AS TOUCHING PASTORS AND ELECTIONS – Pastor Olusegun Onayinka

(PLEASE READ PATIENTLY) WHEN YOU SAY PASTORS SHOULD NOT…
Not a few people have asked if it’s okay for a pastor to campaign for a candidate or better still be politically minded. For starters hardly does anyone quote scriptures to push these issues. It’s fundamental to realize bible times didn’t have democracy. It was either monarchy or dictatorship (or such as we have today). So the principles of choice weren’t explicit for the citizenry.
That said.
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Under the Old Testament Kings were removed.
In the Four Gospels, John rejected the government of Herod and Jesus upbraided him.
In the Book of Acts, Peter and the Apostles didn’t submit to all the dictates of the rulers, even though it had to do with the gospel, this portends that their acceptance wasn’t absolute.
Scriptures in the Epistles like
Romans 13:1-6 KJV
[1] Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
2] Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
3] For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
4] For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
5] Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. [6] For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.
Again this is no democracy and still didn’t foreclose rejecting such leaders. What scriptures teach is to honour.
1 Peter 2:13-14 KJV – Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.
Again, this is no democracy, and neither does it foreclose choice, rather it speaks of respect and obeisance.
Paul teaches to pray also;
1 Timothy 2:1-4 KJV – I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
The context here is for salvation and all who are in authority. Their salvation is good and acceptable to God.
This prayer doesn’t preclude the choice democracy offers. Democracy is the will to choose or reject leaders. Earthly leaders. The attempt to treat earthly leaders as God is ridiculous. Even in scriptures, we see kings were removed for bad governance.
Samuel was scolded for crying over spilt milk instead of finding another king
1 Samuel 16:1 KJV – And the Lord said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Beth-lehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons.
In a democracy, this will mean, vote in another person. It’s apt to note that instructions to pray and obey authority aren’t restricted to clergy but all believers.
Hence with some odd interpretation, this will presuppose believers should not even Vote for any other but the incumbent. That’s preposterous you will agree.
Now to pastors.
Pastors do make personal choices.

  • To Marry

1 Corinthians 9:5 KJV – Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other apostles, and as the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas?

  • To have a family (kids)

1 Timothy 3:4 KJV – One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;

  • To make career choices

Acts 18:2-3 KJV – And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because that Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome:) and came unto them. And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers.
The three mentioned here were ministers, pastors.
2 Thessalonians 3:8 KJV – Neither did we eat any man’s bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you:
Chargeable means be a burden.
It thus becomes an error to equate the New Testament preacher with the Old Testament priest or prophet on all fours.
Assuming the pastor is a lawyer, he will defend his clients, At times against fellow believers. Argue his case very well. If he’s a trader, he will compete in the market, advertise his goods and seek to outsell his competitors, which should include fellow believers. Campaign for his goods and out market his competitors. That’s a given.
Pastors will thus buy and sell from the same markets. Experience good or bad governance like everyone else. Their kids won’t be taught by angels. It’s not “Holy Ghost power” that will supply electricity to their homes. The list is endless. As an aside, He can have favourite sporting activities, football clubs etc.
Now the crux of the matter is, what are his restrictions?
He must NEVER abuse his privileges over the flock to foist his choices on the church. His duty is to feed the flock with the Word. This precludes his biases of a type of woman he can marry, number of kids he wants to have, where he wants to live, his hobbies, choice career.
Paul was a tent maker, whilst his associates like Luke was a doctor, Alexander a coppersmith, Crispus was a ruler.
The church MUST never be for such personal biases. You can’t have the “official club or official business/company, or drink or station or meal or hairstyle or political party of the church”. That’s manipulative and coercive.
1 Timothy 3:15 KJV – But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
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1 Corinthians 11:22 KJV- What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not.
Some things are done at home.

I suspect many are wary as touching knowing the choices of pastors as it might influence the congregation. That’s plausible but not straight-jacketed. If a church is well taught, and founded on the word, such choices can never be found on its pulpit. Also, the congregation knows the difference between what pastor likes and what the Word says. It’s not unlikely that many pastors who harbour this fear do so because they haven’t put Christ and His Bible first above themselves in their churches. If they had, they should know that such personal biases of theirs never become congregational or endemic.

I speak for my local church, Saints Community Church. We have varied opinions on such issues. We know because we discuss them off the pulpit. I am an Arsenal fan, yet it’s not peculiar to find a church member send me a BBM chat “pastor sorry today, your fourth place is guaranteed “after an Arsenal loss, or “Pastor we are still recruiting fans o”.
Let me quote a fellow church member “sir APC will lose Lagos, we are working hard” my response “you are fooling yourself”, that’s how you make mouth every four years”. Notice no one drops ” Jesus”, ” Spirit” when discussing common sense issues. We are succeeding at this by God’s grace. We often say “Jesus washed your sins not your Brains”. This explains how we nurture our members.
Pastors shouldn’t come together to endorse a candidate, football club, company e.t.c. Using the privileged platform. That’s manipulative.
But as individuals outside their clerical duties, pastors can make individual choices. Boldly affirm them and not hypocritically be doing so behind the curtains as some do.
Pastors are men, Men make choices which heaven allows.

First Published; https://www.facebook.com/onayinka.olusegun on February 17, 2015

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NIGERIA: Upward We Rise

Glasgow 2014: The Athletes of The CommonwealthThe country Nigeria is going through a lot of internal change
Like a surgical procedure is underway, not just a cosmetic facelift No!
The bones, ligaments, joints, internal organs are been replaced.
Our response our ideas our ideas are all changing.
It came to my notice that the political landscape is going through a lot of change and transformation.
A lot of shifts are taking place.
It has been very slow in the past but the end game is very certain
2015 onwards this nation would rise to its prominence in the league of nations.
Economically, politically, industrially it would take a centre stage in the world.

