HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, BUT ARE CHRISTIANS GONNA MAKE IT?
So he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.
Last year I met an old friend who shared some churchy perceptions with me. He was still a young man when his trend of going to church was halted. ‘Rogy’ was your typical church going boy and a guitarist who diligently offered his services to the praise and worship department. But he had a problem. ‘Rogy’ smoked cigarettes. He didn’t mention that he was trying to quit, but in my opinion, it’s possible that he could have, had he been shown some love and embraced by true love. Sadly, what happened is, he was judged by church members who learnt about his smoking and condemned like an outsider. So he stopped going to church.
That is the part of his story which he shared, but from catching up with this dear friend, I have also observed that while he is an elderly adult, his life hasn’t been seamless, for he has a broken family and hasn’t seen peace for the longest time. So here is the thing, Rogy still believes in God, but the only problem is that he doesn’t quite believe in the church, whereby the church, to him, translates to Christians. Now you tell me that this is not a formidable problem the church owns!
Rogy’s story inspired me to take a different turn of self-revelation. I have personally had my own share of such experiences though on different terms. And now that I am comfortable to talk about it, I’ve got to ask, do we Christians truly drink the waters we preach?
The work of the church is to preach the good news to the world. To encourage its members to be good shepherds of the Lord and live by the guidance of the Holy Spirit. By the counsellors footsteps we are able to discern how to address the fallen believers as well as the nonbelievers we have been commissioned to reach out to, in love. Now when we talk about love and I look at the church, it’s either pretty deceitful or twofaced. An example is when you meet me within the church compound, and you greet me with all teeth out calling me ‘my sister’ because you don’t recall my name. And to make things worse you give me a hug that isn’t really a hug (you know how someone hugs you but avoid body contact). It is madharau because I just watched you give the person I am standing by a heartfelt hug and laughter. Or do I give a technical example of when we are all members of a WhatsApp group yet you ignore my texted concerns but reply to your friend’s jokes with amused emojis all over the screen.
If you claim you are a Christian and you live in love? Tell me how I, a weak believer still battling with the world, is going to grow here where I constantly feel rejected, ignored and abused emotionally. Tell me how I an individual who lives in the abyss of worldly pleasures is going to have the heart to try join you in the saved world if I only sense critics and judgment. Tell me how I am going to believe in the love you preach knowing full well, you don’t have an ounce of it…that it is all a hoax printed on your face, but deep down you have a dark heart.
Let’s think about this. Let’s think about why it has been hard to bring God’s people home. Let’s halt the thought that their hearts have been hardened, because personally, I think Christians have some loose ends that truly needs fillings.
So in the Spirit of the New Year 2019, with a precise annual theme from the book of Zachariah, it is only by the Spirit of the Lord Almighty that we can write our wrongs.