In Him was life and the life was the light of men. Light is very essential to the very existence of humanity. All that light represents are good. Light represents goodness, knowledge that allows man to ride on ignorance, that leads to national development funny enough light also represents electricity here in Nigeria. While darkness is synonymous to everything evil, bad, underdeveloped, and many more. Even in our dear national life, lack of light I mean substantial electricity had been a bane of our national development which has drastically relegated us to be undeveloped among the committee of nations. In fact, darkness is not just a new phenomenon it’s been from the inception before the earth was created. It was the very first bane God himself had to challenge to conquer before he could successfully overcome and establish this beautiful earth.
That gives us an insight if God the creator of heaven and earth needed light to establish his desired world how much more we as a nation or individual think we would not need light to establish our desired world. Darkness can come in any form to attack anyone be it as an individual, family, or as a nation. There are forces of darkness here and there that represents diverse challenges that different nations of the earth are combating. But in our own nation. darkness had thrived in the area of political leadership, governance, corruption, and moral decadence which also the religious bodies have contributed their own quota to even destroy more while the church, in particular, had been playing dormant roles in aiding and abetting culprits of all these crimes against our nation. In fact churches overlook or turn a blind eye to rebuke these unscrupulous thieves who have looted our treasury. Darkness is the absence of light and wherever darkness thrives all forms of chaos are bound to exist. As a matter of fact, what we are experiencing today in this nation is a result of the absence of light. Light in this focus could represent knowledge, revelations that propel revolution. Darkness thrives in every nook and cranny of our dear nation most especially in the govt terrain.
Many politicians and govt officials have become extreme diabolical and invisible witch doctor as many have different shrines and altars on whose innocent blood are shed daily. As a matter of fact, almost all religious bodies are not left out.
Churches in particular have become a hidden coven of works of darkness. Many have lost focus and their bellies have become their gods. A church that suppose to be the platform for which the nation derives moral virtues, the institution that supposes to epitomize godly disposition and conscience has become part of the arm that also wreak havoc on the nation via lack of focus and unbridled appetite for wealth accumulation.
No wonder the Bible says judgement would start from the house of GOD!
Statistically, almost everyone has one spiritual authority or the other whom he or she submits to. In fact, many of our politicians have one spiritual head or the other whom they seek for prosperity, progress, favour, protection, and fortifications. Some it’s Alfas or sheiks, some it’s Native doctors while some their spiritual leaders are pastors and prophets who suppose to provide guidance as well to serve as checks for them but because of their greed, they overlook the heart of the matter and pursue the matter of their bellies.
Righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a reproach so says the Bible.
Many visions have been eroded with personal greed and immediate gratification. When the church which supposes to be the light of the world thrives in self-destructive ignorance and celebrate greed and idiocy what do you expect of that nation to become.
As a matter of fact, the sphere of influence of the church cannot be underestimated because church supposes to be the spiritual compass for the nation and perform the task of providing insight and moral guidance for the national leadership but when they are found wanting hence the rot we are experiencing today in all aspect of our national lives.
Many schools have abandoned the moral virtues which our forefathers hold dear when growing up rather moral decadence had been the order of the day in all aspects of our endeavors. In fact, when you get to some churches you would have to silently remind yourself you are not in a club or comedian shows. Some have become indirect business schools and management platforms where only principles of leadership and success are taught without the personality of the Holy Spirit needed for genuine transformation and inner repentance that will lead to the revolution of characters and minds.
Many of our pastors are charismatic without corresponding characters. The church that suppose to beam with godly light in all areas of lives now become the dungeon where darkness thrives.
What is Church? The church should not be the building where many jingoism and spiritual gymnastics are going on. The church is the body or group of people or family where one fellowship and relate since the Bible says we should not forget the assembly of brethren.
The early church was a group of apostles and members of their society who shared the same belief and they were catering for the needs of others while their daily worship, prayers, and word admonition were so significantly obvious in their characters till when they were tag as Christians in Antioch.
But these days if someone says I am a Christian you must have to call the customer care line of heaven to affirm the authenticity of that claim because many proclaimed Christians today are professional crime lovers, cheaters, looters, and hypocrites. In fact, many steal from Paul to pay Peter meaning many of them we know steals from govt or corporate organizations and come for thanksgiving in a church even paying the tithe of what they have stolen. Many do not rob with arms but with a pen, In fact, some have re-branded their fraudster tendencies.
Many atrocities are ongoing even in the so-called big churches today while the vision and mission of their calling are being eroded day by day. When Christ said Go ye to disciple all nations, he meant through the discipline of virtues in our lives, many lives and characters would be molded but the reverse is the case. The Church had turned many to become born against rather than becoming born again through the Spirit.
The church is part of the institution that suppose to build a nation because through the involvement in nation-building they also shape citizen’s moral views and beliefs which in turn will govern their characters.
Since the church is to make a positive impact in our society, the church leaders should re-position and re-brand many of their self-righteous and greed centered messages and call a spade a spade. They should spitfire and rebuke looters, speak against oppression and bad leadership, motivate people under their influence to make special impacts on every area of endeavors, and stop celebrating the enemies of our nation’s by giving them special seats and treatment. If these can be done, there would not be a hiding place for the political thieves and other criminals in our society. The church should make these people uncomfortable because it is better to listen to the rebuke of the wise than songs of fools.
Let church come out boldly and take her place and speak against all forms of oppression in the land and also rebuke their members who are part of the looters and I believe other religious bodies will also follow suit because no religion that teaches oppression of fellow human beings, stealing or lack of moral virtues.
But the church must take the lead and champion a revolution against any person, govt, bodies, or cabals who have through their greed held this great nation to ransom and create bottleneck problems for us all. Check these looters who steal our national resources are either Christians or Muslims and if not at most a traditional believer or even atheist, they all have one thing in common which is their greed and selfish interest and with that, they always celebrate their unity together while they use religion, tribal sentiment and others to create division among people most especially during the election period.
All people irrespective of their religious beliefs, tribe, or geographical location should come out join forces together and speak against oppression in the land of which I expect the church to take the vanguard position.
When churches become a true light to the nation that is when they would serve as eagle’s eyes to our leaders and they would provide clear spiritual guidance for the leaders in governance.
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