Christians And Politics. RCCG Sunday School Teachers

Memory Verse: “The God of Isreal said, the Rock of Israel spoke to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God”– 2 Sam. 23:3. 
 
Bible Passage: 2 Sam. 23:1-4. 
 
 

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 the 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 pitfalls. 
 

Lesson Aims

To study more about Christians’ involvement in Politics.
 

Teaching Objectives 

To achieve the above-stated objectives, teachers should: 
a. Allow 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 the previous week’s lessons, teach the lesson outlines, summarise, conclude evaluate the lesson and give assignments to the students. 
 

Teaching 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 the previous week’s lesson, teach the lesson outlines, summarise, conclude, evaluate the lesson and give assignments to the students. 
 
 

LESSON OUTLINES 

1. How To Be Involved In Politics
2. Things To Watch Out For In Politics 
 

TEXT REVIEW: 2 Samuel 23:1-4. 

When David was about to depart to eternity, he gave the following instructions to those who aspire to lead others v1-2. 
 
a. Such fellow must be……………………………………….v3a.
b. He/she must…………………………………………………………………………………….v3b
c. He/she must be like…………………………………………………………v4
 
Teaching Method: The Lecture Method. 
Time Management: The teacher should spend 2/3 of the time on lesson outline 1 and 1/3 on Lesson Outline 2.
 

Lesson Outline 1: How To Be Involved In Politics 

The Teacher should treat the outline under two sub-headies. 
A. Getting Involved
 
i. It is your civic right and responsibility under the law to vote and be voted for. (Titus 3:1; 1 Peter 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 and vote rightly during the election. 
 
B. How to join a political party of your choice. 
 
In addition to other possible information:
i. Visit the website of the parties.
ii. Visit the Secretariat of your chosen party. 
iii. Study the party’s ideology and manifesto.
iv. Fill out a party registration form.
v. Supply/provide necessary documents as required. 
vi. Make necessary payments as stipulated. 
vii. Obtain your membership card. 
viii. Attend party meetings regularly.
ix. Actively participate in discussions and strengthen your voice. 
x. Have the burden /passion to serve the people and solve their problems.(Neh. 2:1-5; 1 Sam. 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. You can prayerfully join or support Advocacy Groups (Ex. 4:8; 13-14). 
xiii. You can form a Political Party with people of like minds. (1 Sam. 22:2; Dan. 2:49).
 
CLASS ACTIVITY 1: Do we need money to form a political party or to be actively involved in politics? Why and Why not?
 
 
 
Things To Watch Out For In Politics 
Christians who are into politics, or aspiring to hold political posts, should be prayerful and watch out for pitfalls to avoid soiling their garments (1 Cor. 15:33). They should, therefore: 
 
 
1. Desist from any thought or act of wickedness. Politics is not a “do or die’ affair (Prov. 16:12).
2. Avoid prayerlessness (James 5:16b-18, Ps. 91:15, Daniel 6:10). Our adversary is not resting, be sober and vigilant (1 Peter 5:8). 
3. Shun all foolishness, and get the necessary qualifications or experience (James 1:5; 1 Sam. 17: 34-37). and act wisely (Matt. 10:16). 
4. Never dabble in politics without a godly burden or passion (Nehemiah 2: 1-5).
5. Avoid compromise: stand by your godly virtues and principles (1 Cor. 10:31). 
6. Distinguish yourself and do not be hypocritical (1 Cor. 6:17; Romans 12:2).
7. Do not be lured into cultism or bad caucus in the name of belonging, ‘seeking relevance or power to outwit others (1 Cor. 15:33). 
8. Beware of the negative influence of political godfathers (Prov. 12:5; 25:26).
9. Be resolute in the face of persecution and propaganda (Neh. 4:3,6; Nehemiah 6:5-7; Daniel 6:11-14). 
10. Avoid abuse of power. Do not be tyrannical (2 Chronicles 26: 16-18).
 
CLASS ACTIVITY 2: Why should Christians be prayerful in their political aspiration?
 
SUMMARY: Be involved in politics and don’t soil your garment (1 Cor. 15:33).
 
 
CONCLUSION: Join a political party today and be a Christian of Influence. 
 
EVALUATION: How can you be involved in politics?
ii. What are the cautions to beware of?
 
CLOSING PRAYER: Father, let Your children in politics shine as a light to dispel every work of darkness.
 
 
ASSIGNMENT: Mention ten (10) things you will do if you become a Governor.
 
 

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