Hello everyone, this is the last part of our series “THE CHRISTIAN YOUTH” I hope you have been blessed. Today there will be a little change as I bet you are tired of seeing me and hearing from me so here is a bit of a male fashion from my brother and also this write-up on politics was done by him. A little introduction, He is my elder brother and a medical student and he assisted in pastoring for a couple of years. He loves music and he plays the guitar as well as the piano; he visited me in Cambridge August before last, some of my friends around must have met him. He loves the Lord too (obviously) and loves fashion as well as politics. Read and be blessed.
Politics is a topic that is seldom discussed in the church today. Growing up in Africa it was like a taboo for a Christian to venture into politics. Church folks would tell you, you will be compromised. In fact politics is considered a “dirty game”. So when I went to church I often heard preachers speak badly of politicians.
Some of the attributes of an average politician at least in Nigeria include Alcoholism, sexual promiscuity/perversion, “stealing” from the government purse, keeping late night meetings, extravagance with public funds etc. Just to name a few. I could not understand why my mother who I know is a serious Christian associated herself with politicians closely. As a young boy she made me post political bills on the streets. She would make predictions about who would win office several months before elections. Sometimes even before primaries and more often than not she was correct. I wondered what the source of her information was. I had seen her use her personal funds, to campaign for a man that didn’t know her in person just because she believed in him. All of these only aroused questions in my young mind.
I grew up and began to get better understanding/insight as I began to get similar experiences personally. I came to realize that my mom wasn’t making predictions or forecasts. She was just acting in obedience with what had been revealed to her. Amos 3:7 “Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets” If you are connected to God, and you truly care about & pray for your leaders, He will certainly confide in you with information of events yet to happen. Just like Isaiah who prophesied with so much accuracy the name of the city where the messiah was to be born.
So I began to dig deep into the bible and realized that it is God who removes kings and set up other kings
Daniel 2:21 “He controls the course of world events; he removes kings and sets up other kings. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the scholars”. I also discovered that no authority exists outside God as the apostle Paul wrote in
Romans 13:1 “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God”
Knowing all of that I began to look at politics differently, may be it’s not a dirty game after all, may be it’s the players that are dirty and if we had different players we could change the system and have a better game.
In the Bible we have several examples of kings and leaders who were chosen by God at a young age. David, Joseph, Josiah etc were all young people when they became leaders. Daniel was faultless and in right standing with God, He was diligent in his work and no corruption or negligence was found in him so when his friends connived against him, this is what they said
Daniel 6:5 Finally these men said, “We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God.” When “the world” looked at Daniel they saw peace, hope and love. If the same can be said about you, then as a Christian youth you are ready to represent Christ in a public office. Daniel was highly favored by God and he prospered so much in a foreign land that he outlived 4 kings namely.
I sure bet it pays to serve Jesus. Politics is not something we should shy away from as Christian youths. Thank God for the likes of Dr. Ben Carson of the United States a retired pediatric Neurosurgeon who is taking a strong stance for Jesus in politics today. What a good example for the young ones to follow. We are to shine the light to the world. This may not be difficult and almost impossible if we all remain in our comfort zones. We can go into politics and change the system by allowing Christ to be the center of everything we say and do. We must portray Christ through our actions, inactions and reactions proving ourselves as people of integrity.
Finally, I often heard those same preachers pray and ask God for Godly leaders. I wondered what they meant, if they were hoping God would change a leader’s heart or convert somebody who is already in power. All of which are possible but I always felt its better to vote a right standing Christian into office than vote a random person, hoping God will touch their heart once they are in power. My reason is simple Proverbs 28:28 says when the wicked are in power the people suffer but when the righteous rule, the people rejoice.
Abraham Lincoln once said “to test the true character of a man, give him power”
Christian youth, politics is an avenue for us to carry out the great commission. Lets all get involved. God bless.
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