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The ultimate concern
Tuisem A. Shishak :    20 Feb. 2018 1:52 AM IST

“Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden?’” (Genesis 3:1).
The rest is history. Now decide for yourself whether what the RSS-controlled BJP Government is doing in Nagaland and the North-East isn’t how Satan in the guise of a serpent deceived Eve and Adam in the Garden of Eden so long ago. The whole creation has been in a mess ever since.                                    
The announcement of the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly election (2018) has already opened Pandora’s box. Already ten political parties are in the fray, with only one regional party totally committed to regional development. Unless God’s people wake up and exercise their Christian responsibility prayerfully and wisely, this year’s election may turn out to be the most divisive and destructive ever. Even now it has the appearance of an uncontrollable “monster.” For the first time , the RSS with their Hindutva ideology has decided to challenge the Church of Jesus Christ in Nagaland, in Meghalaya, and surely in Mizoram in the near future. Victory for the RSS-controlled BJP in the Nagaland State election and the two other Christian-dominated North-Eastern states means enslavement of the North-Easterners and persecution of the Church.                                                  
Hence, Christians everywhere, listen to the Bible: “Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is” (Ephesians 5:15-17).                          
In 1963 the Central Government in New Delhi created “Nagaland State”, and in 1964 a Delhi-imposed full legislative assembly began functioning. In all the subsequent elections the Church (overwhelming Baptist and Roman Catholic voters in Nagaland) selected Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) to govern Nagaland State. What happened to “Clean Election” all these years? I am persuaded that the Church-- Christians in Nagaland, Meghalaya, and Mizoram-- is really the culprit for all the corruption because we the Church, we corrupt church members, knowingly continue to elect corrupt church members as MLAs in every  election. Almost all Nagaland MLAs and Government bureaucrats are likely to be members of a local church. Today nobody denies that Nagaland is one of the most corrupt states in India. Don’t we realize that the Church (the vast majority who are Baptist Christians) again will decide who will form the next government in Nagaland? What an awesome task of the Church before men and God! It is the same in Meghalaya where the Church (Presbyterians, Baptists, Catholics) will decide who forms the next government, and the same in Mizoram where the Church (Presbyterians and Baptists) will decide their next government. 
In the fourth century B.C., Aristotle wrote: “The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousand-fold.”  Thomas Aquinas, centuries later, said that little errors in the beginning lead to serious consequences in the end.
How could these overwhelming majority Christian states -- sink to the bottom of the moral totem pole?  Let us add the five Christian-dominated hill districts of Manipur (Ukhrul, Senapati, Tamenglong, Churachandpur, and Chandel) where similar corruption abounds. Please read Patricia Mukhim’s article, “Where is Christ in the Government?” (Morung Express, 3/1/18, p.5). The Church is reaping what she has sown.                                                                                                                                                 Whether “solution before election” or “solution after election” or “never solution”, the struggle for clean elections will continue. Free and fair elections are essential for the formation of any democratic government.                                                                                                                       
What does ”clean election” mean, and how a clean election can be achieved, have been discussed threadbare in the church, in the public square, on school/college campuses, thanks to the Nagaland Baptist Church Council’s (NBCC) leadership with the backing of the Nagaland Joint Christian Forum (NJCF), and several NGOs and civil societies.                                                                                                                                            This time the Church has invested more time and energy in efforts to ensure a clean election. Many excellent rules and regulations, which are mostly ignored, have been laid down which the political candidates and the electorate are to abide by. But still the essential “one thing” found wanting in the Naga Church today is spiritual and moral power…“having a form of godliness but denying its power” (2 Tim.3:5). Today’s Church has failed to “contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints” (Jude 3). The love of money has just about destroyed the testimony of the Church. We compete only in who can build the largest church building (mostly with money stolen by corrupt politicians and bureaucrats who then donate it to the church). But we forget the main mission of the church: building up believers in the faith and making disciples of Christ at home and around the world.                                                                                                        
If we want a clean election, the Church must first confess her sin and be clean, spiritually and morally. “If my people… will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chron.7:14). The Church must never be unequally yoked with any secular government. The Church sins when morally corrupt politicians and government officials are permitted to occupy the pulpit. The Church sins when corrupt money and corrupt people help build worship centers and gospel ministries and missions.                                                                 
The Church is truly a fellowship of Christ’s followers. She is the body of which Christ is the Head. To Him alone the Church owes her allegiance, not to any human agent or organization, including the so-called “high command” in Delhi or any underground group.  Only then can the Church confront the secular, corrupt world (politicians, bureaucrats, national workers, etc.) with the Word: “Thus says the LORD GOD.” Such a Church remains prophetic.  Any local church that ceases to be prophetic becomes pathetic, serving the world rather than their Lord.  
