Mokokchung, 30 April (MTNews): The BJP Nagaland on 27 April issued a notification to its party workers informing a series of activities to be taken up in all ‘Mandals’ and Booth levels across Nagaland state. The activities included cleanliness drive at Church compounds along with tree plantation drive and observing the death anniversary of Syama Prasad Mukherjee.

In a press statement issued today, the Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC), while acknowledging the BJP’s care for the church, said they are ‘obligated to decline’ the good gesture to clean the church compound on 11 May.

Highlighting what it perceives as difficult times for religious and social minorities during the BJP’s rule, the NBCC underscored instances of persecution and oppression faced by Christian communities. The council voiced apprehensions over escalating incidents of violence against pastors and priests, congregation members, and the desecration of religious symbols and sites. Such occurrences, it asserted, contribute to an atmosphere of insecurity and vulnerability among religious institutions across the nation.

The NBCC said that when all these are happening right under the nose of the authority, “it would do more harm to a political party whose agenda is to suppress the minority religious and social groups in the country”.

Asserting its autonomy, the council reminded political parties, specifically the BJP in Nagaland, to exercise caution when issuing directions.

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“Knowing what to say and do, as well as what is acceptable, can help to close the gap that has been growing in our state. Stay as a political party, and leave the church to run whatever they see fit within their compounds,” added the NBCC while asking the BJP leadership to instead “mobilize party members to travel to locations to safeguard persecuted churches in the mainland”.

“This act will undoubtedly give reassurance to people whose churches and institutions are constantly targeted. Their presence will undoubtedly convey the message that we are here to protect and encourage one another,” it added.

Drawing a line of separation, the NBCC declined the offer to refrain from widening divisions within the state. “For now, we will look after ourselves as the church. We appreciate you for reminding us that we must keep the church compound clean. This is not a political statement but the church is just drawing the line of separation,” it added.

It reminded the BJP that the church has its own Environment Sunday and also a day set aside for plantation. “Our youth departments across the state are working on this and we will adhere to it when the day comes,” it added.

Regarding the matter of observing political leaders’ death anniversaries, the NBCC said they will ‘keep silent’ on the death anniversary of their leader and clarified that the church is not accustomed to observing death anniversary except the birth, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

“The rationale behind this is because to do so would be to subscribe to the teaching and ideology of the person. So, a political party cannot impose this to its citizens in a Christian majority society. It would do much good to the community if political parties do not dictate the residents what to observe or when to do things. Political party agenda does not include these issues. Knowing the difference is wisdom,” it argued.

The NBCC further advised all churches to be vigilant when a political party becomes religious in nature adding that the authority on which power is generated between the church and the state are different.

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