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“You cannot and should not extract these Christian foundations from the evolution of our nations any more than you can or should erase the spires from our landscapes.” - Conservative co-chairwoman Baroness Warsi.

“And they told to Mordecai Esther’s words. Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king’s house, more than all the Jews. For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:12-14 Like Esther, a lot of Christians have risen to positions of influence where their opinions are valued in matters that affect the running of the country. They have been placed in areas where they make decisions that affect hundreds, if not millions of lives. The laws of this nation are primarily founded on a Christian foundation and thus should uphold, rather than suppress, Christian beliefs. These Christian public officials have been mute for so long, possibly lacking the confidence to speak out about some of the things that negate their beliefs. I feel the time has come for such officials to be given the backing of the Christian community in order to be able to stand up with confidence for their beliefs. It’s high time they did not feel intimidated to speak out. I doubt that Esther would have had the courage to approach the king if Mordecai (and the entire community) hadn’t lent their support, even challenging her by detailing the consequence of any 46

inertia on her part. Esther acted at the risk of losing her life. She approached the king without being summoned, an action that qualified for the death penalty. She came to the point where what was at stake with her silence was greater that her standing up for a people she represented; we all need to emulate her bravery in this period. I’m using this medium to call out to all Christians, both in positions of influence and not, to become proactive and lend their encouragement and support to actions that will uphold the Christian faith. We need to form groups that will look out for, and speak out against, anything that will threatens the Christian heritage of this nation. Another reason we should standup for our belief is augmented by the inconspicuous lesson found in the story of Paul the Roman Citizen. “the chiliarch commanded him to be brought into the fortress, saying that he should be examined by scourging, that he might ascertain for what cause they cried thus against him. But as they stretched him forward with the thongs, Paul said to the centurion, who stood [by], Is it lawful for you to scourge a man [who is] a Roman and uncondemned? And the centurion, having heard it, went and reported it to the chiliarch, saying, What art thou going to do? For this man is a Roman. And the chiliarch coming up said to him, Tell me, Art *thou* a Roman? And he said, Yes. And the chiliarch answered, *I*,

Queen Esther took a risk to do what she felt was necessary to safeguared the future of her people. What are we willing to risk to defend the Christian faith?

for a great sum, bought this citizenship. And Paul said, But *I* was also [free] born. Immediately therefore those who were going to examine him left him, and the chiliarch also was afraid when he ascertained that he was a Roman, and because he had bound him. - Acts 22: 24–29 Paul was able to do a lot of the things he accomplished in the regions God sent him to by taking advantage of his status as Roman citizen, without which I doubt he could have accomplished all he was able to. Many of us Christians have statuses that afford us some luxuries. It’s time to put these to use in favour of what we professes as our belief. The buck stops at the feet of every Christian; nothing can be passed on and things need to be dealt with as swiftly as is possible. This is not a time to feel that it is others’ duty to speak out or act. We need to speak out in support of the leaders who are bold enough to profess their Christian belief. We need to ask ourselves the question: When we are eventually reunited with the great cloud of witnesses, and they ask how we ran the race that was set before us, what would our response be? The time to stand up has rarely been more critical than it is this present day! For more information on the SALT Group (Politics and Civic Awareness) at Jesus House, please contact Lola Adedoyin at loladedoyin@hotmail.com or Bukky Olawoyin at bukky@olawoyin.net

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