Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Of Religion and Politics in May 2010 Election

Here are the FACTS:

Here comes election again in the Philippines, and there’s a religious group whose support is desperately sought by candidates who wants to increase their chance of winning. And why not? That religious group boasts up to 2 Million registered voters comprising 3% of the entire voting population. And even more interesting is the bloc voting command following. The religious group votes solidly on the endorsed candidates. The past elections shows 70 to 80% of the members really vote for the one endorsed by their leader.

You may argue that 3% is such a small difference but in close matches, the groups’ bloc vote may spell the name of the game. Yes, that group has grown to be a powerful influence during elections.

Here is my OPINION:

I asked one of my friends who is a member of that religious group and he mentioned a reason why he will follow their leader’s endorsement. And the reason is: It will be SIN to God if he didn't. That is based on their belief that their leader is the sent by God.

I will admit that I don’t fully understand why they have such a strong following. But based on my knowledge of the Bible, I had these questions in my mind:

Why would Jesus Christ decline the offer to make him King of Israelites? It would be a really good idea if he will be king because of his attitude and his abilities.

John 6:14-15 (New International Version)
14After the people saw the miraculous sign that Jesus did, they began to say, "Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world." 15Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.

Does this Bible passage shows Christ as an example of separation of Church and State?

One more thing…

I just noticed that those countries in which religion and state are clearly separated have a more peaceful politics and have better election process. For example: United States.

Let me know you thoughts…

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