Baptists in Lagos to Christians in government: Represent Christ well
The Lagos East Baptist Conference (LEBC) has called on Christians in government to be good ambassadors of the faith noting that the only way the gospel could be entrenched is when people see the life of Christ in those who confess his name.
The conference made the call at the end of her ninth kingdom Life Assembly which held at the First Baptist Church, Agbowa, Lagos, between August 26 and 29.
At the end of the four-day event with the theme, “Following Jesus as a steward”, the conference issued a communique urging, “Christian brothers and sisters who are in political circles and other market places should represent Christ in line with their confession in the Lord Jesus Christ.”
The communique also condemned negative use of social media by Christians warning them “to desist from this unpatriotic act which is fast polluting our society.”
The Lagos Baptists also expressed great worry about the rising cases of suicide calling on governments at all levels “to create job opportunities for the teeming unemployed youth and reduce the psychological trauma people are passing through and create the enabling environment for citizens to operate.” They noted that lack of jobs among the teeming youth population are part of the reasons the country is being bedeviled by all kinds of crimes.
While appreciating the federal government efforts in fighting corruption, the Lagos Baptists urged, “the government to intensify her efforts not only at fishing out corrupt individuals and institutions and prosecuting them but also ensure that the looted funds are recovered and channeled to developmental ventures.”
The Conference, however, condemned government’s inability to stop “armed banditry and kidnapping in virtually every part of Nigeria” asking her to “rise up to its primary responsibility of securing citizens lives and properties by fully equipping the law enforcement agencies and the military to be able to stamp out the evil menace threatening our existence as a nation.”