Developmental Capitalism & The Nigerian Mega Churches: The Way Forward.
An Editorial Opinion
Adeoba Morenikeji Olufemi
There is a work side to prosperity. It is the works of your hand that God blesses.
People are in farms planting yams and you are busy sitting in church. When it is harvesting time, don’t expect yams to fall from heaven. When it is eating time, people are eating and you are “believing” God for yams. Faith doesn’t work that way!
Faith without work is dead. There should be a corresponding action in line with faith.
When the Christian gospel came to Africa, the missionaries saw two vital areas of deficiencies – hospitals and schools. They filled these gaps. Today, directly or indirectly, we have all benefited from it.
Today, we have a major problem – unemployment. Instead of filling this gap, we are taking advantage of it.
We gather the unemployed and “prophesy” jobs to them. We give them stickers, sell “holy water”, tell them to sow and expect a harvest convincing their gullible mind to “work” for the Lord and that breakthrough is coming… All these we do to manipulate and exploit the vulnerable.
We travel abroad. We have gone to Isreal and seen the agricultural exploits there. But we are not willing to bring them home.
When we sow, instead of our money to be invested into ventures like agriculture that would alleviate the sufferings of the weak ones among us, we channel the money to an atheist in Germany who designed MOG’s customized car.
We channel the money to Buddhists in China, where we buy our building materials. We direct the money to a gay in America who produced the sound system and lighting system.
We channel the money to a Muslim in Dubai who did the interior decoration of our “magnificent” church building…what a Capital Flight!
Why are we crying of poverty and for a breakthrough? The God that I know responds to work wherever he sees man doing something to advance humanity, be it a Hindu, Gay, Buddhist, atheist etc.
I don’t want to start mentioning names, neither do I want to indict any person. But just imagine Living Faith Church going into rice production, RCCG going into cassava production, Foursquare into pepper & tomato, Christ Embassy into maize, Lord’s Chosen into yams, Catholics into millets, MFM going into plantain, etc. What will become of this great nation?
The land is there. The manpower is there. The money is there. Like the missionaries, who saw a problem and filled it, we can also fix this problem of unemployment and food security.
Just imagine a church sending hundreds of trailer loads of food to evangelize the North. No man can resist love. Feed them in love and watch how their hearts change. That was how the missionaries changed the hearts of our forebears.
The missionaries have tried for us, and instead of us to keep pressing northwards, we have resorted to building empires. We have commercialized the gospel. It is all about breakthroughs, money and less of Jesus, His Person, His Sacrifice and finished works.
We have the manpower to feed Nigeria and Africa, generate employment by adding values to farm produce and exporting them.
It is time we convert our exotic cars in our garages to tractors and other mechanized and modern agricultural tools. By doing what the government cannot do, “THE GOVERNMENT SHALL BE UPON ITS SHOULDER”.
When we roar, the government is supposed to quiver, not because of our large bank accounts, but because of our intimidating exploits.
It is time to wake up… I see a day when we shall be holding our numerous church services in farms and factories. It is time to take the government upon its shoulder. It is action time!
The Voice of One has spoken! Selah!!!
…….I think we should pass this on! Loads of youths in churches HAVE NO JOBS! The church should think of ways to create jobs for them.
Please, read and share until it gets to all the general overseers of churches in Nigeria.
#ADEOBA MORENIKEJI OLUFEMI
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