In the Church I went to yesterday, the Pastor called out to anyone present who was vying for Political office in the 2011 Elections, to come forward.
They all trooped out...about 10 of them. Some actual Candidates, others representing family members or friends who were contesting.
One guy even represented two of his friends!!
The Pastor asked them to all state their names and what offices they were running for.
I remember flinching when an elderly lady amongst them said she's 'pleading' on behalf of her son who is running for (she wasn't too sure about the particular office)...Senate in the East.
The Pastor asked the Church congregation to stretch forth their hands and pray for them. My hand stayed right where it was and my eyes remained wide open.
Why should I pray for them?!
Because we are in Church? Have they declared 'Why' they are running or what vision they have to change the lives of the people whom they are gunning 'to serve'?
I will pray for God to protect someone who I can see and hear actually has a passion for the people...not for their pockets.
Since when does the fact that someone is sitting in Church make them a good person who is qualified to lead me?! I actually felt somewhat insulted that I was being called on to trade my intelligence for religous sentiment by the Pastor asking me to pray for them to succeed.
If they were all called onto that podium and asked to state their dream for Nigeria or anything that can give me even the slightest insight into their intentions, then all would have been well.
I call on spiritual leaders, or anyone that has authority over any group of people...please use your influence wisely.
If these guys who were being prayed for yesterday do make it to office and start messing up, I seriously doubt we will find them to pray against then.
If you really feel the need to pray, then pray that the Election process is fair and that your vote should count.
6 years ago