Thursday, December 26, 2019 /06.37PM /
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The Church remains a key pivot for driving socio-economic transformation in Nigeria. Senior Pastor of the Elevation Church Pastor Godman Akinlabi said at the opening benediction for the recent 2019 Workplace event organized by Rise Networks.
According to him any religion that is not concerned with improving the lives of people, is a moribund religion.
Pastor Akinlabi cited Rev Dr Martin Luther King (Jnr) a Baptist preacher who was instrumental to the civil rights movement in the United States of America , that sought to address the racial discrimination in the 1960s as example of the role the church can play in social transformation.
Through the efforts Rev King and other civil rights movement leaders America was able to achieve racial reconciliation.
In Nigeria, Akinlabi said the challenge is tackling poverty which is a menace alongside the rising rise in population.
Another point of interest was how Nigeria would tackle its infrastructure deficit and take on practical development projects, that would have lasting impact on the nation.
The Senior Pastor of Elevation Church acknowledged that 65% of Nigeria's population are between the 15 and 35 year age bracket.
He noted that Nigeria is a very religious country and that would not change, but he made a strong case for the conscious support for the development of the nation.
He emphasized the need for the Church to raise vibrant, dynamic and industrious Nigerians, who can contribute to the productivity of the nation.
According to him "We must be careful of not raising a set of people who are heavenly conscious, but earthly useless".
He called for concerted efforts from the Church in equipping Christians to tap into the opportunities provided by the fourth industrial revolution, fostered by digital technology.
For him, the focus is to equip the youth and sensitize them on the fourth industrial revolution and the digital skills they need to become globally competitive.
He challenged Faith-based organizations in Nigeria saying that "We cannot be this religious in Nigeria and still emerge the poverty capital of the globe.".
The Elevation Church Founder also cited the Protestant Church Work Ethics led by Martin Luther according to political scientist, Max Weber, this was the facilitator of the Second Industrial Revolution that strengthened capitalism.
Akinlabi admonished the Church to emphasize the need for Christians to apply their faith to their various fields and disciplines, from the marketplace, professions, politics to the business environment which will invariably lead to socio-economic transformation.