In Nagaland, do people separate the practice of Christian faith from political culture? Give reasons | MorungExpress

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Yes:
• You will not steal unless its political or government funds are for the people. You shall not covet government jobs for votes. You will go to jail for theft unless you are a politician or government employee. You must not tell lies unless you are a political or government employee.
• Yes. This false notion of faith and secularism has sown confusion among Naga Christians. Maybe that’s why spirituality coexists with corruption and all kinds of immorality
• Unfortunately yes. When will people realize that Christ is Lord of all. This dichotomy is not fair. If we want to see positive change in our society, we cannot create this dichotomy.
• Yes, people separate their Christian faith from the political culture and that is the problem. This is why people have no problem being corrupt in their professional and social life but very religious in their spiritual life. When will people realize that our Christian faith cannot be tackled piecemeal.
• Obviously yes. Frankly, we are a land of tribalism and fancy dress. Even pastors stick to clandestine meetings and corruption in their church. Great discrepancy between sacred beliefs and actual practice.
• Obviously yes. Proxy voting, tribalism, disguised appointments, and many other vices that we commonly see in our society are not taught by our Christian faith. We don’t care about our religious beliefs during elections.
• Yes. Sometimes it’s good and sometimes it’s bad. Everything about religion is not good. If we always make decisions based on religion, we will become intolerant like ISIS and RSS. Politics gave us democracy and elections, etc. Rational people take the best of both worlds and avoid harmful extremes
• Yes. For example, some of us believe in Christianity on a personal level, but we don’t mind joining a political party that has an anti-Christian background or constitution. But sometimes this separation can also be good because not all religious doctrines are good. If we strictly interpret religion verbatim we will have a very intolerant society like denial of equality for women and so on.

Nope:
• The new weapon of politicians has taken the name of faith. It’s as if they were trained to play with people’s minds, they pleaded in the name of faith and what they do is just sit back, relax and watch what happens in the society. And it continues.
• As it is said “Money is the root of all evil.” Politics is a platform to earn easy money. Thus, most faithful believers also involve themselves in politics. They don’t practice what they preach…a clean election is a dream for our beloved state. Lord, help us to wake up from our dreams to reality.
• People in Nagaland are money is religion and politics…money is the answer. Money and only money.
• While some may say yes, the fact is that the political structure has also crept into the socio-cultural aspect of the dominant Christian milieus in Nagaland. Forget other political contexts in the secular world, the church itself is no longer free from the clutches of people with political agendas working behind the scenes, even as church leaders. We hardly find worthy people anymore based on the biblical ranking of the election of elders working in our churches.
• Many Christian organizations are involved in politics.
• Nope. Our Christian morality is always with us. It is not because we sometimes fail in our political life that we forget our Creator. Our Christian faith always guides us consciously or unconsciously.

Others:
• The majority of Nagas are Christians only by birth but not by faith and belief. It will not be correct to claim that the Nagas are majority Christians.


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