What is Christianity?
Is it a way of life or just a course that must be pursued aggressively?
In recent times, I have come across many conspiracy theories about a plot by Islam to overthrow Christianity world wide and I have always dismissed such as idle talk being a massive proponent of peace and harmony across all ethnic and religious lines.
However, my recent exposure to certain information and current happenings in the world and Nigeria especially has given me serious cause for concern and a reason to revamp my thought process and mentality.
A firm note of warning: I am not a religious fanatic. On the contrary, I admit that I am passive but I feel there are certain revelations that I feel obligated to reveal to my blog readers. I can only hope that a pattern will emerge but ultimately, the decision whether this is something that should be pushed aside as the ranting of another religious fanatic lies with you reading this now.
This sudden change in my perspective is as a result of a revealing message by an RCGF pastor and I must thank Dr. Uyi Asemota for bringing this to my notice. For someone who is very concerned about data usage, I streamed through this over-an-hour online audio and my internal bull-shit filter which protects my data subscription went on hibernation. It was that serious! The link to this audio is at the foot of this blog post and I encourage every practicing and non-practicing Christian to take time out and listen to it.
Now, back to the question of Christianity. This came from a conversion I had with my best friend. From my understanding of the life of Jesus Christ from whose name it is coined, it is a way of life; living like Jesus Christ did. However, the bitter truth is that is not all we are to do as followers of Christ. Jesus Christ came for a reason: to bring men to the knowledge of the truth which is love and God is love. He has done that and has returned back to heaven at the right hand of God.
Before he left, he charged us as His followers to “Go into the world and preach the gospel”. See Mark 16:15. This is the answer to the previously asked question. Christianity is not just a way of life but a course that must be aggressively followed.
The question to ask now is are we doing this? Please take time out to research on the predominant religion in Turkey a thousand years ago and compare that with what obtains today. You’ll be amazed!
Let’s come down to Nigeria. Nigeria has in the past five years or more been battling an insurgency problem. There is a tendency to mask all that as politics. Well, yes. It is politics but politics that is deeply rooted in religion. Boko Haram has never masked its objective from the start. In fact, the name is quite revealing; western education is bad.
However, as we have seen in recent times with the bombing of churches, maiming and persecution of Christians resident in the Northern part of Nigeria and the declaration of an Islamic Caliphate in parts of Borno State, it is safe to say that they are not just battling against western education and influence but Christianity as religion.
I have always wondered why many notable Nigerian Muslims have not come out strongly to condemn the activities of the sect and this in my opinion is a tacit support of its jihad. Fear is a factor I will not rule out considering that the radical sect has not limited itself to killing Christians only.
We all have at one point or the other heard of a ploy to Islamise Nigeria. The most disturbing is what is called the Abuja Declaration of 1989 under the IBB regime. It was made by an organisation called The Islam in Africa Organisation (IAO) which is an offshoot of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) of which Nigeria is a member. Please ask yourself why Nigeria is a member. Aren’t we supposed to be secular state? Do you realize that Islam is a constitutionally recognised religion in our constitution? In fact, a cursory look at our constitution will reveal that it is more Islamic in nature than anything else (I had to check this out to confirm). Can we now honestly say Boko Haram does not have a legitimate struggle? Food for thought.
This OIC offshoot was founded with the goal to “win the whole of Africa for Islam”. Now, this is definitely an aggressive course of action. It has been rumored that IBB donated the hefty sum of $21billion dollars of Nigeria’s money to assist it in achieving its goals. This rumor has neither been debunked nor affirmed. The statutes and goals of the organisation were ratified in 1991 and some of them are listed below;
-To ensure only Muslims are elected to all political posts of member nations.
-To eradicate in all its forms and ramifications all non-Muslim religions in member nations (such religions shall include Christianity, Ahmadiyya and other tribal modes of worship unacceptable to Muslim). Please note that word “Christianity” was underlined.
-To ensure the ultimate replacement of all western forms of legal and judicial systems with the sharia in all member nations before the next “Islam in Africa Conference”.
-To ensure the appointment of only Muslims into strategic national and international posts of member nations.
I have tried to research on this but have come up with nothing so far. Its either this is figment of somebody’s imagination or its a closely guarded secret. Whichever, it sure sounds familiar when we recall that at a point in time, Shekau called on President Jonathan to renounce Christianity and embrace Islam for the carnage in the North to stop. I’ll say no more on this.
I never had any faith in the just concluded National Conference especially with the mouth-watering emoluments prepared for participants but some interesting things came to light during the process, one of which is that constitutionally, Christianity is at a disadvantage. All attempts to rectify this were met with stiff resistance. We are still waiting to see what becomes of the recommendations from conference so for now, I will cease to make any further comment.
Let’s talk politics. Most people know that I have no love for PDP and that is true till now because I feel if they had a prime focus, Nigeria would not be where it is today. However, when we talk about a viable alternative, is APC going to be any better?
At this particular point in our national history, we cannot avoid the fact that we are a multi-ethnic and multi-religious country. The principle of fairness should dictate that this characteristic MUST be taken into consideration even though I still believe this to be breeding ground for mediocrity; but we are a peculiar nation so we require a peculiar solution.
There was a time when I received and was offended by lots of broadcast messages spelling how the critical affairs of Nigeria are owned and controlled by Muslims. I’m not so offended now as there is an awareness in my mind that there is truth in all this. Is APC a religiously balanced political party? The answer is a big NO. Should we be worried? Yes; especially as it was rumored at a time that a purely Muslim presidential ticket was a consideration for 2015. Does this sound familiar again?
Personally, based on General Buhari’s antecedents, I would want him to become president of Nigeria but in the light of this “conspiracy” and its gradual unfolding in our political sphere, I am very wary now and have had a course to reconsider.
I hate to sound fanatical but in the course of being liberal, too many things have escaped our notice; especially how Islam is becoming a dominant religion in the world and is now being “aggressively” pursued in Nigeria. Seeking to convert people to Christianity is not a bad thing; neither is seeking to convert people to Islam a bad thing. I only have a problem when violence, coercion, blackmail, indoctrination or brainwashing are used as tools of achieving this.
The right of choice without undue influence in religion should be absolute coupled with an ability for peaceful co-existence. In the absence of tolerance and peace, there can only be chaos.
I’ll conclude by saying that if Islam is overtaking the world and eventually overtakes Nigeria, it is the fault of no one but us who bear the identity of Christians and view it only as a way of life and not as a course of action to be aggressively pursued. We have been given only one duty by our Lord Jesus Christ which is to spread the gospel. I’m not much of a preacher but my hope is that I get to those of you out there by writing this lengthy “sermon” on why Nigerian Christians need to sit up before our faith is forcefully and completely obliterated.
Our Nigerian pastors need to de-emphasize prosperity teaching and retrace their steps back to true repentance. We as followers have our part to play. If an ex-military head of state can dole out billions of Nigeria’s money to support Islam, where are all the Christian millionaires and billionaires? Rather than contribute to buy a private jet for your pastors or build churches, let’s help our Christian brethren who are being persecuted in the North. Let’s sponsor credible Christian candidates at elections and most important of all as 2015 draws nigh, come out and vote!
Please listen patiently to this message by following the link.
Malcolm O. Ifi.