POLITICS THE WAY FORWARD
Our country, Nigeria, is going through one of her most difficult times in her history. Christians who were in the helm of affairs in almost every area of life in the past are gradually being marginalized, eliminated and silenced. Appointments into various positions at the national level is skewed mainly not only to the North but favouring not just Muslims but Muslims of a few ethnic groups.
At a time like this, what should Christians do? This is a question several have asked and are still asking. In just a year and two months of this present administration, so much ill have been done to our nation.
Rice that used to cost N8,000 is now N20,000 per bag. The exchange rate of the naira to the dollar has gone highest ever. The educational system are on the decline. As at now, there is no admission into our institutions of higher learning. Consequently, institutions cannot start the new session. In Edo State in particular, the government is laying emphasis on and have as at now employed Islamic teachers into secondary schools in an era where most nations of the world are building up the sciences, engineering, medicine, etc.
Christians have to cry out to the God of Heaven to show mercy and extend His grace to us. Whatever we are going through today is as a result of our refusal to use the God-given opportunities we had in the past. The Church has to repent and call on God to visit us again. God is rich in mercy and He will surely visit us.
As Christians, we need to get involved in governance. We need to get our voters card. We have to be part of making kings and take up kingship in our land. We need to learn to live in a pluralistic society. Those that succeeded in the Bible days were able to survive because they were part of the system. They practiced their faith uncompromisingly also got fully involved in the society.
Ezra 1:1-2 says; In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom and also put it in writing: Thus says Cyrus king of Persia: The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and he has charged me to build him a house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah This passage tells us how God raised up Cyrus to establish His will in the days of Prophet Jeremiah.
The children of Issachar understood the times that they were in. May God give us understanding of our times in Nigeria and act accordingly in Jesus name.
Ven. Solomon O. Makun