Political Involvement

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The Watchtower, December 15, 1976, p. 748

"Since Christians are 'aliens and temporary residents' and, as such, are awaiting the fulfillment of such a divine promise, how could they really interest themselves in the political affairs and violent conflicts of worldly nations? If their hearts are truly set on the 'new heavens' and a 'new earth' in connection with God's kingdom, they sincerely could not do so!"

The Watchtower, March 1, 1978, p. 29

" Does this mean that Jehovah's Christian witnesses now have a right to meddle in worldly politics? May they take sides, as Catholics and Protestants do, with this or that political party, even conspiring against established political government or stirring up revolution? Not at all! Uncompromisingly they have copied the example of the Lamb, Jesus Christ, in being 'no part of the world.'"

United in Worship of the Only True God, 1983 ed., p. 166

"However, Jehovah's Witnesses do not meddle in politics, no matter what the country in which they live. They do not interfere with what others do as to joining a political party, running for office or voting in elections."

Reasoning From the Scriptures, 1985 ed., p. 273

"What scriptures have always had a bearing on the attitude of true Christians toward involvement in political issues and activities? John 17:16: 'They are no part of the world, just as I [Jesus] am no part of the world.'"

Knowledge That Leads to Everlasting Life, 1995 ed., p. 12

"Jesus said that his followers are 'no part of the world.' (John 17:14) This means being neutral in political affairs and living peacefully in harmony with Isaiah 2:4, which says: 'He [Jehovah God] will certainly render judgment among the nations and set matters straight respecting many peoples. And they will have to beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning shears. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, neither will they learn war anymore.'"

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