Monday, May 28, 2018

Christian Democratic Movement urges Christians to care about politics

The Christian Democratic Movement (CDM) has urged Nigerian Christians to join politics, obtain their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and become card carrying members of any of the 68 registered political parties in the country, reports ITRealms.

Mr. Wole Adedoyin hinted this while launching two latest of CDM initiatives, the “Christian Leaders Alliance for Politics (CLAP)” and the “Center for Christian Democracy (CCD)” in Lagos recently.

According to him, the Christian world view provides a comprehensive understanding of reality. It speaks to all reads of life, including political engagement, infact, the Bible speaks about civil government and provides examples of faithful engagement.

“Politics have real-world implications for Christian evangelism, missions and preaching the gospel, Christians ought to engage the political process by leveraging their rightful authority, advocating for laws and policies that contribute to human flourishing.”

“Politics is one of the most important areas in which Christians demonstrate love to neighbor. Infact, how can Christians claim to care about others and not engage the arena that most profoundly shapes basic rights and freedoms? Caring for the hungry, thirsty, naked, sick and lonely is important.”

“Government plays a role in the work of God’s kingdom on earth. Good government encourages an environment conducive for people living peaceably, whereas bad government festers unrest and instability. Because of sin, the legitimate institution of government has, at times, been used illegitimately. However, numerous examples persist of Christians reasserting their influence and redeeming environment to promote good and restrain evil. “

“Christian witness in the public square contributes transcendent values about moral and ethical issues. Christian withdrawal opens a moral vacuum susceptible to influences that pressure government to move outside the purview designated by God. Politics affects government, shapes society and influences culture. Because of what Bible teaches and the inevitability of its effects on our culture, Christians must care about politics.”

Nenye Dom/ED, Ops

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