As we enter into the last day before the election morning, I want to drop a few words for all believers in Christ Jesus. The campaigns has been full of intrigues, and all manners of political displays. Also, I know that by now many of us has made up our minds who to vote for. I too, I have made up my mind on whom I will vote for. I was praying recently when I told God who I want to vote for, and my reason why. I told God that even if the person does not win, that is not my problem. My vote, I told God, is my statement to You concerning my country Nigeria. By my vote, I am telling God the kind of leaders I desire in Nigeria, and the ones I do not desire. That is why I will try to vote is Saturday, and I will use my conscience, not sentiments.
However, I want to take an unpopular view concerning this election, which may sound a little bit out of tune with the sentiments of my fellow brethren in Christ. We are praying about this election, and we are very much opinioned about it. We have a person we want to win, and another person we want to lose, and we have our reasons why. However, I want to categorically say that this election is not a battle between God and Satan. It is not a fight between Christ and any other religion. It is simply an election, and elections happen in life. Never has Christianity been subject to the reigning powers of the day. Though we are happy when we have leaders favourable to us, but Christianity has a life of its own, and fares well whether or not the government of the day is favourable to Christians.
So, whoever wins in this election, it does not mean anything for the Gospel. What I mean by that is that our Lord Jesus can never be limited by whoever becomes the President. He is the Governor among the Nations, and the Government of Nations are in His hands. He sets men up on the throne, and dethrones men. In fact, all the intrigues and chicaneries of men regardless, it is the man of His purpose that will sit in office, and His perception of ‘man of purpose’ may be different from your own perception. So, go out and vote. Exercise your franchise, but do not let your heart be set on edge or be depressed by whoever eventually wins. Because, as long as our God is on the throne, and our Christ reigns supreme; as long as we are faithful to His cause, and we are doing our kingdom duty of prayers and civic responsibilities, however the die turns, WE WIN. YES! WE WIN.
So, Happy Voting to All. And please, sitting at home is not an option. God bless us all.
IN HOPE OF ETERNAL LIFE
J. M. OBODOZIE.