THIS IS WHY IT SEEMS AS THOUGH GOD IS DISINTERESTED IN NIGERIAN POLITICS. ( STOMACH POLITICS PART 1) By Michael Benson Ajayi . Senior Gracevine ministries international.
It is has become a recurrent decimal in our body polity to hear of one abuse or the other against the electorate by persons whose offices are regarded as sacrosanct as epitomized by the ceremonial oath of office during the inauguration of any public officer.
Despite the orchestrated pious disposition of these leaders under the auspices of many a clergy, one is bemused to hear of the abuse of office by these same individuals with no regards for the cries of the electorate who in desperation and despair resort to seeking divine help. Out of frustration , many now believe that either God doesn't exist or He isn't interested in our suituation .
From a theist and biblical point of view , one is quick to make research knowing fully well that ours isn't a problem that defies logic. Case in point, by logical approach in faith we overcame the Ebola pandemic when it hit our shores through team spirit and nationalistic zeal. It was our problem and we gave it the requisite attention it deserved.This is proof that with the right attitude and spirit, evil especially corruption ,can be defeated in Nigeria.
The concept of stomach politics has been the bane of our political aspiration and national development as a nation. The effect of this is better understood from the case of Esau and Jacob in the bible. In Genesis Chapter 25. 28-34, chp 26, 27 Esau despised his birthright for immediate gratification failing to understand that by so doing he was mortgaging his destiny .
The birthright to clean drinkable water, good schools for his children, standard opporational hospitals, good roads, world class universities with functional departments and hostels, security, romantic relationships and marriages, a booming agricultural system etc. , was given to Jacob ( politician ) in exchange for feeding money or car that'll soon be consumed by bad roads and without money to fuel the car. Or a trip overseas just to return back to lack of stable electicrity and general insecurity.
In this chapter of the bible , Esau haven realised his errors ran to his father with the hope of reversing the self -afflicted misfortune, but to his chagrin it couldn't be reversed because God is a covenant keeper and honours all business transactions regardless of whose ox is gored.
THE SPIRITUAL LAW OF EXCHANGE :
[NLT] Proverbs 17:8 "A bribe is like a lucky charm; whoever gives one will prosper!
[NLT] "Proverbs 17:23 "The wicked take secret bribes to pervert the course of justice."
[NLT] Proverbs 18:16" Giving a gift can open doors; it gives access to important people!"
The influence of the giver over the receiver cannot be over emphasized . It is an irrevocable law that givers will always rule over receivers. It is the secret of the power of influence by advanced nations over third world countries. The economic and military aid is a type of ( Jacob's porridge) . That's why most western cultures have instituted a principle of exchange of gifts during holidays. This ensures that the dignity of reciepients is maintained . Regardless of how educated a citizen of a third nation is he or she is still brought down in submission to the superior reasoning power of advanced nations who regularly send economic aid. These third world nations are quick to make reference to how better conditions are in America or Europe and find these place as safe haven to dwell sometimes while engaged in jobs under inclement conditions. Givers rule over receivers. proverbs 22: 7 "The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender."
Adam lost control over the garden of Eden by the same principle. It was a fair exchange. Adam had to quit the garden and Satan took over. [NLT] Romans 6:16 "Don?t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living."
The word "dominion" is the Hebrew word rûd. and it's Definition include:
1. to wander restlessly, roam (a. )(Qal) to roam( b. )(Hiphil) to be restless, show restlessness .
In Gen 27: 40 Isaac said "And by thy sword shalt thou live, and shalt serve thy brother; and it shall come to pass when thou shalt have the dominion, that thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck." What this meant was that he could only survive through insurgency. Living by the sword is the same as living by the gun. And the scriptures says their is the possibility of overpowering Jacob by being restless. We have a nation inundated with youth restiveness as a result of marginalization and oppression by the ruling class. Case in point is the insurgency in the various parts of Nigeria.
This can be averted when stomach politics is replaced by a system founded on justice , equity and fairlplay.