Out of inconsideration of what goes on in the environment, those identifying themselves as Christians advocate for introversion. They assume that goodness is associated with minding one’s own business, without caring about what happens in the environment. However, that describes the opposite of Christianity. That was not the behaviour of the author of Christianity.
The common advice to ordinary Christians is: “Leave politics to politicians and concentrate on attending Church services.” This describes today’s Christians who are regarded as “good,” and acceptable to society. Christianity is interpreted as referring to one’s own life, without considering the plight of others. Such Christians are commonly admired by non-Christians.
It remains mysterious that people can declare being Christians and yet portray the opposite of what Jesus taught. They are commonly unwilling to unpack the significance of Christianity. The esteemed Pastors carry their own assumptions of what Jesus expects of them. The understanding of ordinary Christians is that Christ expects them to love, only those belonging to their respective denominations.
Today’s Christians are not concerned about widows, living under unacceptable conditions. They feel justified when erroneously behaving ignobly, supporting bad governance. To them, Christianity means obedience. However, that viewpoint could not have invited problems for Jesus, leading to His crucifixion. Jesus had to be crucified in place of a notorious malcontent, Barabbas (John 18:39-40).
Needed in times of distress, are willing Christians, on Jesus’ side, without protecting their personal interests. Christianity is not about considering one’s dignity when turning a blind eye to the existent evil. True Christianity invites more enemies than friends. The natural tendency for sinful humanity is to avoid confronting the government when violating God’s laws.
“So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven. Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.
“For I have come to turn ‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’ Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it” (Matthew 10:31-39 NIV).
Willingness to be identified as controversial, when standing up for the truth, does not appeal to common Christians. Most Christians are willing to die for the pastor, rather than die for the ill-treated humanity. This refers to Christians who feel comfortable when pampered with praises, by Pastors. The support of pastors from ordinary Christians is derived from preaching what those Christians want to hear.
Most Pastors are so careful, as not to offend those faithfully giving their tithes. The term “politics,” itself, is accurately defined as involved with getting and using power in public life and being able to influence decisions that affect a country and society. This can be classified as noble, but cannot be attractive to spineless characters. It requires strong-willed individuals.