Linked to Nagaland’s soon-coming Legislative Assembly election is the RSS influence which has been secretly, and subtly, permeating, like a deadly chemical or virus, into the various parts of the North-East for decades. The RSS was founded in 1925 by K. Baliram Hedgewar from Nagpur, who, among others, agitated for strict segregation of Hindus and Muslims. Some of the most prominent RSS members deeply admired Facism and Nazism, the two totalitarian movements which swept through Europe in the early 20th century. We are told the RSS was outlawed by the British and was even occasionally banned by the Indian government after independence.  Naturam Godse, who assassinated Mahatma Gandhi in 1948, was a member of the RSS. Senior RSS members had direct links to both Mussolini in Italy and Hitler in Germany. Madhavarao S. Goldwalker, known as the brain of RSS, was the second RSS chief, who enthusiastically advocated for an India dominated by Hindus. From its genesis, the RSS openly espoused militant Hindu activism and the suppression of minorities. This brief RSS background can help us understand something about the current BJP-RSS nexus.                                                                                                                            
Yes, RSS’s ultimate objective is to establish a Hindu Rashtra (nation or kingdom) and the Hindu religion: a Hindu theocratic government. The current BJP, officially formed in 1980, is the successor of the BJS party, which itself was the political arm of the RSS. Indeed, BJP is the political arm of the RSS. We are told most BJP workers were hardcore RSS people. We believe Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajna Singh, President Amit Shah, and several more Ministers, are hardcore RSS members. RSS chief Mohan Bhagwati is now the voice of the RSS founding members; he is also a major voice in BJP’s policy-making and policy implementation. In other words, when we talk about BJP government, we are talking about a RSS-controlled government. How can any true follower of Jesus Christ be a primary member of the BJP-RSS? The world knows Hinduism is a religion, and RSS is a radical-violent-intolerant-racist-Hindu-politico-religious group.        
Since the current BJP government assumed power at the center in 2014, there have been appointments of more and more hardcore RSS members as state governors, government bureaucrats, heads of educational institutions, organizations, including India’s President (a Dalit) and Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, both of whom are active RSS members. Congress Party President Rajiv Gandhi said, “In every single ministry in India at the national level, there is an OSD (officer on special duty) from RSS working with the minister. . . . The minister is not operating on his own” (PTI). The list goes on. What about the drastic increase in harassment, torture, burning and murder of Christians and their churches, Muslims and their mosques, Dalits and all the other innocent minorities in India? In recent times RSS cow vigilantes have become active in all BJP-ruled states, with the loss of many lives, especially Muslims and Dalits.
Saving cows by murdering human beings created in the image of God is an abomination to Christians and Jews. By the way, Christians in India and around the world must never forget that horrific murder committed by the Bajrang Dal, an ally of the RSS, by burning alive the Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two sons in Odisha in 1999 while sleeping in their vehicle. Just as the 12-digit Aadhaar number being issued to every Indian, the BJP-RSS government is set to assign each of India’s milk-producing cow a cheap, unique identity card or UID, first proposed in 2015. A Hindustan Time report says that this year’s Central Government budget shows an allotment of Rs. 50 crore for 40 million cattle.  Incredible!  What is being done about the poor and marginalized millions of citizens, who are treated as lower than milking cows and sacred bulls? The caste system will always keep India divided… “Rich and poor have this in common: The LORD is the Maker of them all” (Prov.22:2).
(To be concluded)


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