CHURCH: PRIESTS SHOULD NOT GET INVOLVED IN POLITICS
Jayapura, 6/2 (Jubi ) – The chairman of the Evangelical Christian Church ( GKI ) in Jayapura , Rev. Willem Itaar, said priests should not get involved in politics.
“Let me remind you, politics is contrary to the Words of God, because it is used to gain positions. So I hope pastors are not involved politically,”said Rev. Willem said on Thursday (2/6).
“There is no prohibition for pastors to go into politics. But pastors who are involved in politics certainly won’t be able to focus on carrying out the given mandate from the church and the religion. I expect the pastors to think again before entering politics,” he said.
He warned that anyone minister who runs in the legislative elections or district/mayoral elections will be removed from the ministry as a pastor.
“GKI definitely has rules to observe. So far I have seen many pastors running as election candidates. I am disappointed by their decisions,” he said.
Albert Ansanai, one of the people from Perumnas I Waena also criticized pastors who are involved in politics, saying they were using their popularity to obtain political positions.
“I see that some districts and city councillors are pastors. This is not right. They using their status for their own interests,” he said. (Jubi/Arjuna/Frans)