Religious Minister, Doctor Franklin Bray, has suggested that there is no problem with Christians participating in elective politics.
However Bray, a Clinical Psychologist, has said that the place for a Christian as a politician has to be carefully chosen.
“When a Christian decides to place himself or herself as a political candidate, one has to remember that there is a lifestyle or some value system that should motivate and inform what is said and how the Christian relates to people,” he noted.
Bray observed that the ‘Christian politician’ should be concerned about slander and the venom with which things are said, as well as the level of anger that is exposed to the public.
“Christian values should drive those Christians who participate in politics,” Bray told the Times.
He declared that it was not true that Christians should abstain from politics since they have a voice to share in the process.
However Bray asserted that a Christian’s participation in the political process should be a lot more ‘guarded’ than the person who does not have Christian values.
“The place for the Christian is one that should be valued because Christians now can participate in the process, can speak to the issues and advocate on behalf of in individuals and speak against what is detrimental to the society,” the Seventh Day Adventist Minister declared.
He discounted the notion that politics would corrupt a Christian, explaining that sin is what corrupts.
The Religious Minister said a Christian has to behave in a way that does not corrupt him or her.
Bray observed that like the political process, Christians have flaws.
“Where someone’s imperfections are exposed in a derogatory manner, a Christian should not participate,” Bray stated.