By Nthungo YaAfrika
RELIGION simply means a system of beliefs in and worship of a supernatural power or god.
This means religion is not about worshipping the Creator only, but everyone and everything that has supernatural power.
Therefore, being religious has nothing to do with being devout or conscientious of following the statutes, precepts and ordinances of Yahweh.
The institutions of religion are churches, mosques and temples, among others; buildings that religious people congregate in.
Politics, on the other hand, means a person’s beliefs about how a country should be governed, winning and using power to govern society.
Religion and politics have the same denominators which are called ‘beliefs which accepted as true or real, with the imprint and opinion that I am always right’, and because of these common denominators, their history is bloody and vengeful.
Forgiveness, to these two, is anathema.
Having gone this far, which of the two can claim to be more ‘righteous’ than the other?
Religion does not tolerate politics that is not democratic, yet within its ranks democracy is no tolerated.
Between the two, who can advise the other about good governance, tolerance and peaceful co-existence?
Because religion and politics are about ‘beliefs’ which are an opinion, they always lack knowledge and understanding of Yahweh, which is the bedrock of universal peace. Knowledge and understanding of Yahweh is simply following the greatest commandments which Yeshua in Matthew 22: 37-40 said were: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second like unto it is this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, On these two commandments the whole law hangeth, and the prophets.”
I liken the above two to Luke 18: 9-14: “And he spake also this parable unto certain who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and set others at nought: Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee (religion), and the other a publican (politics). The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself; God, I thank thee, that I am not as the rest of men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in a week; I give tithes of all that I get. But the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote his breast, saying: God, be thou merciful to me a sinner. I say unto you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone that exalteth himself shall be humbled; but he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.”
Politics can humble itself and repent because it does not see itself as a vehicle of Yahweh as compared to religion, which sees itself as a representative of Yahweh.
The sins that the Pharisee (religion) mentions that are committed by the publican (politics) are not as as evil as those committed by religion.
1 Corinthians 5:1-2 says: “It is actually reported that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not even among the Gentiles, that one of you hath his father’s wife.
And ye are puffed up, and did not rather mourn, that he that had done this deed might be taken away from among you.”
During the time of the Son of Mary, religion and politics were like fraternal twins, with religion holding sway over politics.
Politics has always been shortsighted as far as religion is concerned.
Since time immemorial, religion has always been hypocritical.
A case in point is when religion used politics to shed the blood of the Son of Mary.
Religion can easily delve in politics but does not want politics to delve in religion unless politics is ordained by religion.
That is why many African politicians are now attending theological colleges to be ordained so that they can be acceptable to religion.
This also paves the way for religion to enter the political arena without hiding behind politics.
This makes politics a willing tool of religion because the majority of people, being adherents of religion, suffer from what I call self-acquired voluntary ignorance syndrome (SAVIS), and these can be used by religion to derail politics if it becomes too ambitious.
SAVIS, as concerning the word of Yahweh, is a sin because in Matthew 7: 7-8, the Son of Mary says: “Ask it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find; knock it shall be opened unto you; for everyone that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”
Religion has lost its bargaining power in the so-called First World because people know about its ghastly, manupulative, extortionist and murderous past and it’s present hypocritical behaviour.
In Third World countries, it still holds sway and arrogates to itself the role of kingmaker in the political arena because of its claims of the power of prophesy and the ability to make the poor rich.
Because of these two, politics is forced to subordinate to religion.
The Son of Mary was always against religion because of its hypocritical tendencies. (Matthew 23:13-36, headlined ‘Pharisiasm exposed’).
This is what white (Tambou) corrupted religion did to the motherland as spoken by the Son of Mary: “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you compass sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he is become so, ye make him two fold more a son of hell than yourselves. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and anise and cummin and have left undone the weightier matters of the law, Justice and Mercy, and Faith; but these you aught to have done, and not to have left the other undone. Ye blind guides, that strain out the gnat, and swallow the camel.”
The Son of Mary talks fleetingly about politics in Matthew 22: 17-19 about Caesar.
It’s also mentioned in John 19:12, John 19:15 and Acts: 25:11.
Mark 3:6 shows how religion was always influencing politics: “And the Pharisees (religion) went out and straightway with the Herodians (politics) took counsel against him, how they might destroy him.”
From the foregoing, religion has always been against the truth.
Herod (politics) is also mentioned in Matthew 2, Matthew 14 verse: 1-3, Mark 6: 14-29 and Luke 3: 18-20.
Religion has always exalted itself above politics, yet, according to the evidence above, they are different images on the same coin.
None is holier than the other.
If politics on the motherland can decouple itself from religion and repent directly, not through religion, maybe peace and sanity can prevail on the motherland.
We are in this sad, untenable situation, treated as scum of humanity, not because of politics but because of religion that was imposed on the motherland.
This corrupted religion, blessed slavery and colonialism imposed on us, and it’s mandate is now being driven by indigenous people answering to their foreign religious handlers.
Some might say, but we have independent indigenous African churches that are not controlled by foreign handlers.
My answer to this is, as long as they don’t tell their adherents that white (Tambou) Holy Bible is the corrupted version of MAAT, the word of Yahweh penned by our ancestors, they are also controlled.
African politics is also umbilically connected to foreign handlers, but can easily exonerate itself, because it does not have the ‘holier than thou attitude of African religion’.
The problem of African politics is that it thinks white Tambou-imposed religion on the motherland is nearer to Yahweh, yet it is the diametric opposite.
African religion must stop intimidating politics before it cleanses itself of all human vices that are found in politics. Matthew 7: 3-5 says: “And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considereth not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother: Let me cast out the mote out of thine own eye: and lo the beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out the beam out of thine own eye, and shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.”
And the same chapter, Verse 1- 2 says: “Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged; and with what measures ye mete, it shall be measured unto you.”
African religion has failed to follow Yahweh’s laws as seen in 1 Corinthians 6: 1-9: “Dare any of you, having a matter against his neighbour, go to law before unrighteous, and not the saints?
Or know ye that the saints shall judge the world? And if the world is judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge smallest matters? Know ye not we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life?
If then ye have to judge things pertaining to this life, do ye set them to judge who are of no account in the church?
I say this to move you to shame.
What, cannot there be found among you one wise man who shall be able to decide between his brethren, but brother goeth to law with brother, and that before unbelievers?
Nay, already it is altogether a defect in you, that ye have lawsuits one with another.
Why not be rather take wrong? Why not rather be defrauded?
Nay but ye yourselves do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren. Or know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”
Yes, African independent churches, when at sixes and sevens, go to courts of African politics to solve their disputes, yet they hold themselves above politics.
Who is being fooled here?
As far as I am concerned, African independent churches have no right to preach moral values to African politics because their house has no moral values.
African politics on the other hand must not be intimidated by African independent churches as they are on the same coin but have different images.
As I alluded above, they are fraternal twins.
The gist here is: On the motherland, religion is a lion in a sheep’s skin while politics are a wolf in sheep’s skin.
Of the two, which is nearer to Heaven’s door?
Food for thought.
Nthungo YaAfrika, aka J.L. Mtembo, is a Hamite who strongly believes in the motherland renaissance.
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