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Don’t sell Jesus, Baptist leader asks Naga politicians 

By Matters India Reporter

Kohima: The leader of Baptists in Nagaland has urged politicians in the Christian-majority state not to betray their faith for money and power.

“Do not surrender your Christian principles and above all your faith for the sake of money and development,” says Reverend Aelhou Keyho, general secretary of the Nagaland Baptist Churches Council (NBCC) in a letter addressed to leaders of all political parties, mostly Christians, in the northeastern Indian state.

Nagaland is scheduled to elect its legislative assembly on February 27.

Reverend Keyho urged the state’s politicians not to fall into “the hands” of those using development as a ploy to “pierce the heart of Jesus Christ” and “allow God to weep.” This was In an apparent reference to the attempts by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to forge electoral alliance and capture power in Nagaland.

The Baptist leader said he was compelled to write the open letter to caution the Naga politicians about a party that works “tooth and nail” to make its presence known and seen in Nagaland, a frontline Christian-majority state in India. “Have you ever seriously questioned their intention? If you have not, do not be fooled,” the letter said.

The Church leader noted that since the people of Nagaland are “fond of propaganda” they fail to understand how Christians are being persecuted in other parts of the country.

The persecution of Christians has “tripled” in recent years with pastors, evangelists and missionaries being dragged openly in the streets, harassed and insulted. “Their homes are destroyed and children discriminated in schools. Worship places are burnt down and believers are often disturbed and harassed,” the February 9 letter said.

Reverend Keyho also lamented that the government has barred several Church leaders from overseas from entering India. “The most recent happening is the refusal of visa for the Baptist Alliance president Reverend Paul Msiza” on February 8, he added.

He also expressed his anguish over being “closely watched and followed” in India.

“God must be weeping when Naga politicians” run after those seeking to destroy Christianity in India, Reverend Keyho said. “What will become of us and the Christians in India” if “Christian politicians easily embrace the political ideologies of those who seek to destroy the Christian faith in India?” he asked.

He also wanted to know how political parties in Nagaland would justify their alliance with the BJP. “Is your political party willing to sell Jesus for the sake of development?”

The BJP has formed an alliance with the Nationalist Democratic People’s Party (NDPP), a local party, after ending its 15-year-old alliance with the Naga People’s Front.

In an earlier interview to The Indian Express, Reverend Keyho said getting a regional party has emboldened the BJP. “While politicians will say the BJP is only a political party and we are not part of the RSS, it is just political talk.”

Regarding the NBCC’s open stand against the BJP, the Baptist leader said: “This time it (the RSS-backed BJP) has really become a threat. That is why we felt we had to make a strong statement not only on behalf of the church here but also on behalf of Christians in the country in general.”

The BJP faces several challenges in Nagaland and Meghalaya, a neighboring state that too goes poll on February 27. In both the poll-bound states, the BJP is seen as an anti-minority party.

The saffron party’s alleged support for pan-India “beef ban” and silence over attacks on minorities have put the BJP on the backfoot in the two states.

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13 Responses to Don’t sell Jesus, Baptist leader asks Naga politicians

  1. purushottam

    Judas betrayed Jesus for the 30 pieces of silver coins. The faith one cherishes today needs to be preserved not to be sold in the name of development, money, name and fame. The consequence of Judas was terrible.

    • A. S. Mathew


  2. A. S. Mathew

    When I hear the logic of some people that the Christians will have to keep silent while they are under persecution in India which was tripled under the BJP regime, I feel to ask them some questions.

    How the RSS/BJP used the great Hindu religion of tolerance for political mileage? Why the Ayodhya episode was taken place? It was fully to fool the mindless religious fanatical Hindus of India, thus came into power with 31% of the electorate.

    Take the Christian majority States of India. They are are ranking at the top level in education-healthcare-hygiene-social harmony etc. If the RSS rulers are trying swallow the Christian dominated States of India, social disharmony and economic catastrophe will overtake those States.

    ” Holy Spirit” is mentioned both in the New and Old Testament. In the old Testament, it is the spirit of GOD and in the New Testament, it is the spirit of JESUS. JESUS before HIS ascension to heaven assured the disheartened disciples glancing at the Master’s ascension promised that HE will send the Holy Spirit. The holy spirit is JESUS CHRIST in the spirit. When driven by the holy spirit, the spirit filled people are driven by a new spirit of selfless life of love and charity.

    But we read in the Book of John 16:8, the three fold functions of the holy spirit as ” conviction of sin” ” GOD’s righteousness” and ” Judgement “.

    The northeastern Christians are the great great grand children of the head hunters, they came to know about a loving and living GOD JESUS CHRIST who can transform human life and behavior. The Holy Spirit will be working through the Christian leaders about the urgency of “GOD’s righteousness ” in this coming election.

    Why Sri. Kannanthanam was appointed as the Minister of Tourism and sent him to the northeastern States to lay the foundation of trapping the Christian majority States with economic packages? The big package of Rs. 70 crore for the development of Christian Tourism in the State of Meghalaya was declined by two of the oldest Churches in Meghalaya is clear indicator that the Holy Spirit is working there. Why the visa for the President of the Baptist World Alliance was declined by the Government of India to speak at the Meghalaya Baptist Convention? That shows the real color of the RSS rulers of India. How the Christians can be silent?

    The Church, which is the body of CHRIST must be fully alerted by the power of the Holy Spirit to show a new chapter of supernatural miracle at the election result this month itself in Meghalaya. If the Ghats and Dalits got the wisdom not to cast their votes at the BJP boxes in Raja