Happy Sunday everyone!
Going to Church this morning suddenly sparked an idea for this post. To God be the glory!
Churches have become very influential in society! Even in some cases, pastors and priests have advised Presidents on their personal issues, dealing with stress etc. They are human, like us, after all. Sometimes, it doesn't seem that way because they are seen to be powerful sub - humans with the ability to make or break a nation. But at the end of the day they are mortals - like us.
Bishop T.D. Jakes has advised Clinton, Bush and Obama on their struggles. We all know how the Roman Catholic Church and the Pope is very influential in GLOBAL politics. So one can safely say, the Church is a very important element of society and the government. One can even go so far to say that they are quite powerful.
In Nigeria however, it seems to be a different case. Going to church, at least the Catholic Churches, they have a special prayer set aside for Nigeria and the parishioners all end up reciting it at one point in the service. It is called, 'Prayer against Bribery and Corruption in Nigeria.' It is a very important prayer. Very well written, but at the heart of it, something is still lacking. Something is missing. The fact that we could be worshipping with governors and ministers, it is obviously a good idea that we have such a prayer readily available, but so far, it doesn't seem to have done much good.
I am NOT stating that God has given up on us or on Nigeria, but it seems like the people have given up on Him. They have decided to turn their backs to what is morally right and true. They have decided that their love for money is so much more important than the millions of people that are starving in their country.
I guess what I hate is the hypocrisy of the whole thing. You claim you are a Christian. You claim you are a Muslim. (Two dominant religions in Nigeria, almost anyone you meet is affiliated with one of the religions) Yet you forget that there is a God when you steal, lie, cheat, and swindle millions. If you are asked , 'Oh, how did you manage to get that bag, belt or that shoe with the red sole?'
"Oh, God has been good oh!"
What God? Why bring God into this. You obviously know how you arrived at it! YOU stole the money that managed to buy it.
It disgusts me.
The Churches in Nigeria, save from the prayer embedded in the service, don't do much else for the country. I don't mean the charities, and the outreach programmes the churches do aren't beneficial. What I am getting at, is their lack of influence in politics. Some claim politics and religion shouldn't mix, but then I argue that the law and morality shouldn't either - but yet it does. Whether we like it or not, morals are and will always be part of any society, so why aren't the Churches and or the Mosques, doing enough to deal with the government?
The Boko Haram attacks. That is a great tool to incite havoc in the government. The head Bishops and others should meet with members of the government, get them talking about inciting change. Perform cleansing remedies with them to get rid of the crazy mentality this government has.
I just want the Church leaders or the Mosques to do more...
Not only them, but the people who attend their services. We need to fight for a right and true Nigeria. If you know your friend is in government and isn't acting as they should, apart from praying for them to see the error of their ways - talk to them, caution them. Do something. If you know your parents are swindling money then do the same to them. Threaten exposure. Airing their dirty laundry. Shout, scream. Don't accept the LV belt or the Loubout shoe. Don't accept the fancy trips abroad until they come from clean channels. A simple sacrifice for you to maintain your dignity and integrity. So many friends of mine all have very wealthy parents. Have you ever questioned where the money comes from? So many have parents involved in politics. Have you asked your parents why they haven't tried anything revolutionary in their position?
It's about time Nigerians do something.
Make a change.