What does religion have to do with politics?

MANY politicians would prefer spiritual leaders and spiritual people have nothing to say about economics or politics.

But Indian spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi said those who said religion had nothing to do with politics did not know what religion was.

Gandhi pointed to the direct and deliberate political actions of Buddha, who fearlessly brought down an arrogant priesthood, and to Christ, who drove out the money changers from the temple.

Politics without principles was one of the “seven blunders of the world’’, according to Gandhi. The others were wealth without work, commerce without morality, worship without sacrifice, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character and science without humanity.

He said people should take only what they need. There were enough resources for the world’s need, but not for the world’s greed.

Gandi said Jesus knew the world about him. “He is himself the greatest economist of all time…he was the most active resister known perhaps to history. His was non-violence par excellence.”

Jesus’ name has been linked to many anti-establishment movements. But the original Jesus revolution was something unique. He was a spiritual revolutionary who touched lepers, dined with social outcasts and said the first would be last and the last would be first in God’s kingdom. He respected existing order while preaching a different one.

But he disrupted business at the Jerusalem Temple, insulted the pompous religious leaders of his day and said material riches on earth weren’t worth much compared to riches in heaven.

His revolution was marked by service to others and turning the other cheek, not with swords and bombs and guns. He proved that social change could only occur when hearts were changed.

Jesus would surely have sympathy with the modern-day protestors’ complaint that the poorest on the planet have too little and the richest far too much. He would be dismayed, but not surprised, by corruption and greed.

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21 thoughts on “What does religion have to do with politics?

  1. Can I ask for prayers once more. One of my sisters is going through turmoil as she has been through a lot in her life and has come through a very violent situation intact physically but I think mentally/emotionally/spiritually she is confused and struggling. Another of my sisters contacted me as they live in a different state as she is worried. My prayers are that she will stop seeking answers everywhere but with Jesus. I hope you will pray with me that through the Holy Spirit she will be lead back to Him and find comfort in His arms. Thanks Bryan xo

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  2. Politics without principles, wealth without work, commerce without morality, worship without sacrifice, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character and science without humanity – the seven blunders of the world! May Gandhi be remembered for such wisdom, and not for the faults that many point to.

    Like Mandela and others, including some Old Testament characters too, we don’t have to be perfect to serve God.

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  3. “Politics without principles was one of the “seven blunders of the world’’, according to Gandhi. The others were wealth without work, commerce without morality, worship without sacrifice, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character and science without humanity. ”

    Perfectly worded.

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  4. Politicians say “I BELIEVE” more than most religious people do .
    And most have some sort of Lawyer back ground.
    And Lawyers are a branch of priests who decided to go freelance rather than enforcement of the religious orders by being paid directly from the rich .

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  5. Ghandi was absolutely wrong in referencing Christ’s action against the money lenders because:
    – Christ said “My kingdom is not of this world”
    – Christ did not drive out the publicans or instigate a political movement to abolish tax collectors from society. In fact He went to the extreme opposite when He paid an unjust tax with a coin found in the mouth of a fish.
    – Christ specifically drove out the money changers from the temple because it was inappropriate for them to be there. The temple was meant to be a house of house of prayers for all nations instead of a place of business transactions.
    – There was an attempt to make Jesus king, which He killed immediately.

    Once again, people ignore the Bible to create a Christ in their own image instead of reading the Bible and letting Christ transform them in His own image.

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  6. What does religion have to do with politics?
    Religions are the product of politics .
    When any group pf people gather behind closed doors and keep things secret it is “POLITICS” the aim is to elevate themselves and the masses not to know their being shafted .
    To “BELIEVE” otherwise only shows your gullibility in being swayed by the drab and spin . That,s why they wear costumes .

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    • I dont know, Bryan,
      Religion in or out of politics? Well a little while back we were debating whether the law of our land, DETERMINED BY POLITICIANS AND THEIR PARLIAMENT, are based on the Ten Commandments you know.
      Rian.

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    • The Dark Ages !
      They have not ended .
      We have way to many people looking backward and fantasizing about some “MYSTICAL” dream .
      The mentality of people today is exactly as it was twenty thousand year back .
      How far forward would one have to go to find a end to the madness ?
      At this rate the dark ages might start to end in another twenty thousand years.
      There is zero movement in moving on when the world is looked upon by the majority it is a test of snippets of hell to judge so they can be rewarded .

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      • bryanpattersonfaithworks
        on October 8, 2014 at 21:42 said:
        Ha Ha!

        That is troubling !
        You read into my post your own words “AGAIN”
        So much so that you failed to grasp the humor
        Alternatively you still don’t see the humor .
        A joke is no longer funny when you have to point it out to one who can not see it instantly .

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