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Concrete evidence of change (Mt 3:1–12; Lk 3:8–14): The prophetic challenge of the Church to civil governance

George Olufemi Folarin, Comfort Folarin
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 72, No 3 | a3358 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v72i3.3358 | © 2016 George Olufemi Folarin, Comfort Folarin | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 16 February 2016 | Published: 19 August 2016

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George Olufemi Folarin, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria
Comfort Folarin, Department of Religious Studies, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria, Nigeria


Democracy is not just about governing by the majority, but also respect and protection of the right of the weak and the minority. The tendency in any government is that the rights of the weak and the minority are denied them and their members are marginalised. In such a situation, what is the role expected of the church which perceives itself to be the mouth-piece of God to checkmate the abuse and promote the positive use of governance for the good of all? In this article, ‘John the Baptist’s ministry’ is used as the springboard for this paper. Grammatical exegesis is adopted to study Matthew 3:1–2 and Luke 3:8–14. The paper integrates the message of John the Baptist in the context of the contemporary democratic experience in such a way that the prophetic voice of the church is heard afresh.


Church; Justice; Religion; Repentance; Politics; Prophetic


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