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Religion at universities

22 July 2013, 13:37 Onyeji Dominic

Religious activities are completely out of place when they become competitive in contemporary society. Churches and their various denominations are seen as something else when they operate like business establishments or profit orientated organizations. Close observation reveals that churches are now at serious war with one another on our campuses. They are now operating like rival bodies especially here in Africa. Worst part of it is that our school managements and authorities are not taking appropriate measures to check religious mania on our campuses these days. Higher institutions like University and Polytechnic in Africa have been overtaken by religious fanatism, and school authorities are doing nothing to control the madness. One thing we seem to forget is the fact that religious denominations are not meant to have branches on any campus or school. It is quite wrong in contemporary world. School authorities should know that things like advancement and civilization do not call for fanatism on any campus.

Lagos - This is modern world where things are meant to be well organized, sticking to orderliness. Religions activities are expected to be central in schools. Civilization requires believers to operate as one body under one umbrella in every school. Terms like “Campus Fellowship" are quite abnormal in the modern world. What operates in schools as recognized Christian body is a chapel, not fellowship. If you ask the wise, they will tell you that anything outside central chapel on campus is downrightly out of place in contemporary society.

One ugly thing is that activities of the so-called campus fellowships are not doing students any good. It only tends to choke their academic lives to death. This means that the religious activities are both barbarous and distracting in realm of academy. They are seen as distractions in disguise. If you doubt, ask sincere wise men like Apostle Paul in Bible. Go to the learned and pay heed to their candid advices. They will tell you that students are not meant to take active parts in religious activities. It is good for students to be involved in God's work. But they should not allow it to choke their academic lives in make-believe. Active involvements in religion or Christianity are meant for the learned only (wise men of God). Students are neither learned nor wise. Man becomes learned when he has passed through several learning processes and obtained success at advance or top level in his profession. Bible describes such person as a vessel of honor and that is what God expects every student to become in Christ. He does not need your active involvement in his works until you become learned and wise enough to man or handle situations rightly. This was exactly what Apostle Paul meant when he asked young Timothy to study very hard in order to show himself approved unto God, a workman who needed not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the words of truth.

Religious fanatism is not of God and Jesus is not known to anybody as a maniac. Too much involvement in religious activities is not doing students any good. Our campuses today are too crowded with rival groups (pseudo-forums) that are wrongly given official recognitions. Students are now misleading and misdirecting themselves on our campuses, serving as heads, leaders or mediocre-presidents in the so-call Campus Fellowships. Most annoying thing here is that they do not graduate with good grades after all the devotions and active involvement. We have millions of them in cities roaming about with their mediocre-files of poor credentials. We see them graduating with shame and regret contrary to Apostle Paul's teachings (...workman who need not to be ashamed...). If you doubt, go to labor market and see things for yourself. Consult employers and their agents. They will tell you that applicants who look religious and dowdy in appearance are marked or known for very low grades. You can never see religious maniac or fanatic graduate with high grades, not on this very planet called earth. They live in make-believe and lack what it takes to come out with flying colors. We have them everywhere wasting away in real life as downright failures

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