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|The Unholy Relationship Between The Church And Politicians by ebohstepn(m): 6:30pm On Mar 12|
Christianity and politics have a long history dating back to hundreds of years ago and over the years various scholars have come up with different combinations of Christianity and politics such as Christian communism, Christian socialism, Christian anarchism, Christian libertarianism, or Christian democracy.
There are also those who are of the opinion that Christians shouldn't be interested in politics or government.
In a country where being religious is the norm, politicians have stepped up their game by aligning themselves with Religious leaders as a way of getting the support of the people.
This is how it works.
Pastors a.k.a Men of God are very much revered by their followers/church members. In some cases, one can argue that they are even more revered than the God they worship.
By aligning themselves with men of God, politicians appear legitimate in the eyes of Christian folks and with this endorsements from the pastors, they get the support of the church members.
In most cases, the pastors align themselves with and endorse the politicians for their own monetary gains.
After all, the church runs on money and Nigerian politicians are always loaded with cash so it seems like a mutually beneficial business relationship.
These pastors rarely criticize the political leaders when they do wrong neither do they bother about the fact that most (if not all) of the funds they get from these politicians are stolen.
In the Bible, the prophets were able to rebuke Kings and other political leaders because they had not compromised themselves by aligning with politicians and taking their monetary gifts.
In this article, we'll use the current Vice President Yemi Osinbanjo and Senator/Pastor Remi Tinubu as case studies.
When President Muhammadu Buhari and his Yemi Osinbajo were contesting for the Presidency in 2015, they made sure to align themselves with the biggest church in Nigeria.
"The Redeemed Christian Church of God"
They wouldn't be the first to do so. When Goodluck Ebele Jonathan became president, he also visited RCCG and was prayed for by the G.O himself, Pastor Enoch Adeboye.
The 2015 elections was basically a face-off between GEJ and PMB but PMB had an upper hand with the religious audience.
Yemi wasn't just a politician. He was also a pastor under the RCCG family and with that kind of connect, it only made sense for PMB and Yemi to use the RCCG card to their advantage.
PMB and Yemi won the elections and their administration hasn't really been smooth or free of scandals.
However, Pastor Enoch Adeboye has never spoken publicly about the various ills plaguing Nigerians under the PMB led administration.
This year, Yemi Osinbajo publicly encouraged churches to speak out against corruption but how can can the churches do so when they have taken sides with the politicians who are corrupt.
How can pastors chastise politicians for corruption when they rely on these same politicians to come and pay tithe from the money they have stolen?
During the recently held gubernatorial elections, yet another pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God was in the news for all the wrong reasons.
While speaking to a crowd of eager voters, she told them to show their hands (to show if they have voted) and they will be given money if they had voted.
That's bribery. Not just bribery, she's also encouraging voters to sell their votes.
It gets worse.
In a video that went viral, Pastor Remi Tinubu is seen speaking to a certain Charles Nnamani, an Igbo man.
She complains to him that during the February 23 presidential election, Igbos in Lagos did not vote for President Muhammadu Buhari.
Nnamani, who is physically-challenged, however, informed her that he actually voted for the president. She then reportedly responded: “How will I know? You Igbo, we don’t trust you anymore.”
Not only is this a tribalist remark, but it's also problematic because everyone has a right to vote for who they want to.
That's how democracy works. That's how the law works.
A pastor who engages in vote buying and tribalism and yet no rebuke from the head of the Church she represents as a pastor.
It is no surprise that she gets no rebuke from Pastor Adeboye.
Imagine the large chunks of cash, Pastor and Senator Remi Tinubu would be paying in church and also don't forget about her political connections.
As Christians, we must not stand for this type of hypocrisy in our churches.
Jesus Christ went into the temple and flogged people who were trading in the temple because the house of God is not a business place.
Our pastors have reduced God's house to a business place where they turn a blind eye to the rubbish done by politicians because of what they gain from them.
|Re: The Unholy Relationship Between The Church And Politicians by viyon02: 7:22pm On Mar 12|
Op religion has been a harlot to politics since time immemorial just that it is not obvious to people. If you can read Revelation and understand it very well.if you know you know
|Re: The Unholy Relationship Between The Church And Politicians by UceeGod(m): 11:20pm On Mar 12|
Only God knows His true disciples - the real Church.
Those worship centers and their occupants are not the real church of God but those who truly worship Him in SPIRIT & TRUTH.
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