By Etop Ekanem
GENERAL-SECRETARY of Nigerian Baptist Convention, Rev. Ademola Ishola, has taken a swipe at Christian leaders, saying they have been intricately involved in the political crises that have dogged the nation in the last 15 years.
Rev. Ishola stated this in a lecture he delivered, entitled: Our democracy journey: The role of the churchâ€ organised by the Providence Baptist Church, Depemu, Lagos, weekend, as part of its activities marking the churchâ€™s Founderâ€™s Day anniversary.
According to him, â€œNigerian Church cannot be absolved from the present state of things in the country.
â€œToo many compromises on the part of Christian leaders, who have no scruples, have not only discredited the Church, but it has scandalised us. So, it is not too much to say that we Nigerian Christians have been intricately involved in the political crises that have dogged this country in the last 15 years.â€
The Church, he said, must not be involved in politics for the sake of financial gain because in a political environment like Nigeria where much money flows around politics and politicians, it was the responsibility of Christian leaders and churches to ensure that they are not lured into the field.
According to the cleric, Nigerian church leaders must maintain a healthy distance from politicians; healthy not to compromise the integrity of the Church, and healthy not to be too distant to the point of becoming irrelevant when godly counsel is needed.â€
Rev. Ishola, who is also the General Overseer of the Baptist Mission in Nigeria, noted: â€œChristians who have no track record of integrity and commitment to truth and justice have no business representing anyone, not even pagans.Â It is the responsibility of the Church to bequeath to society such men and women who are tested and are willing to serve indeed.â€