Pst. Yo­hanna Y.D Buru,

Gen­eral Over­seer, Christ Evan­gel­i­cal and Life In­ter­ven­tion Fel­low­ship, Kaduna

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My an­swer is ab­so­lutely no. My rea­sons for say­ing no is ob­vi­ous from the Holy Bi­ble, both from the New and Old Tes­ta­ments. In the Old Tes­ta­ment, it was stated clearly that the of­fice of a priest or prophet is a re­li­gious or spir­i­tual one and not a po­lit­i­cal of­fice. The re­li­gious lead­ers were given the op­por­tu­nity to only guide the po­lit­i­cal lead­ers on spir­i­tual and phys­i­cal mat­ters in or­der to lead God’s peo­ple aright through the teach­ing of God’s word and prophetic mes­sages, to both the lead­ers and the led. Sec­ondly, God made a clear de­mar­ca­tion be­tween sa­cred and the sec­u­lar, whereby the sec­u­lar was headed by kings while the spir­i­tual was headed by priests or prophets. Al­though Is­rael was gov­erned by God through judges and the sys­tem of gov­ern­ment was known as Theoc­racy. But af­ter the peo­ple of Is­rael asked for a king, God made the de­mar­ca­tion be­tween sa­cred and sec­u­lar. This sep­a­ra­tion be­tween the sec­u­lar and sa­cred con­tin­ued through to New Tes­ta­ment, in which God as­sured us that all au­thor­i­ties are God’s (Ro­mans 8:1-7). To be called into pas­toral min­istry does not in­volve pol­i­tics as it is stated in the holy book that re­li­gious lead­ers are called into min­istry lead­er­ship and gift for the ed­i­fi­ca­tion and unity of the body of Christ. Above all, this call­ing and gift for min­istry lead­er­ship is meant to help in shap­ing the politi­cians and po­lit­i­cal sys­tem for the good of all. So, if re­li­gious lead­ers are in­volved in pol­i­tics, who will guide the politi­cians to do right be­fore men and God?

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