Kohima, December 4: Australian politician and ordained christian minister Reverend Frederick Nile was in Nagaland capital here and he spoke about war and politics and how his God guided his way all along.
But for Nile, a member of Christian Democratic Party, one of the strongest oppositions in the island country, God in each cases have reached out to him through different means — religious movies in wars and an imaginary boxing match in politics.
“I was in the position of Company Commander with certain privileges of conducting my company and I took upon a more Christian approach such as showing them Christian films, especially those of Billy Graham’s. The company of 120 young men most of whom were of 18 years old thrived and responded well. They has good morale, pride in themselves and produced an outstanding result which I am most proud of,” Nile, an ardent Evangelist, said in an interaction with the youngsters of Global Shapers Kohima Hub, a tributary hub of Global Shapers Community at Hotel Vivor Kohima yesterday.
He had served in the Australian Army (1952-54) and Australian Army Reserve (1954-72) fought in the Vietnam War (1955-75) and Korean War (1950-54) from the 4th Battalion, Royal New South Wales Regiment and retired with the rank of a Major.
Regarding politics, he said, “God has been good to me, I have become a Minister. One of the proverbs in the Bible has made a bigger impression to me.”
He was referring to Proverbs 3:6, quoting which, he said, “In all your ways, acknowledge the Lord and He shall direct your path”.
One of the proverbs in the Bible has made a bigger impression to me to which he referred Proverbs 3:6, “In all your ways, acknowledge the Lord and He shall direct your path”.
Before entering in to the political scenario reminiscing his mental vision, Nile said, “So, in my mind, I was suddenly in a boxing match where I was sitting in the ringside seat. As I watched from my seat, I saw that there was a very brute looking man in the ring and the referee was calling out; who will get in the ring with this man? Who will fight him? And God said to me, Frederick, get in the ring. I asked, what is in that ring and he said, in that ring is politics. I never wanted a path in politics and involvement in political parties and so, I knew it was a special calling.”