Christian Comment


The year 2014 already carries a heavy weight of international political crises. Syria is a long standing conflict with over one million displaced refugees. The Ukraine is the latest conflict; elsewhere, conflicts in Africa, Egypt, and Thailand grow.


Some Kiwis believe that this is none of our business – and change TV channels. In New Zealand the divorce of religion and politics has been encouraged – by political leaders and by some elements in the churches. This cannot and should not be done!


Christians, Jews, and Moslems, have holy books, and historic insistence, not to ignore politics. In our Old Testament prophets read the signs of world events to better guide their people. To name just two: the prophet Isaiah witnessed the Assyrian Empire overrunning the Middle East; the prophet Jeremiah witnessed the rise of Babylon – and its fall.


As for Jesus – his ministry was…

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