has become like a religion to more and more people, in rivalry to true worship of God. Psalm 146:3 is one example of how the Bible tries to warn us not to put our trust in such things.
This being said, the doing of good and the helping of the poor and those in need are being done by Jehovah’s Witnesses. We are often among the very first to bring relief during a disaster and have an active ministry work in prisons and we help people family-by-family where we see a true need. But, it’s never under compulsion and the SPIRITUAL help takes priority over the physical. If that way was good enough for Jesus, I feel that’s how it should be, with the spiritual teaching taking priority. Giving people HOPE for the future is certainly what the GOOD NEWS of God’s Kingdom that Jesus preached was all about! It had nothing to do with politics, which is so often a nasty, cut-throat business.
Shortcake Apr 19 2014 - 4:28 pm Reply
All you have to do to prove that you are incorrect and that Jehovah’s Witnesses DO believe that Jesus is indeed the Son of God is to read chapter 3 “Who is Jesus?” of their Bible Course book, “What Does The Bible Really Teach?” and you will see that they certainly do believe Jesus is the Son of God. (You can download the book free on JW.org) I want to give you the benefit of the doubt as to why you would air such a falsehood, and am assume that perhaps you were so thrown by hearing another title for Jesus used (Arch Angel) that you jumped to the wrong conclusion about their other beliefs? If so, an apology is in order and that You Tube clip should either be corrected or removed, please. Thank you.
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