Now, this is an opinion piece and you are free to form your own. I am not one to judge actions of other people, preachers or individuals and would particularly advocate for the separation of church and state. There is a point in which church and state come together and the lines are blurry such that we cannot tell one apart from the other.
Nigeria being one of the most blessed geographical location on earth is cursed with so much poverty, we have become a case study for poverty. If you look hard enough, I am sure there are university curriculum where Nigerian poverty are case studies or entire courses on poverty. Just joking but then I can totally see it happening.
It is a shame though considering the number of churches and church going Nigerians, a number which by the way far exceeds that of any other country in the world, you could almost say God lives in Nigeria. Yet the level of poverty continues to deepen by the minute with about 6 people becoming poor every minute (as at the time of this writing according to worldpoverty.io). With multiple churches on almost every street and sometimes in the same building, it is counter intuitive that the country continues to harbour impossible levels of corruption and dishonesty.
Wealth is not the issue of Nigeria and I’ll say this again, Nigeria as a country is not poor.
Muslim nations across the world are all recording below 3% poverty while Nigeria with about 190 Million people and over 90 million Christians (over 50% of the Nigerian population) hosts close to 87 million poor people.
Wealth is not the issue of Nigeria and I’ll say this again, Nigeria as a country is not poor. The wealth from crude oil production among other possibilities gives Nigeria a reasonable cash flow; but for shameless leaders who at the expense of a whole nation would rather be rich for themselves.
How has a blessed country such as Nigeria become the haven of a poverty epidemic while rich preachers and politicians continue to exploit their own people? Leaders of congregations of millions of Nigerians own private jets while their church members come to church hungry. We defend our pastors and say ‘touch not my anointed’ forgetting the congregation are the anointed, not just their ‘Christian’ pastors.
The Trials of Pastor Funke Adejumo
A recent petition against Pastor Funke Adejumo has split opinion in Nigeria and overseas where one school of thought is awakening to the cons of today’s church while the other stands by their own justifying the seed and harvest message. I have come to my own conclusions by asking myself a few simple questions and I suggest you come to your own conclusions.
- Who are you giving money to?
- Why are you giving money to them?
- Are those the people Jesus asked in the bible to give to?
- What is your definition of poor?
If your answers to the above questions happens to be your pastors because they are poor, then that would absolutely make sense because Jesus asked us to give to the poor. By all means, stand by your pastors as they’re people too and the message of love which is the mandate as Christians still stand and showing love to your pastors as well as others is our responsiblity.
When the apostles had everthing that was given at their feet, they shared it and did not take it home for themselves. However if your pastor is a bently driving, private jet flying, designer wearing celebrity, you are giving to the wrong person and you will not be getting any blessings for that. Don’t be fooled, when rich people give to each other, they make connections and it turns to even more connections hence while it looks like their giving is providing returns, they’re simply employing simple universal principles to widen their own network. Giving to people to get you within their radar is not wrong, but please do not make that biblical. If you want motivational principles, there are a lot of materials that would teach you these things.
It is important as a Christian you fully understand the principles of God and the principles of the world before justifying fleecing hard-earned money from ‘honest people’. Preachers of the gospel in Nigeria have asked their members to sow seeds to men of God so they can receive untold blessings. My question is, which of these men of God did Jeff Bezos (Amazon CEO), Bill Gates (Microsoft), Warren Buffett, Mark Zuckerberg etc sow seeds to? Surely if this theory were true and God being universal, the richest people in the world must be seed sowing Christians, won’t it? Please excuse my ignorance, shouldn’t Nigeria with close to 90 million Christians be the richest economy in the world or if not be a ranking economy? Please correct me as I’m getting really confused now, but China boasts of over 1.6 million people who are millionaires however China is a predominantly Buddhist country with less than 3% of it’s population in poverty.
I’m of the opinion that the untold blessings and undeserved favour these preachers are selling is the grace we have been given by God when he died for us on the cross so that we may be saved and freed from the law. Whereas the wealth for which we hope to sustain as humans comes from a universal principle which would work for Christians and non-Christians alike. When you apply the principles of wealth, you will become rich regardless of your faith. The principles of giving are no different from faith to faith however enriching your pastors carries no blessings in the Christian faith. The only time giving comes with blessings is when you give to the poor.
A counter petition by supporters of this pastor Funke Adejumo gathered much stronger traction leaving the original petition in the dust as Christians fight back to protect their own. Is she being persecuted?
Honest people in quotes, because it’s widely known that you cannot con an honest man. People who want something for nothing are the easiest targets for cons hence 419, yahoo boys or whichever names you know them by would always have their marks. Christians in a poverty-stricken nation such as Nigeria need answers and unfortunately failed governments not providing basic answers such as food, health, accommodation, Nigerians turn to God for a miracle.
In my own opinion and not ignoring the supernatural, this message of undeserved favour is what has killed the Nigerian economy.
Yahoo pastors with the promise of a immense return ask poor miracle seeking members to give in forms of financial seeds and the message continue to promise magical returns. In my own opinion and not ignoring the supernatural, this message of undeserved favour is what has killed the Nigerian economy. Where great minds have been reduced to miracle seeking plebs and politicians have come to see public funds as undeserved favour. The undeserved favour message subconsciously taught Nigerians to not question the source of fund and any fund that shows up within their control is God’s blessing to their families damning the rest of the public whom have entrusted them to positions of authority.
It is not for the lack of search of solutions and contrary to some opinion, Nigerians are hard working and not generally lazy however when the hard work would not yield nearly enough for one meal, an average Nigerian would take what they can get in form of a miracle. A Nigerian homeless kid who hawks pure water on the road is a hard worker however how many pure water sachets would he have to sell to make enough to buy a meal?
Shame on Nigerian politicians!
All Nigerian politicians should cover their faces in shame! I know Nigerian politicians would raise bogus statistics in an attempt to justify their mediocre achievements. Our children are on the streets, our roads are an eye sore, our schools and hospitals lack funding and this is evident because their families go overseas for medical treatment. When election comes around, they ask us to vote for them based on their track record. The question is, how do we keep falling for the same trick? Surely, we must realise by now that none of these people have conscience and would only look after their own interest.
Make no mistake, when you sell your vote this time around, you sell your children’s future!
But we know now, our mumu don do! Eyes are open, and we refused to fall for the same con. There is no one who has been voted into authority who should be voted back as they have all failed. Make no mistake, when you sell your vote this time around, you sell your children’s future! There comes a point where an elastic band can no longer be stretched, so it breaks. We are at the breaking point!
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