This is an official Statement from Church Arise! on the coming gubernatorial election in Osun State. It is also applicable to the coming general elections in February 2019 - from the Ward level to the Presidential election.
Summary: The CAN should dare to have a single candidate (transparently chosen), and should dare to give him maximum legitimate support; and we have won, irrespective of the outcome of the election on September 22!
CHURCH’S PRIORITY IS TO DISCERN GOD’S WILL AND BOLDLY PROCLAIM IT WITH A UNITED VOICE
“But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.” (Ephesians 5:13-17)
Our God is the true God, the living God, and the everlasting King (Jer. 10:10). He is not scratching His head concerning who should be the next governor of Osun state. He has a candidate in mind. The Church, being God’s ambassador in this space has the duty to understand God’s will and proclaim it authoritatively with a united voice (Eph. 5:17).
So far, with respect to the coming elections, the Church can best be described as having been more or less “playing politics” – of course with a godly intention, seeking the best for the State in general, and Christians in particular. The leadership rather than putting the Church’s full weight to back the candidate discerned to be God’s will, is trying to cautiously calculate which candidates have sufficient clout to win the election and consequently guard her pronouncements so that the Church will not “lose out” should the wrong candidate win!
Producing the winner into the gubernatorial office is very good and desirable. However, it is far more important that the Church learn to discern God’s voice, agree on it, and mobilize her constituency appropriately, than the Church being in the good books of the eventual winner of the election – whether such be her candidate or not.