H.K.W.H.T.A. – Pastor Jean Emmanuel Nlo Nlo, Communications Director of the West-Central Africa Division of Seventh-day Adventists
“We learn from many, many examples, that the [Adventist] church ought to distance itself from politics. We simply say of the ruling authority, ‘The Lord allows it.’ If the Lord hadn’t allowed it, that ruler wouldn’t be there to govern. Our church members try to be, in any given government, the best citizens they can be. That makes a tremendous difference. People say, ‘You Adventists, you are different.” Roman Catholics, Anglicans, Pentecostals– they are all in politics. We pray and we just stay back, away from the politics.
I’ve seen the results– in Cote d’Ivoire, for instance: when the government needs answers, when there’s a crisis, they ask for specific church officers to give them some solutions, some counsel, some advice. Adventists are among the first whom the government approaches and asks, “What do you think we should do?” In Sierra Leone one of our brothers didn’t observe this rule… He called a radio station to talk badly about a group of rebels, not knowing they were listening to the broadcast. They came back to the area and killed those who were speaking against them. That’s why this brother was killed.”
— Pastor Jean Emmanuel Nlo Nlo, communications director of the West-Central Africa Division- where many of the countries where the church works have experienced social unrest and upheaval. He Knows What He’s Talking About (H.K.W.H.T.A.)