CHRISTIANS AND POLITICS (PART 2)

MEMORY VERSE : "The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God." --2Samuel 23:3

OPENING PRAYER:
Father, please let all who rule over us be just, ruling in the fear of God.

BIBLE PASSAGE: 2Samuel 23:1-4
2 Samuel:23.1
Now these [are] the last words of David. [Thus] says David the son of Jesse; [Thus] says the man raised up on high, The anointed of the God of Jacob, And the sweet psalmist of Israel:
2 Samuel:23.2
"The Spirit of the LORD spoke by me, And His word [was] on my tongue.
2 Samuel:23.3
The God of Israel said, The Rock of Israel spoke to me: 'He who rules over men [must be] just, Ruling in the fear of God.
2 Samuel:23.4
And [he shall be] like the light of the morning [when] the sun rises, A morning without clouds, [Like] the tender grass [springing] out of the earth, By clear shining after rain.'

INTRODUCTION:
In our previous lesson, we highlighted some misconceptions held by some Christians in some circles. We also examined some of the reasons Christians should be involved in politics from Biblical perspective. In today's lesson, we shall attempt to guide Christians with genuine intentions on how to be practically in politics and avoid the pitfalls.

TEXT REVIEW : 2SAMUEL 23:1-4.
To rule or govern, David, when he was about to depart to eternity, gave the following instructions, through the leading of the Holy Spirit, to those who aspire to lead others.  2Samuel 23:1-2:
(i) Such fellow must be just/righteous. 2Sam. 23:3
(ii) He/she must fear the Lord. 2Sam. 23:3
(iii) He/she must be like the light of the morning when the sun rises. 2Sam. 23:4
(iv)  He/she must hear the Holy Spirit speaking and must be ready to tell others what the Holy Spirit of Lord says. 2 Sam. 2:2.

HOW TO BE INVOLVED IN POLITICS
Teacher should treat his outline under two sub-outlines.
A. Getting Involved:
(i). It is your civic right and responsibility under the law to vote and be voted for. Titus 3:1; 1Peter 2:13-14; Deut. 1:13
(ii). Eligible Christians should get registered with relevant electoral bodies.
(iii). Be a card carrier of any party of your choice.
(iv). Wield your influence on the choice of representative for the elective position. Exodus 18:21.
(v). Go out and vote rightly during election.

B. How To Join Political Of Your Choice
In addition to other possible information:
(i). Visit the website of the parties, or
(ii). Visit Secretariat of your choice party.
(iii). Study the party ideology and manifesto.
(iv). Fill a party registration form.
(v). Supply/provide necessary documents as required.
(vi). Make necessary payments as stipulated.
(vii). Obtain your membership card.
(viii). Attend party meeting regularly.
(ix). Actively participate in discussion and strengthen your voice.
(x). Have burden/passion to serve the people and solve their problems. Neh. 2:1-5; 1Sam. 17:29, 34-37.
(xi) You can prayerfully join or support advocacy group. Esther 4:8, 13-14.
(xii). You can form a political party with people of like minds. 1Sam. 22:2; Dan.
2.49.

CLASS ACTIVITY 1
Do we need money to form political party or to be actively involved in politics? Why or why not?

THINGS TO WATCH OUT FOR IN POLITICS
( i) Desist from any thought or act of wickedness. Politics is not a do or die affair. Prov. 16:12
(ii) Avoid prayerlessness (James 5:16b-18; Psalm 91:15; Dan. 6:10). Our adversary is not resting, be sober and be vigilant. 1Peter 5:8.
(iii)  Shun all foolishness: Get the necessary qualifications or experience ( James 1:5, 1 Sam. 17:34-37) and act wisely. Matt. 10:16
(iv)  Never dabble into politics without a godly burden or passion. Neh. 2:1-5.
(v) Avoid compromise: stand by your godly virtues and principles (1Cor. 10:31). Distinguish yourself and do not be hypocritical. 1Cor.6:17; Rom. 12:2.
(vi) Be resolute in the face of persecution and props. Neh. 4:3,6; 6:5-7; Dan. 6:11-14.
(vii) Avoid abuse of power. Do not be tyrannical. 2Chron. 26:16-18.

CLASS ACTIVITY 2
Why should Christians be prayerful in their political aspiration?

SUMMARY
Be involved in politics and don't soil your garment. 1Cor. 15:33

CONCLUSION
Join a political party today and be a Christian of influence.

CLOSING PRAYER
Father, let all your children be truly involved in politics.

ASSIGNMENT
Mention ten (10) things you will do if you become a Governor. 1 Mark for each point

SUNDAY SCHOOL HYMN
1. O Sunday School, on the Lord's day,
O how I love Thee well,
I am happy, it makes me glad
To rejoice at Thy birth.

2. O Sunday School, on the Lord's day,
Thy friend friendship suits me well,
Both young and old will sing Thy song,
We long for Sunday School.

3. O Sunday School, on the Lord's day,
Christ was Thy first teacher,
The Holy Spirit, great teacher,
Does manifest in thee.

4. O Sunday School, on the Lord's day,
This testimony is sure,
That God, the Father Almighty,
Poured His blessing on Thee.

5. O Sunday School, on the Lord's day,
Though the sun be so bright,
Or if the clouds be black with rain,
I'll be in Sunday School.

6. O Sunday School, on the Lord's day,
I rejoice to see Thee,
Will thou pass over me today?
Without my being blest?

REFERENCES
Rccg Sunday School Teacher's Manual (2018/2019), Lesson Fifteen

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