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Prediking oor politieke sake - riglyne vanuit Romeine 12-15

C. J. H. Venter
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 31, No 1/2 | a1596 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v31i1/2.1596 | © 1997 C. J. H. Venter | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 June 1997 | Published: 12 June 1997

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C. J. H. Venter,, South Africa

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Abstract

Preaching on political issues is a very topical matter, especially in the current situation in South Africa. This matter is extensively dealt with in literature in the field of the Old and New Testament, Homiletics and Ethics. The aim with this article is to explore the Pauline paranesis in Romans 12-15 to discern concrete guidelines on handling political issues in preaching. As point of departure the expression God’s mercy (Romans 12:1) is investigated closely, as the concept of God’s mercy is the foundation stone of the total paranesis in Romans 12-15. Regarding preaching on political issues, the fact that the new aeon has already come and will finally come, leads to certain conclusions. The responsibility of the congregation to test and approve what God's will is - also in political matters - is stressed. The kingdom of God as the predominant kingdom, relativises earthly (political) kingdoms. The responsibility to equip the congregation to discern political issues in the light of Scripture is dealt with in this regard. Finally, perspectives are given on the relation between state and believer. In conclusion the command to Christians to love each other as believers, to live in peace with everyone and to love enemies is also highlighted.

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