#TheExperienceReport: Pastor Paul’s message yesterday? Christians have to join politics – but we have questions

You know we love Pastor Paul Adefarasin. And if we didn’t love him before, the annual gift of The Experience completely sealed it.

But let’s unpack his message at the event yesterday – it was remarkable for its disciplined focus on Christians influencing the world, and leaving the safety of spiritual spaces.

Pastor Paul said Christians have to join politics – we have to leave the faith space and dominate the political, economic and cultural spaces.

“If you have spiritual power alone you have no power,” he said, in an impassioned message. “And staying in faith corner only leads to church competition?”

The subtext was also clear: Christians in leadership across Nigeria, especially in politics will lead to a much better nation.

That’s fair enough. And to be honest it’s a seductive position – and one we have grown accustomed to as Christians trying to engage the reality of a country rapidly going down the hill.

But here’s the thing: sitting in front of him as he delivered that speech was the ultimate expression of Christianity in governance – special guest, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. And then just a few chairs away was the man who presided over the squander of Nigeria’s initial oil boom and the murder of millions of Igbo children under the Civil War, Yakubu Gowon. The nation is yet to recover from his sub-par leading, to put it extremely mildly.

If Nigeria needs Christian leaders, so how come Nigeria is spoiling under Osinbajo?! Are we as Christians going to pretend that he is not number two man in a government that doesn’t know what it is doing?

How do we square the reality of the lack of vision and direction that we have under his government and the continued push for Christians to join, and dominate governance in Nigeria?

Inquiring minds want to know.

PS: By the way, also seated in front was Cosmas Maduka who, as a corporate leader, was involved in a major financial fraud scandal involving a breach of fiduciary duty as a bank director. So this is not looking good at all.

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