Come for Christ, Not Campaigns: Churches Caution Politicians

Come for Christ, Not Campaigns: Churches Caution Politicians

  • Some church leadership has taken the no-electioneering approach to politicians who may want to visit their establishments over Easter
  • A few politicians agreed with the clergy members and said their peers must address congregants only when asked to
  • Many South Africans were, however, suspicious of the timing, especially with the 29 May 2024 General Election approaching

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The clergy has opened its doors however no politicking allowed
South African churches have welcomed politicians to their Easter services but are reluctant to share the podium. Image: Per-Anders Pettersson/Getty Images and World Youth Day via Getty Images
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Religious leaders have welcomed politicians to spend the Easter weekend at their services; however, many are taking a zero-tolerance approach to in-house election campaigning.

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According to the The Sowetan, clergy members expressed that their stance does not take away from their responsibility of holding politicians to account.

Reverend Pumla Nzimande told the paper that religious heads must speak out against unethical leaders.

Politicians weigh in on the relationship between church and politics

The Democratic Alliance's Solly Malatsi explained that his fellow party members only address congregations when the church makes the request.

Build One SA leader Mmusi Maimane reiterated Rev Nzimande's sentiments that the church must not support leaders linked to any theft from the state.

Congregants on politicians visiting places of worship during Easter

A few South Africans shared their thoughts with Briefly News on party leaders and government officials joining their services during the Easter weekend.

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Bontle Molestane said she sees no malice in politicians attending church services:

"It's the biggest religious weekend ahead of elections so I think it's a great thing politicians will be seen in church. This just shows you that no one is above God."

Keoagile Mashaba questioned the politicians' timing and motives:

"Since when do they go to church? It's just an informal way of campaigning - taking advantage of Jesus' weekend."

Hilda Mufulatsi added that such church services amount to covert politicking:

"These people are going to church to get votes, nothing else."

First-grade kids mock pastors

Briefly News previously reported on three Grade 1 pupils reenacting a church scene of a paster saving a churchgoer.

A TikTok video shared by @thatom35 depicting the learners playing together during break. In the scene, one learner is seen splashing her friend with 'holy water'.

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Source: Briefly News

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