Religion Politics A Pastors Take

Professor Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), Senior Pastor, Olive Tree Parish of RCCG and APC’s Vice Presidential Candidate will be addressing concerns Christians have about getting involved in politics at a town-hall organized by Faith and Politics Nigeria, a platform set up by a group of influential and governmental Christian leaders. Scheduled to hold at the Landmark Event Centre, Lagos, on the 22nd of March 2015, the town-hall will feature other notable speakers including Mr. Leke Alder, Principal Consultant at Alder Consulting, a renowned speaker and Brand Strategist, Pastor Wale Adefarasin of Guiding Light Assembly and Bishop Mike Okonkwo of The Redeemed Evangelical Missions (TREM).

The 2015 General elections have generated so many conversations and controversies, which have awakened the consciousness of every strata of the society. However, the questions have remained: What is the stand of The Church on the direction that the nation is headed and why has The Church remained largely silent on the current political activities of the State? While many have argued that State must be separated from Politics, others even go as far as saying Christians should not touch politics with a long pole.

These concerns and more will be addressed at the townhall. Speaking on the necessity of the initiative, Pastor Idowu Iluyomade, Regional Pastor of the Apapa Family of the Redeemed Christian Church of God said: “…The bible, our constitution as Christians, has given every child of God heaven’s point of view on politics and governance when Jesus said …give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s. Essentially he was saying that every Christian must operate within the confines of the rule of the State secularly, and if going for a political office, they must serve and govern with the highest moral standard and spiritual principle, which gives glory back to our God.”

“Saying the church or Christians should not engage in politics is almost saying they should ready to be guided by values and principles they don’t subscribe to. If Godly men and women do not get engaged in politics, how then can we expect to build a Godly nation, where peace and justice will reign?” – Kola Oyeneyin, one of the organisers of Faith and Politics asked.

It seems therefore that Christians are beginning to see the importance of Political engagement and involvement in nation building as critical and unavoidable. If this continues beyond the elections in 2015, we may be witnessing the influx of young people who are driven by the values of righteous Government in our political space.