Top Christian leaders are using their influence to bring the faithful to the voting polls in 2019, specifically to acquire Permanent Voters Cards.
Efforts led by leaders such as Pastor Enoch Adeboye are helping to dispel the myth that religious people would not participate in the “dirty game” of politics. Pastor Adeboye spoke at the February meeting of the Holy Ghost Service. The service took place at the Redemption Camp of The Redeemed Christian Church of God.
The meat of the lecture focused on voting as a civic duty that all good Christians have both a right and a duty to participate in. The scope of the effort is non denominational – Christians of all types can and should register for the voter’s card and participate in the process of electing the candidate of their choice.
Pastor Adeboye noted that the voting process is no different from other aspects of life. Those who follow Jesus may face additional scrutiny or obstacles. Christians were encouraged to return to registration centers even if turned away. No discouragement should be allowed to get in the way of more Christians taking on the responsibility of voting. The Permanent Voters Card is important enough to prioritize until it is obtained.
This was not the only Christian pastor who is making waves in politics. Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, National President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, was also telling Christians of all denominations and nationalities to use the privilege of continuous voter registration, which makes it easier for everyone to get a Permanent Voters Card ahead of the next important election.
Pastor Oritsejafor was addressing the membership of his Word of Life Bible Church. Just like Pastor Adeboye, Oritsejafor also said that it was a civic duty to get the voters card ahead of the elections. Registration is important enough to deal wtih the slings and arrows that may come from attempting to register.
The discouragement that Christians may face include people saying that politics is not a Christian pursuit. According to Pastor Oritsejafor, people will say that because of this corrupt nature, Christians will not be able to handle the things that happen within it. The pastors are wisely telling Christians that politics will remain a dirty game until Christians take responsibility and move into it.
Rev. Samson Ayokunle has also been taking a leading role in trying to register more Christians to vote and obtain Permanent Voters Cards. An active constituency is much more effective than a bunch of Christians who sit on the sidelines hoping that everyone else will do the right thing.
All three pastors, along with many others, also agreed on the following idea – politicians will follow the will of the majority. If Christians pool their collective political power into the system, then the system has no other recourse but to change. A large of part of the reason that politics is such a “dirty game” is because the only people who are in it are dirty! The more that Christians participate, the less dirty the game becomes, because the game is based on those who participate.
Across the world, Christians everywhere should take a great deal of pride from the initiatives of the pastors mentioned above. More than just pride, Christians should take notes. Political systems across the world are corrupted because of non-participation. We owe it to ourselves, our families, the people around us and our God to represent Him fully in the political system.
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