It is February 2019 and it is just a few days to the elections in my country, Nigeria. As is the norm, posters of politicians are everywhere, many campaign strategies are being employed to solicit for votes. For starters let me state that the aim of this post is not to endorse any political aspirant. So you won’t see the picture of any politician,  or have any name mentioned, no matter how ubiquitous they have become, my fellow Lagosians #ifyouknowyouknow.

As we draw close to election day, there are a few points to note as a Christian.

– A Christian has the Right to Vote and to be Voted for.

To speak about this point, I must say that Democracy and every other form of government is man-made. Politics is a man-made construct. This is why there is no such thing as a political mandate from the Lord. This is why the choice of who becomes President is not dependent on God, but the actions of men.

Politics is a man-made construct. This is why there is no such thing as a political mandate from the Lord. This is why the choice of who becomes President is not dependent on God, but the actions of men. Click To Tweet

That said, there is nothing that prevents a Christian from going into politics, just like nothing prevents him from pursuing a secular degree or career. To be honest, we need more fervent Christians in the political space, because then we can be sure that we would live peaceable lives in the fear of God.

I know being a Christian does not equate to political competence, but we can be certain that a true Christian would be restrained by his beliefs, in indulging in certain excesses. On the other hand, as a Christian no matter how much you pray for a good leader, if you do not vote for those good leaders, you are only walking in self-deceit. So be discerning, seek out a competent leader and support with your vote.

No matter how much you pray for a good leader, if you do not vote for those good leaders, you are only walking in self-deceit. Click To Tweet

I am not ruling out the possibility of electoral malpractices, but be certain that you did the right thing by voting a candidate you find to be close to ideal. This leads me to the next point.

Being a Christian does not equate to political competence, but we can be certain that a true Christian would be restrained by his beliefs, in indulging in certain excesses. Click To Tweet

– No Electoral Malpractices

As  believers, integrity and transparency are required of us in every of our dealings. So whether you are the one voting or being voted for, you must not seek to win at all cost.

A Christian must not resort to sponsoring violence just because of a political agenda, we are to follow and uphold peace with all men. As a believer, you should not submit to political racketeering. Your vote should come from an informed position and not because of bribes. Do what is right, be led by the Spirit of God.

Your vote should come from an informed position and not because of bribes. Do what is right, be led by the Spirit of God. Click To Tweet

– Pray

A believer is called to pray for those in authority, especially at a period like this,  your prayers are very important (1 Timothy 2:1-4). As believers we pray because we know our prayers are effective. So pray for peace, pray for those in power, pray for your country, because only then can we live peaceable lives in the fear of God.

As believers, we pray because we know our prayers are effective. So pray for peace, pray for those in power, pray for your country, because only then can we live peaceable lives in the fear of God. Click To Tweet

 Thank you for reading, hope to hear your thoughts in the comments section.

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