Friday, January 30, 2015

Let God Influence Your Vote - Pastor Iyke Samuels of HOTR Benin advises youths

Ambassador Pastor Iyke Samuels is the Resident Pastor of House on the Rock, Benin and he has advised the youths of Nigeria most especially those of the Christian faith to let God influence who they vote for in the forthcoming elections.  Pastor Iyke in his article explained that he had been reluctant to voice his opinion on the forthcoming elections but he had a dream...

Truly I have always tried not to be seen as being partisan or political. As a result I avoid writing or saying anything about politics. BUT..

I had a dream. In that dream I decamped from a particular party to another one. Just stepping out with the flag of my newly joined party I saw the members of my former party setting ablaze a young man because he's a member of my new party. I was mad!!! I woke up and wondered "why this dream?" Then I figured that I just have to say something about the politics going on now.

Before I go ahead, I want to state it clearly that I don't have a partisan spirit and I am not speaking in favour or dis-favour of any particular party.

What I want to say is simple. Be influenced by God concerning this coming election. Allow God tell you who you must vote for because only God knows the person with the best intention for Nigeria and the person who can set another human being ablaze just because he must be a president at all cost.

Political parties have rolled out strategies, tactics and modalities to influence (convince) you towards voting for them. They campaign from state to state, city to city, street to street, through sms, adverts, montages, jingles etc.
The one I observed recently is targeting the youths through the people they idolise. Even though they might be in their adverts for the money and not because they are the members of the party. 
The use of movie stars, music icons, consultant/public speakers and top influential youths leaders to target the youths might be a solid strategy, but try not to be influenced by that as per who to vote for other than being influenced by God.

One of the music icons I love his message on this election matter is 2face Idibia especially whenever he says 'Vote Not Fight, Election no be war.' I wish that young Nigerians will listen more to that solid message than being influenced to vote for a particular party because they see their 'idols' and icons in the party's advert on TV or hear them on Radio.
As a pastor who is a young man, I think I have the responsibility to speak to the youths of Nigeria to vote by the leading and influence of God's spirit resident in their inside.
* Never vote because money was shared and you got some
* Never allow yourself to be used as thugs when their own children school in USA, UK, France, even Ghana and Kenya.

What's my point? Election is coming close, be with yourself! Be with your full senses! Admire their wonderful campaigns, adverts and strategies to influence and convince people to vote for them but never be influenced by those

Allow God influence you! I join 2face to say that "Election no be war!" so vote and do not fight. I can't kill myself fighting for a man whose sons won't come back from abroad to fight for their daddy. 
Vote wisely! 

Let God influence your vote! 

God Bless You!

1 comment:


    Is it possible to seek the approval of men and be an effective servant of Christ? To go with the flow works well unless there is a waterfall at the end of the river. Then the ride can get a little bumpy.

    Galatians 1:10 For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.

    The apostle Paul said if I were "still" trying to please men. Obviously while Paul was a Pharisee he was trying to please men.
    Do men today continue in their denominations to please friends and relatives?

    John 12:42-43 Nevertheless many even of the rulers believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they were not confessing Him, for fear that they would be put out of the synagogue; 43 for they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God.

    Are there those today who know in their heart that Jesus was correct when He said "has been baptized shall be saved," but will not confess it because they fear being ostracized by church members, friends and relatives?

    James 4:4 You adulteresses, do you not know the friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

    If we have friendship with the world, then we get their approval. Is that approval worth becoming an enemy of God?

    Luke 6:26 Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for their fathers used to treat the false prophets in the same way.

    If all believers and the world speak well of you, do you think you might want to reconsider your life style, as well as your faith?

    2 Timothy 4:2-3 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires,

    If men do not like what the Bible teaches, they will find people who will teach what meets their approval.

    We sometimes think that speaking the truth in love means that we should water down the gospel, compromise the requirements for salvation, accept the sins of the world or simply offer excuses for sin.