IGNORANCE; THE DISEASE OF CULTURE AND RELIGION
When I read many posts by my country men and women on Facebook, I am sad. I am sad because these posts are coming from the educated cream de la cream of our system. I see a system sunk by spiritual misdirection and lost in the culture to nowhere. A system bereft of pure understanding and misconstruing culture and religion. We have sandwiched both and have come up with the bread that is inedible and often leads to death. Indeed the resultant is bitterness and failure. That we are selling this confused system to the coming generation and expecting a change in the positive is to say the least, delusional. Now I understand why many have chosen to send their children out of this quagmire of the journey to nowhere. That explains why we are racing to train our kids out of the country of Nigeria if we can afford it. We have adopted the education of many western countries and where we cannot afford the West’s we settle for some African countries.
Now people will come out to say I have accused my culture as been substandard and have also lowered the standards of religion. I have not said or insinuated anything of such. When we defend honor when honor is not deserved, why will people not rob us and wait for us to say to them ‘ran ka de de’. The ‘ran ka de de’ is expected by our politicians, religious leaders, traditional rulers etc. even when they have not done anything to deserve honor. They force it down our throat even when they should have been tied to the stake and executed. Some drum it down on us based on age even when Job 32 :9 says It is not only the old who are wise, not only the aged who understand what is right. When they see us almost catching them in their guiles, the politicians throw portions of our stolen money at us and we scramble like deprived dogs and rats. The religious leaders threaten us with curses even when God Himself has freed us from every curse. The Kings and traditional rulers subdue us with the traditions of men and there we go scampering with pleadings for forgiveness. The old ones simply scream at us to obey our elders. And in all these, we forget what made us to complain in the first place. Sometimes they throw some pieces of fish at some of us in order to keep us under their tables thus deceiving us that we are one of them. At this level, those who were ‘lucky’ to sit under their tables to pick the crumbs of pieces of fish come back at the remaining ‘talakawas’ to defend the acts and intrigues of the bourgeoisie.
Now back to the beginning; my pain is that my people cannot see as they are completely blindfolded by the culture and religion. Their thoughts are visionless and warped. Yes they think but their thoughts lead them nowhere instead they find themselves playing the famous children’s game of ringa, ringa roses. The book of wisdom which I have been very privileged to read tells me that as a man thinks, so is he. Prov 23:7. The very same book many of these people read but seem not to understand. The same book that is been used to hood wink many has the solution to our bondage. Unfortunately, we have not been able to see the deliverance because instead of reading the book we are listening and believing in the men and women who interpret the book. The saddest portion is that this very act is often defended by those who are supposed to know (The very educated).
Is it therefore all hopeless? Not at all. “For there is hope for a tree, If it is cut down, that it will sprout again, and that its tender shoots will not cease. Though its root may grow old in the earth, and its stump may die in the ground, yet at the scent of water it will bud and bring forth branches like a plant. Job 14:7-9.
That I am a Nigerian and that I am writing this because I can see it, is a sign of hope. If you can see it, all you then need is the courage and strength to avoid it. I can see it and I can assure you that there are many who also can see it. And I tell you what; in I Kings 19:8, God said to Elijah; Yet I have reserved seven thousand in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.”
The army of understanding and righteousness is coming. See them arise from the East and from the West with wisdom and power aided by the supernatural. They will arise with Justice in their wings and give victory to the oppressed.
PASTOR NOSA IDAHOSA.