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CHRITIANS AND POLITICS (PART 2) Teachers Manual

LESSON 23                                                              6th February, 2022.

 

CHRITIANS AND POLITICS (PART 2)

 

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

 

PREVIOUS KNOWLEDGE:  Teacher should review the previous week’s lesson.

 

TODAY’S LESSON

1.  OPENING

I. BIBLE PASSAGE: 2Samuel 23:1-4.

II. 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.

III. LESSON 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 involved in politics and avoid the pitfalls.

 

TEACHER’S DIARY

I.  LESSON AIM: To study more about Christians’ involvement in politics.

II. TEACHING OBJECTIVES: Through the lesson, students should be able to:

a.  Understand how to be involved in politics,

b.  Discover things to watch out for in politics.

III. LESSON PLAN: To achieve the above-stated objectives, teachers should:

a.  Allow the students to read the Bible passage, recite the memory verse, participate in the class activities and do the assignment.

b.  Allow the Assistant teacher to conduct the class, mark attendance and assignment, grade performance and close the class session with the closing prayer.

c. Lead the opening prayer, review previous week’s lesson, teach the lesson outlines, summarise, conclude, evaluate the lesson and give assignment to the students.

 

IV. TEXT REVIEW: 2Samuel 23:1-4.

When David was about to depart to eternity, he gave the following instructions to those who aspire to lead others: Vs 1-2.

(i) Such fellow must be..............................................................................V3a.

(ii) He/she must........................................................................................V3b.

(iii) He/she must be like............................................................................. V4.

 

V.  TEACHING METHOD: Discussion teaching method.

 

VI. TIME MANAGEMENT: Teacher should spend 2/3 time on lesson outline 1 and 1/3 on lesson outline 2.

 

2.  LESSON OUTLINES

LESSON OUTLINE 1: 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; 1Pet.2:13-14; Deut.1:13).

(ii) Eligible Christians should get registered with relevant electoral bodies.

(iii) Be a card carrying member of any political party of your choice.

(iv) Wield your influence on the choice of representative for the elective position. (Ex.18:21).

(v) Go out and vote rightly during election.

B.  How to join political party of your choice

In addition to other possible information:

(i) Visit the website of the parties, or

(ii) Visit the Secretariat of your choice party.

(iii) Study the party ideology and manifesto.

(iv) Fill a party registration form.

(v) Supply/provide necessary document 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) In order to succeed in politics, Christians should read books and attend seminars/conferences on leadership/politics (Prov.16:16).

(xii) It is also important to be mentored by a seasoned Christian political leader (Prov.1:5; 11:14).

(xiii)  You can prayerfully join or support advocacy group. (Esther 4:8, 13-14).

(iv) 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?

 

LESSON OUTLINE 2: 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; Ps.91:15; Dan.6:10). Our adversary is not resting, be sober and vigilant. (1Pet.5:8).

(iii) Shun all foolishness: Get the necessary qualifications or experience (James 1:5; 1Sam. 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).

(vi) Distinguish yourself and do not be hypocritical. (1Cor.6:17; Rom.12:2).

(vii) Do not be lured into cultism or bad caucus in the name of ‘belonging’, seeking relevance or power outwit others (1Cor.15:33).

(viii) Beware of the negative influence of political god-fathers (Prov.12:5; 25:26).

(ix) Be resolute in the face of persecution and propaganda. (Neh.4:3, 6; Neh.6:5-7; Dan. 6:11-14).

(x) Avoid abuse of power. Do not be tyrannical. (2Chron.26:16-18).

 

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

 

3. SUMMARY:   Be involved in politics and don’t soil your garment. (1Cor.15:33).

 

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

 

5. EVALUATION: (i) How can you be involved in politics? (ii) What are the cautions to beware of?

 

6. CLOSING PRAYER:   Father, let Your children be truly involved in politics.

 

7. ASSIGNMENT:  Mention ten (10) things you will do if you become a Governor. (No Mark).

 

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