CHURCH AND POLITICS

Don’t dismiss politicians from church, Ruto urges clerics

Ruto called on politicians to respect the church.

In Summary

•The DP said the word of God can be preached in many ways, and he has worked hard to bring the politicians to church.

•The second in command said he supports the stand taken by the clergy to bar politicians from using the altar to abuse their opponents.

Deputy President William Ruto during a two-day South Eastern Bloc Economic Forum at the Oltukai Lodge in Amboseli, Kajiado County.
Deputy President William Ruto during a two-day South Eastern Bloc Economic Forum at the Oltukai Lodge in Amboseli, Kajiado County.
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Deputy President William Ruto has asked clerics not to sideline politicians from the church, but instead preach to them.

Speaking on Sunday during a church service at AIPCA church in Meru, the DP said the word of God can be preached in many ways, and he has worked hard to bring the politicians to church.

“I want to ask the Bishops and other church leaders not to chase these people. Preach to them,” Ruto said.

“I have worked so hard, some of these politicians were not known for coming to church but many have started coming because they have seen me coming to church. God has continued to push me and they now know that God is everything.”

The second in command said he supports the stand taken by the clergy to bar politicians from using the altar to abuse their opponents.

Ruto called on politicians to respect the church, whenever they are given a chance to speak.

“We need to have limits as Christian leaders. Let us not bring our political feuds to the altar,” he added.

The DP's remarks come barely two weeks after several churches barred politicians from speaking during church services.

On September 13, head of the Anglican Church, Jackson ole Sapit, banned politicians from addressing congregants in any of its churches across the country.

He also barred the clergy from visiting politicians' homes, saying that their work should be in the church, doing evangelism.

“Our Bishops and Clergy should not be part of the so called grassroots and religious leaders who troop to homes of politicians to be given political direction because that is not our work,” Sapit said.

On September 15, the Catholic church bishops also asserted the ban on politicians giving speeches in their places of worship, declaring that no matter the stature, “any politician who attends mass must do so like any other worshiper and no special considerations [accorded to them].”

“...we as clergy, and especially the priests, are to ensure that places of worship are not used by leaders to further their political agenda,” they said.