The mechanics of this nation is gradually experiencing a shift
All the sectors, from Agriculture to Industry, Banking to Education, Aviation to Power. All would Experience something profound.

Nigeria is a great Nation of God
It would not only survive it would Thrive and Boom.
People have said all sort of things and have projected all sorts into our future, saying Nigeria would break, there would be war and all that stuff.

Sorry to disappoint you, sirs
There would not be such.
Naira would rise again in the global economy to an all-time high and would stay that way.
Fuel would be cheap, Agricultural produce would be exported en masse, Exports would boom and the indigenous industry would Experience a lot of breakthroughs and innovation.
The Nigerian Passport would be scrambled for in the diaspora.
Young people, I see a lot of young men would rise up to prominence to take on the centre spread of national Development and Industrial life. They would be on the news everywhere.
It’s like the old Dangotes, the Adenugas and Tinubus would be retired in terms of prominence.
New faces are coming on the scene. New faces, Yours! And many of the young visionaries you see around.
There is a shift coming also to the class system. The middle class would come up and so would the lower class.

Nigeria is a fruitful field, Everything would grow. Every sector of life would thrive. Our nation Nigeria has never witnessed this level of precise development in the past.
It’s a shift taking place.
God has an interest in this nation.
Peace, love and unity

‪#‎mydream‬

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WHY NEITHER GEJ or GMB WILL MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE

Goodluck Jonathan GEJ-and-General Buhari GMBIn view of the Nigeria’s presidential election that is exactly a week away, a friend, a political activist and a rare mind that truly understands CHANGE as against a mere slogan to win the heart and vote of a nation; Gideon Oghenetega challenged me in a chat to a singular reason why whoever becomes the next Nigerian president will most likely fail.
Here is the chat.
Oghenetega: Tolu, let me interest you with something. Are you ready? If someone should build a structure for instance with the knowledge that he used bad materials, and people died maybe because the structure tumbled, what do you think we should do to that man?
Tee Abraham: The man is supposed to be charged with murder since he knew the materials were inferior
Oghenetega: Hmmmnnn…Do you mind if we tweak it a bit? Let us assume that the man didn’t know. Should we still charge him?
Tee Abraham: If he didn’t know…hmm. Firstly, he must accept total responsibility for that event. Secondly, I believe there are organised bodies to monitor building activities. If there are such bodies, they didn’t do their job. There are so many factors that will determine if he is to be charged or not.
Oghenetega: Ignorance though is no excuse for the law.  Let’s focus on the man, for now, so we can understand better.  What if I tell you I’m talking about a very prominent Bishop who has a crowd following? Should we still make him pay for what he did? Just follow the idea. I want to prove something to you.
Tee Abraham: Yes he should
Oghenetega: Do you know why you think so? I suspect it’s because we started from a premise. If the courts find him guilty, he will be charged and may even face a sentence? (I’m using him as an example to prove a point). But do you know that the state is having a problem with charging him?  Even when it caused hundreds of death? Even Boko Haram has not killed 100 people this month (by the time of this chat) How come we are not angry about this particular situation? Why are we literally sweeping it under the carpet?
Oghenetega:  The definition of change is not enough good roads, electricity, clean water and other social security benefits. These are the symptoms of developmental change. True change is a triumph of law and order over any man, I mean any man. If Nigeria will be a better society, Law and order must triumph, and it will come at the cost of religious, ethnic and political bias. When I say religion I mean alfa, ifa, politician, businessman, pastor all join. I say ethnic I mean all forms of nepotism. When I say political bias, I mean that the interest of the state is senior to political affiliations. Look at the political propaganda political parties have been spinning about particular individuals. The speculations and allegations raised ought to be pursued in courts, not on our TV screens, Even if the incumbent Government isn’t bringing up charges, why aren’t members of Lagos state raising any civil suit? I’m not sure if Nigeria is ready for change as we claim. True change is that if I or Buhari, or Daddy Adeboye, or Goodluck Jonathan or Ex-President Obasanjo, or Fashola or anyone else commits a crime against the state, she/he must serve the same punishment. The true change means that all men are equal before the law.
Oghenetega: The reason why law and order are important because it guarantees freedom for all men regardless of their social status, gender or any prejudice. If law and order do not regulate the actions of men, there will be no equitable distribution of wealth, no gender equality, and no fair way for people to climb the economic ladder. What guarantees the proper functioning of society is the prevalence and dominance of law and order. It is the only instrument that does not discriminate. In the affairs of men, there must be the fear of punishment, it is what prevents unruly behaviour and reinforces meaningful change and progress.
Tee Abraham: What of immunity clause for president, governors and other political office holders?
Oghenetega: There can be a law that states that if an official is in government and is found wanting, he should resign so that the law can take its cause.
Oghenetega: So Tolu I ask you, do you think Nigeria is ready for true change? The summary of all I’m trying to say is that true change means that nobody is above the law. For the record, I won’t be surprised if the particular Bishop goes scot free. We don’t have the stomach as a nation to take out our big men. Through our actions (talk less of that of our leaders), we endorse corruption and wrong.  It’s not just our leaders that need to change. It’s our society that should change. That’s why I say it does not matter who is president, the Nigerian castle in Spain will still flop if the members of the society do not change.
God bless you, Tolu.

So I ask you, do you think Nigeria is ready for true change? Waiting to read your comments.

Alfa – An Islamic leader
Ifa – An ancient religion in south-western part of Nigeria

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