CHRISTIANS have been told not to isolate themselves from the realm of politics but to consider it their duty to join politics and display higher moral principles and make a difference in leadership.
Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Dr Uchechukwu Sampson Ogah, made the charge on Friday in Umuahia, while at the Third Session of the Ninth Synod of the Anglican Communion, Umuahia Diocese.
The Minister in his presentation on “the Faithfulness to God in Politics and Nation Building,” stated that “by abstaining from the public square, Christians are compromising one of the most fundamental teachings of the Christian faith.
“When the people of God do not take it upon themselves to vote or stand for elective offices, they carelessly leave the fate of future generations in the hands of wicked and immoral politicians.
“These are men who are wicked and devious who have no fear of the living God among them.
“The reality is that hope for changing our world can never be realized from the political class except they be the ones that look up to God.”
He advocated that Christians should must be in positions to make and enforce laws that protect public treasury, save the poor from getting poorer.
“We can only achieve this when Christians are in politics to mobilize, vote and be voted. When we refuse, the enemy takes over and plants his own children, and of course, the legislate us out of relevance,” he said.
Ogah claimed that Church goers in politics exploit the use of church for votes and refuse to build the roads, schools and hospitals and eventually loot public resources.
“Church goers are a threat to the gospel. It is these people that make it easy for people to wrongfully believe that God does not exist anymore,” he stated.
He lamented that church goers in Abia State misused their political positions in impacting the lives of the people, and noted that, “who can tell the truth of what Abia has earned since 1999 and point to exact projects that justify same?”
“Fundamentally, except we see politics through God’s eye and learn from His walk with kings, queens, and prophets, we will hardly understand His passion for His people to be involved in politics,” Ogah said.