It part-amuses me when certain people resort to only prayers everytime we face a challenge in this country. I’d rather people understand the situation and pray to receive revelations – solutions they will be involved in working out. Prayers and actions are not mutually exclusive as we make it seem in Nigeria.
Politicians who can’t remember the last time they had a personal study time of God’s word or heart-felt praying will come to prescribe prayers, seemingly suggesting how impossible to solve our problems is. In the same vein, many believers who never spared an hour to ponder on the dynamics of governance, effective leadership and the economy take it in and spin vigils, retreats and all out of it. We must pray, yet act. We must act on divine ideas received working by the strength of the spirit and professing our victory at the task of nation-building, not just wishing some people from nowhere will emerge to fix the country.
We plan conventions, pray fervently about them and appoint competent steering committees, Nigeria needs the same. If it was only prayer without action, the guest ministers may still be stranded at the airport three days after the convention started or the microphones might even still be lying in the church store by then.
It may not be obligatory but I seriously think more needs to be done by the church in raising and training leaders in all spheres of our politics and economy than is currently being done, because truth is, the church is one of our most organized and efficient structures of influence at the moment. Moreso, it’s easier to instillncertain virtues in the church environment than elsewhere. Having equipped new leaders, then it will be expedient to support them. Call that sowing into their lives and the nation, a good harvest will surely come.
The church can explore different levels of engagement with the political system, for instance teaching believers to demand accountability from government officials without running foul of the law or godly principles. It will also be important to lead the way in this regard in the course of interfacing with thieving politicians who throng the church for prayers and veiled endorsements.
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