What if Nigerians and our leaders alike are a people of empathy? Capable of pity, sympathy or compassion for others. What if our preachers would feed the poor and empower people rather than build massive arenas* for the poor to sit on Sundays? I know, you say they feed the poor and still built a massive arenas*, so I ask how many other poor people could they feed or empower?
What if Nigerians are taught to be the answers to other people’s prayers and not the ones in venues across the nation praying for things? What we learn is to expect a miracle, how about being a miracle? People live their lives waiting for a miracle, how boring? In that time, you could learn be a doctor, nurse, firefighter, teacher, finance adviser, lawyer, a million-other discipline that would turn out to be someone else’s miracle. That doctor that saved lives after an accident, or the lawyer that pleaded an innocent man’s case; these are miracles.
… is there more poverty among “the saints” than we dare confess?
Is it just me or is there more poverty among “the saints” than we dare confess? We say we are blessed and our tithe works for us but it’s clear who is really blessed because we agree to be sheep on every Sunday alter to be slaughtered.
I said it, yes, I said it! A lot of pastors are liars, every cent as human as us and yet we worship them on our alters and they’ve become our gods. They say you should not be poor because Christ died so you could be rich, yet his disciples were poor after he died. Does that mean he didn’t die for them?
What if your preachers spoke the truth, that though you’re saved like Paul, you’ll suffer afflictions? What if they said like Timothy you will face persecution and the world would not love you? What if they told you that your gift, grace and God’s mercy will make way for you, but you still must use your brain?
What if we’re not all just magicians making wealth and riches appear from nowhere because it turns out all we need to do is ask God? What if Nigerians learn to believe in themselves too rather than just calling wealth that be not as though it were? Interestingly, some people have been calling things that be not as though they were for decades and yet they’re still only really poor, just not as poor as 1990 when they started. Guess who’s not as poor as they all use to be in 1990? Well you guessed it!
What if we don’t just learn faith but also learn it requires actual work? What if we are taught to work our faith in line with what the messiah taught? What if we give our work a chance to speak for itself, so we could aspire to stand before kings and not ordinary men?
What if churches rejected gifts/tithes from unverified sources? What if faith leaders do not help pervert the cause of justice to request pardons for church members who have been found wanting in their political posts?
What if Nigerians come to realise that their enemies or the devil will not die by fire? Think about it, since you’ve been praying, how many of your actual enemies have died by fire? It’s laughable really, at the same time it’s not. It is a national tragedy because we suffer from a rare form of delusion of grandeur where we believe we’re more powerful than we are.
In fact, our religious leaders have pulled a wool over our eyes and they’re the ones with actual power. Imagine the power to ask thousands of people behave like lunatics or stare at or pray to a magic wand? Imagine the type of power to make people come back month after month believing this next month is their month for a miracle. 20 years, the same prayer but we’re back thinking this month would be different?
People rolled in wheel chair to touch an anointed chair and are rolled off in wheel chair after touching the anointed chair. At which point would we realise that God will heal you despite your faith but remember there are afflictions you’ll probably die with? Even Paul in the bible had one.
I’m curious, would Christians ever practice what the messiah preached? Love your neighbour (not just your Christian neighbour) as yourself? Or paying attention to helping the ‘least of these…’ because you’re doing it for Christ? The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ – Matthew 25:40
As it’s been revealed, not everything is a miracle; but then everything is a miracle. What if in gratitude we accept the things we cannot change and change the things we can?
*Building Massive Arenas has nothing to do with worshiping God. Acts 7:48 – However, the Most High does not live in houses made by human hands…. | Acts 17:24 – “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. | John 4:21-23 – “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem……Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.
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