Advocate good governance, godly society, Olumakaiye tells Christians
Bishop of the Diocese of Lagos (Anglican Communion), The Rt. Rev. (Dr.) Humphrey Bamisebi Olumakaiye has encouraged the Church to advocate for good governance by engaging and challenging the government regarding the priorities they set.
Speaking at the 3rd Session of the 34th Synod of the Diocese held at Our Saviour’s Church, Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, the cleric cited Prophet Amos in the Bible, who engaged in a similar assignment by fiercely condemning corruption and social injustice in Israel and Judah during his days. He urged the Church to follow suit.
The Bishop decried the act of silence that permeates the Christian fold as depicted by their reaction to bad governance and societal ills, stating that the Church is the last hope of man since it serves as the mouthpiece of God and must therefore not shy away from speaking against these ills.
“Speaking out against bad governance, wrong leadership, corruption, abuse of power and all forms of wrongdoing is part of our ministry.
The Church must speak against the increased disparity between the very wealthy and the very poor. We must assert God’s absolute sovereignty over man. Jesus demonstrated concern for the poor and less privileged, just as He serves as our advocate,” he said.
Olumakaiye advised the church to influence those in power and positions of authority to bring about change for the benefit of all, noting that advocacy is an integral part of the ministry of the Church, which is the watchmen, should not act neutral and be silent at a time like this.