It is hard to believe that despite the hundreds of thousands of Churches,Mosques and other worship centres scattered all over Nigeria,crime(corruption) is on the increase. One may be tempted to say that the more the number of worship centres, the higher the crime rate.Just about a week ago, I read a very captivating article written by a friend of mine captioned-Nigeria:The More The Churches,The More The Atrocities.
Nigeria is ranked one of the most religious countries in the world but ironically one of the most corrupt countries as well.Why so?
For country that boasts of well recognized and respected (both locally and internationally)men of God,both Muslims and Christians,a country that has one of the best worship centres(size and appearance),a country where many men and women have the title,JP, Alhaja and Alhaji attached to their names as a symbol of having gone to the holy land of Jerusalem and Mecca. Do all these translate to the life style of the people? What impact do the church and mosque have on Nigerians? Inspite of this,moral decadence,corruption of various kinds is at alarming rate.
In my neighborhood,the number of churches and mosque is between 50 and 60. For this one would expect to find young people of high moral standings but the opposite is the because the most lucrative health centres are the abortion centres.Infact,jobless young men and women have taken to evangelism because with your good English,nice look and ‘swag’ you can easily attract the opposite sex.
Unfortunately for me this night, I was forced to kill sleep due to the noise emanating from the worship centres. Just a few yards from my house,there is a God’s wonders Ministeries,with its teeming members clapping and praying through the loudspeakers and across the street is a mosque with its speakers mounted on the roof producing such a thunderous noise that has forced me leave the bed and get busy with something-this article,while the night lasts.
Each time I think about the kingdom of God or heaven, if it exists, I ask myself how many Nigerians will make it.There is this joke of a Nigerian man of God(pastor or imam) who was being interviewed and when asked assess corruption level in Nigeria,he said ‘’the level of corruption is very high in Nigeria. Even members of the church are deep in corruption.Imagine someone gave offering with a fake one thousand naira note.This is heartless ,he concluded. When he was asked what about the money with the hope that he would show the money,he said, ‘’I have used it to get a new Bible for my son’’.
Expectedly,one major reason for this trend is because many of this new generation pastors have deviated from the message of salvation to the message of prosperity.
Worse still, our honourable and dishonourable members,ministers,governors,president and vice president belong to one religious body or the other,they pay tithes and offerings,give out cars and houses to men of God out of their ill gotten money and the man of God adjusts his sermon to suit them.Many believe that no matter our atrocities,the blood of Jesus is there to cleanse them. My fellow Nigerians,do we continue in sin that grace may abound?
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