SDA Church declares neutrality in politics

SDA Church declares neutrality in politics

Despite the participation of its members in elective politics, the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) church has declared that it is neutral in politics.

“We do not have any allegiance to any political party,” Pastor of the SDA Church, Devron Thomas has asserted.

Thomas said the church is not a civic organization but a divine institution.

He stated that as a consequence, on its pulpits the SDA church does not campaign for any political party.

However he stated that church members have various rights as citizens, including running for political office and the right to vote.

The SDA Pastor observed that because of the divisive nature of politics members of the church who run for public office should try their best to keep their campaign away from the church.

“The church of course distances itself from any political party,” Thomas noted, while stating that church members may.

He said:

“In such cases I think whoever the Pastor of that individual is, I think there must be some type of conversation, some type of advice, some type of dialogue as it relates to how that person ought to conduct himself in the public.”

Thomas asserted that members of the SDA church who enter elective politics must maintain their “Christian garb” and ensure that what they say on the political platform is “guarded” and wholesome.

He referred to a church member who may be running on a ruling Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) ticket and another on an opposition United Workers Party (UWP) ticket as being “rather unfortunate.”

However Thomas said such individuals should try to keep their politics away from the church because politics divides people.

A number of Seventh Day Adventists have in the past taken part in elective politics.

Currently the Castries South East candidate for the ruling SLP, Joachim Henry, is a member of the SDA Church as is the incumbent MP for the area, Guy Joseph, whom he is opposing.

Castries South MP, Doctor Robert Lewis, is also a member of the SDA church.

 

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5 Comments

  1. The Commentator
    April 9, 2016 at 4:05 pm Reply

    Wise advice.
    You don’t want your congregation to be divided between yellow and red by the “party politics demon” before they start accusing each other of not paying tithes, being hypocrites, putting politics before the Sabbath etc. etc.

  2. B CLeo
    April 10, 2016 at 8:16 am Reply

    Good morning to everyone I am a seventh day worshiper while I agree we all as citizens have our right to vote I I think as people of God there is a limit . Over the years I have observed our politics in St. Lucia and we all know it is a dirty game of name calling ,accusations , dishonesty and the list goes on . My main focus is the free mason movement and illuminati where does our so call church members fit into that category. As far as we know and we have understood (pastor Devin)this is a must and not a maybe they all have to go through the process. So in my humble opinion I will not support that statement of true seventh day worshippers entering into into active politics. This is not a place for a true child of God . We all know that Presidents Prime Ministers etc. they selected and not elected. No matter how high we jump they all know who is going to win even before elections are being called . So my humble advice to our brothers and sisters of the seventh day church stay away from active politics it is a very unpleasant and dirty game and I am convinced that is does not please the father . On the day of voting if we feel like voting we do but being a candidate I am convinced by the spirit which Christ gave me it is wrong .
    Blessed Sunday to alllll

  3. Sackawinkie
    April 10, 2016 at 12:04 pm Reply

    Wise up family: Do NOT get it twisted . . . . ! DO NOT COMPROMISE. .. .. .. .

    “There are among those professing to believe present truth some who will thus be stirred up to express their sentiments and political preferences, so that division will be brought into the church.

    THE LORD WOULD HAVE HIS PEOPLE BURY POLITICAL QUESTIONS. ON THESE THEMES SILENCE IS ELOQUENCE. CHRIST CALLS UPON HIS FOLLOWERS TO COME INTO UNITY ON THE PURE GOSPEL PRINCIPLES WHICH ARE PLAINLY REVEALED IN THE WORD OF GOD. WE CANNOT WITH SAFETY TAKE PART IN ANY POLITICAL SCHEMES. WE CANNOT LABOR TO PLEASE MEN WHO WILL USE THEIR INFLUENCE TO REPRESS RELIGIOUS LIBERTY, AND TO SET IN OPERATION OPPRESSIVE MEASURES TO LEAD OR COMPEL THEIR FELLOW MEN TO KEEP SUNDAY AS THE SABBATH DAY. THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK IS NOT A DAY TO BE REVERENCED. IT IS A SPURIOUS SABBATH, AND THE MEMBERS OF THE LORD’S FAMILY CANNOT PARTICIPATE WITH THE MEN WHO EXALT THIS DAY, AND VIOLATE THE LAW OF GOD BY TRAMPLING UPON GOD’S SABBATH DAY.

    The people of GOD are NOT to vote to place such men in office; for when they do this, they are partakers with them of the sins which they commit while in office.
    We are NOT to compromise principle by yielding to the opinions and prejudices which we may have encouraged before we united with GOD’s Commandment keeping people. We have enlisted in the army of the LORD, and we are NOT to fight on the enemy”s side, where we can be a united whole, in sentiment, in action, in spirit, in fellowship. Those who are Christians indeed will be branches of the true vine, and will bear the same fruit as the vine. THEY WILL ACT IN HARMONY, IN CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP. THEY WILL NOT WEAR POLITICAL BADGES, BUT THE BADGE OF CHRIST.

    What are we to do, then?

    Let political questions alone.

    Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with un-righteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?”

    Fundamentals of Christian Education.
    Special Testimony Relating to Politics.
    chapter 61.

    I rest my case!

  4. Anonymous
    April 10, 2016 at 8:53 pm Reply

    When Jesus was about to be made (John 6:15) what did he do?

  5. Anonymous
    April 11, 2016 at 7:57 am Reply

    Seventh Day Adventists Christians should not be part of politics…PERIOD!

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