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Louistas Nyuyse

"I have come that you may have life and have it to the full"(Jn.10:10). Sometimes I wonder what fullness of life is all about. But a moment of thought would indicate that in this world, fullness of life includes an all encompassing unity and salvation from and towards a liberating political, economical, emotional, social, spiritual, etc, human person, whom thrown in this world, becomes a spiritual, physical, social, yet political and cultural being. With this perspective, you cannot separate a human politician from his humanity. You cannot dissociate a Christian politician from his politics and religion and you cannot draw a distinguishing line between a believer and his religion.

The Church that preaches to humans unfortunately preaches to this complex entity called humans, who at the same time are more human only to themselves than known to man. If the Word of God has to make sense to humans and to the world, then the Church must preach to human beings in and about all their forms, circumstances and situations of existence. Therefore the Church that shies away from politics is neglecting its duty to the poor for whom Jesus came.

If Jesus were to come today (who should actually be here in the priests and His ministers) he would not meet Pharisees to brand as 'broods of viper', but he would address the ministers as 'white white tombs'. He would not use soft words and hide in the presbytery but would make a whip and use in the houses of parliament.

Again, Jesus did not just hand the keys to the spiritual kingdom to Peter, and of course if He did, whoever goes into the kingdom does so only according to how he/she has spent this present life. Therefore the Word of God should be preached to political beings and in this case the priest and the Church cannot shy away from politics.

In the case of Africa and the oppressed people of God, those priest, and the Church I would say, who shy away from politics are on the side of the oppressor.

Interestingly too, the Pope is both a Religious leader who leads a state. When he visits states, he makes statements to political figures. How then can we continue to hope that the voice of the preacher should not cry from the pulpit "Prepare yee the way for a democratic leader" supposing that 'he' will not turn to be dictatorially democratic like Mr. Biya and some of his African leaders though.

In your well researched article Sinior you mentioned the famous cases of Fr. Jean Bertrand Aristide and Rev. Fr. Berthelemey Boganda, which I must say call for sympathy in many respects. But I also stand by the examples of Desmund Tutu, Martin Luther King, Oscar Romero John Paul II and Christ Himself.

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