I watched a video where members of the public in Nigeria, West Africa, aired their views about their faith and finances. The ‘Seed Sowing’ debacle dominated their response. As a de facto trust a network, faith is supposed to inspire and help humanity’s relationship with divinity grow. That was not the experience with most of the people in this video.
I struggled with some of their views and opinions nevertheless I respected them sincerely. I have always believed that people’s opinions are mostly influenced by their encounters and experiences as they navigated through life. Their views on finances as it relates to their faiths must have been caused by a crisis or challenges they must have experienced.
In a world where church dominations, like Hollywood celebrities, are constantly competing for attention one is forced to wonder if the true pursuit of salvation will ever prevail in critical area of Christian experience and ethics.
Whether we are directly aware of it or not we live in a critical time where our faith is experiencing manipulation and persecution. Growing up in church, we heard more sermons about doing all we can so we are not left behind in this world after rapture than sermons on being left behind in trend. But today, the latter seems to have been overshadowed by the former.
It is time we stop confusing challenges we are supposed to overcome with challenges we are supposed to endure.
As adherents of a faith preordained to be persecuted, we seem to have drifted more towards a philosophy of progress more than the theology of salvation. While progress is part of our faith, it is not supposed to replace our pursuit of spending life in eternity after time.
Is it time we stop leaving in denial and face the facts that we live in a world that denies ‘The Word’
It is time to abandon egotism and competition; it is time study and understands some of the crises or challenges that a Christian might face in expressing a life of biblical faith in our culture today.