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教會是政治中立的屬靈群體

蕭壽華牧師

教會作為一個屬靈的群體,在面對社會上各項政治議題時,一向是採取「政治中立」的立場。教會並不是一個社會壓力團體,也不是政治組織,更不是一個政黨,我們不會、也不應提出具體的政治方案或政策,要求會眾或社會採納。教會是真理的群體,會傳講涉及社會生活及政治相關的真理及道德原則,但不會宣示任何政治立場。但對於個別基督徒,各人可以按個人的領受,有不同的政治立場,因為個人的政治取向,常牽涉各種複雜的政治判斷、政治策略分析、所引伸的政治立場只是相對性的看法,並不是絕對的真理立論。所以信徒間可以接納彼此間會有不同政治立場,而在彼此尊重的態度下,仍堅定保持在信仰上的團契。

在教會內負起教導、宣講職份的牧者、主日學老師、導師等,個人也會在這些日子情緒受到牽動,但在宣講時仍需謹守「政治中立」的原則,甚或一些已經連繫了某方政治立場的語句,如「香港加油」、「五大訴求」、「止暴制亂」,也要留心會引發出要展示立場的誤會。另一方面,弟兄姊妹也要留意不會動輒判定,講者所引用的例子、金句等,都是在游說會眾,接受他的立場。我們都是一起在學習、成長中,都需要別人的信任與接納,以及愛心的提醒。

在真理的立場上,教會會明確宣講「非暴力」的原則,過去如是,今天仍是。「不要以惡報惡……反要以善勝惡」,是我們不會放棄的聖經原則。因此任何美善的目標、雙方具備不對等武力等的前題下,都不能合理化暴力的手段。我們不會認同、不會支持部份示威者拋擲汽油彈、磚頭,或是破壞公物、「私了」等暴力行為;也不會認同、不會支持部份警員在示威者被拘捕、被制服以後仍惡打對方、以及其他各種有待調查的不公正執法事件。

當然我們知道今天的社會衝突,政府要承擔很大的責任,但以暴力去爭取訴求(縱使是爭取「成功」,也常會引發其後更廣泛的暴力去推翻原有的「成功」),並不是我們的選擇。個人而言,不論我們遭受甚麼對待,我們仍是堅持愛,因為「愛是不加害於人,愛便完全了律法」。(羅十三 10)




Pastor's Sharing
The Church is a Politically-neutral Spiritual Community
Rev Gordon Siu

As a spiritual community, the church has always remained politically neutral amid numerous political issues in society. The church is not a pressure group, nor is it a political organization or party. We do not – and should not – put forward concrete political or policy proposals and request the congregation or society to adopt them. The church is a community of truth. It preaches truth and moral principles related to social life and politics, but will not proclaim or declare any political stance. As far as individual Christians are concerned, they can have different political views according to their discernment. But whatever their political inclination, they should know that it all involves complicated political judgment and analysis of strategies. The resulting political opinion is a relative view. It is not absolute truth. So Christians can accept that other Christians may have different political views. With mutual respect, they can still resolutely keep the fellowship in faith.

In recent days, pastors, Sunday School teachers and counselors who preach or teach in the church can get emotional too. But when they teach, they still need to be politically neutral. Care should be taken as the use of some slogans and phrases such as "'add oil' (go for it), Hong Kong!", "five demands" and "end violence and chaos" associated with certain political stands may give the wrong impression of stating one's stance. On the other hand, brothers and sisters should not readily pass judgment on the examples or Bible verses used by preachers. They should not think that such usage is to lobby the congregation to accept the preacher's stance. In the course of learning and growing up together, we need each other's trust, acceptance and reminders out of love.

As far as truth is concerned, the stand of the church is explicitly one of "non-violence." This has been our stance all along. It has never changed. "Do not repay anyone evil with evil…but overcome evil with good" – this will always be our guiding principle. As such, the use of violence cannot be justified by any objectives, no matter how good they are, or any arguments, including those premised on the different levels of force available to the two sides. We cannot agree with or support violent means used by some protesters, such as throwing petrol bombs and bricks, destruction of public property, or vigilante attacks. Likewise, we cannot agree with or support any police officers' clubbing of arrested or subdued protesters, nor other instances of unfair execution of the law, if found to be true.

Certainly, we know that the government has an undeniable role in the outcome of the social conflict as we see today. But the use of violence to advance one's demands (even if successful) is not our option (as it will often trigger subsequent, more extensive use of violence that overturns the "success"). Meanwhile, no matter how we are treated, we should still insist on love, because "Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law" (Romans 13:10).