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I sincerely have gone silent on talking politics and national issues on my platforms; I have also disciplined myself to keep mute on certain things no matter how terrible and trendy they are except there is a called need for that. So many of these things are complicated, I don’t want to be quoted to have said things that turned out not to be true. I can avoid some little mistakes this way. About the killings, the marginalization and misleading happening in Nigeria, I admit they are happening but when there is need that is when I would always make my voice heard. There are things I cry about on the inside, there are things I talk about in prayers, there are things I discuss in small groups but then there are things I’d randomly come to the public scene to do. This is one of it…
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I think one of the most misapplied verses of the bible is Proverbs 29:2 “when the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked rule, the people mourn…” We always hear this quotation from Christians championing a political cause or campaigning that a Christian takes up the leadership of a Nation where there are other adherents to other faith. They assume that since everyone who believes in Jesus becomes righteous and justified, they would be qualified to lead a nation into prosperity. I need to bring clarity to your notice so we can stop saying what the bible didn’t say but before that, I would sight few things happening in Nigeria, the country I have grown up in and haven’t travelled out of yet.
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We have had several Christian presidents, we have had several Christian governors and in fact our Christian populated states have had Christians or maybe “adherents” of the Christian faith as governors since the creation of those sates and while some states have prospered (I would say), some have not. Wouldn’t we say Lagos is prospering very well, moving so fast that no state might be able to catch up? But do you know the present governor of Lagos state is a Muslim? Have you gone to places like Qatar? I’ve never been there but I see it on the internet, it is an extremely beautiful place and to some extent we’d say it’s prospering… Yet, this is a Muslim nation. Now that we have seen these examples contrasting with what many of us have always thought the bible is saying, I’d like to do a very brief explanation of that most misquoted portion of the Bible.
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Righteousness in proverbs makes a different meaning because it comes in a very different context. In proverbs, righteousness is always on the practical context, it is not a spiritual righteousness, and it is the practice of morals and ethical codes. It is about the thief stopping to steal; it is about the practice of commitment to living a very honest life, in every field and in every engagement… Now this is what being righteous in proverbs means. It is absolutely natural and there is this natural side of righteousness, the place where we sit with reality and make things happen, the place where we say “we are the righteousness of God” but go ahead to show it. It is in this regard that Paul said to the Christian who steal to steal no more! He is a Christian, he is spiritually righteous, God sees no fault in him but he is stealing, he is a thief and men hate him because he sins against men.
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How about the wicked who rules? We must also understand the state of things and the scope of knowledge the authors of those proverbs operated in. They knew nothing like democracy, they had nothing like Presidents then and sometimes Kingship was gotten by fighting for it or being born into it but we can always lift its meaning intact and still see it find a place in our type of government today. Wicked kings then were kings who only came to serve selfish purpose, to attain more power, to get more people and even more nations submitted to him and there is usually no honesty in them. They rebel against God; they also rebel against the goodwill of the people. Anything short of a righteous king is a bad king and many negative things can be expected. I wouldn’t start citing examples so that this doesn’t become a very long note.
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I think you now understand what the writer meant when he said when a righteous man is on the throne, the nation prospers. I will tell you why the nation prospers; it is because this righteous man does not steal public funds, it is because he leads in love and diligence, he is skilled and versed in the tenets of good leadership and good governance. God created and developed these natural laws to help guide man in a world with corrupted system. Any man who practices honesty, diligence and faithfulness can be a good leader, he can lead a nation into prosperity and that nation will see God’s blessings shine out of it. Let’s say something about God blessing a nation led by a righteous man.
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Jesus didn’t come for a political reason; Jesus didn’t die to raise kings who would lead nations, before he came those where in place. Jesus came for an eternal purpose, a purpose bigger than our big American dreams, big Nigerian dreams, the UN purpose and all of that! So, we cannot make mockery of salvation to think God would meddle into our politics, to pour hot red iron on nations not led by a Christian and pour blessings on nations led by a pot-bellied nonchalant Christian. God has blessed every nation; there are no blessings left with which he has not blessed every nation. There is a spiritual side to life and a natural side to it and we mustn’t let the understanding of both mix up. It is when we put to good use those little things God has given to us, we become trusted for more and we discover more and more what we have been blessed with. How does the economy of a nation improve? If you don’t cultivate a land, its fertility is not put to good use, if you don’t grow a seed, it remains a seed and can never become a tree! We also learnt the story of talents from Jesus right? We can also bring this to a bigger screen and to a national level! How do we think a nation can yield much more increase when the resources it has including human resources haven’t been put to good use? Now you see how to bring about God’s blessings on a nation?
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The righteous man we need now is not a man on tie, standing on the lecterns to read lessons, bearing the cross during processions and paying huge tithe in Church. Yes, as much as I’d love the idea of a Christian to lead my country, It should be best that a competent, honest and qualified leader takes the helm of affairs of the nation, a man who has been tested in other phase of life, a man who had good records of diligence! A man who is work-oriented and not just another politician in another big party! This is how a righteous man can be on the throne!
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And hold on a second! I see some people calling for an election boycott in Nigeria. Oh man, that is foolish. God doesn’t put a righteous man on the throne in a democratic nation, we put him there. We are God’s agency on earth and we wish for something and go for it leaving sentiments! Your PVC will not turn Nigeria around in a flash but your PVC can speak your wish, register your works and contribute to nation building. A righteous man gets on the throne of a democratic nation if we put him there…. There is more to this, very much more to it but won’t be handling it on this episode. Wait a second! Aso Rock isn’t the only place a righteous man needs to be in authority, right where you are, be that righteous man in authority… Let it happen in your family, in your neighborhood, in your school, just about everywhere. After all, another translation of same verse reads that when righteous people are increasing, the land flourishes… Let us increase.
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I just hope we’ve got to put things in right perspective and do the right thing.
God bless you.
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#GracefulGeorge

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