ISBN 9789996025303
Pages 412
Dimensions 210 x 148mm
Published 2022
Publisher Kachere Series, Malawi
Format Paperback

Christians in Active Politics

The 'Why and How' of Christians' Active Participation in the Secular Political Affairs

by Mzee Hermann Yokoniah Mvula

Some Christians may be uncomfortable to think of Jesus as being political, since the word "politics" or "political" has evolved to have negative overtones and connotations in our world today, particularly in Africa, where this monograph from the Department of Theology and Religious Studies of the University of Malawi has originated. Christians often argue that their commission or job description does not include the political process, which is the way a society conducts its public affairs. However Jesus, beginning with his temptation as in the gospels of Matthew and Luke, showed the people who would follow him what it means to do God's will. The third temptation, conceived of in this study as a political temptation for power, is the rational behind the arguments made in this study, which begins by positing that the message of Jesus was not politically neutral and therefore Christianity, as a super culture must be active in all sectors affecting social concerns, if it is to truly be the change agent who Christ believes it to be. It goes on to define and describe what it means to say that the message of Jesus was political and lays out the biblical, theological, ethical, and experiential rationale for Christians' active participation in the secular political arena.

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"This book challenges Christians to take up the affairs of the government seriously. It demonstrates that governance for Christians is a divine calling for those who feel to be in frontline politics. The book inspires a new way of doing politics for Christians as it shows why Christians should take up political vocation and how they should participate in secular political affairs of their nation"

Rev. Prof. Augustine Chigwala Musopole, PhD, Author of "Being Human in Africa: Towards an African Christian Anthropology"

About the Author

Mzee Hermann Yokoniah Mvula

Mzee Hermann Yokoniah Mvula is a Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies at Chancellor College, University of Malawi.