RELIGION AND INJUSTICE

Malcolm X once accused the Whiteman Christianity for being responsible for sustaining slavery and segregation for many years. He was almost completely correct. Slavery has long been part of history, all civilizations had it, from the Egyptian Civilization to Western Civilization. It was the Western Civilization, which was founded on Judeo-Christian Worldview that found it morally wrong and ended slavery as we know. Not only that, it embarked on a worldwide crusade to make sure other non-western nations involved in slavery ended it. At the fore front of this were the Christian Missionaries, from William Wilbeforce to Frederick Douglas to millions of others.

But Malcolm X argument is not without some support. The Christian teachings of love your neighbor as yourself, turning the other cheek, and heaven influenced the slaves so much that it became difficult to resist slavery and racism itself. The mindsets of blacks, especially within the US had to change remarkably before the Civil Rights was achieved. Christianity had the tendency to make any of its adherents so calm, often to a fault.

Why is this important? It is the gimmicks that Christian are currently employing in other to avoid the #EndSars protest. Christianity is a religion that has always stood against any form of oppression. It has actively been on the side of the oppressed. Across history, Christians have manifested their beliefs against oppression by behaving in extremely irrational ways and ensuring that oppression is fought. There’s no place for conservatism against oppression. Bishop Desmond Tutu has said that “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor”.

For those calling for prayers ALONE, I would like to remind you that it was the same thing that many generations of slaves did. It is the same thing that we have done even here! Is it good? Yes. But prayer alone does not win political results. The determination of political outcomes have been left to the political calculations that any set of people can develop. If Martin Luther King and all the other Civil Rights Leaders had prayed alone, we will not be here. If Frederick Douglas and all the abolitionist had prayed alone, slavery would not have ended.
Most Christians around here love President Donald Trump, but we seem to not know that it was majorly the evangelical voting bloc that made Trump President, without the strong support he has received within the evangelical block, Trump will not be President. They use their pulpits to decry the social ills they’ve seen in America, they use their social media to make their opinion known, they attend political rallies, and they ensure to make their voices known through action, votes! What does this tell us? Bringing socio-political change requires more than prayers. It requires action. 40% of Nigeria’s population is Christian, if we cannot use our numbers to determine effective political actions, we are failing the very men who brought Christianity to this part of the world and we will apologize to the many who created affected the political circumstances to make Christianity possible in these regions!

We can keep praying but also important, it’s time for direct action! Your tweet, your post, your writing, your social media, your presence, your wealth are all weapons needed in this battle. There’s no time to do otherwise.

“Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever flowing stream” Amos 5:24

In fact, because of Nigeria’s religious inclinations, we can actually harness prayer to become a powerful tool in our arsenal against oppression. One time tensions were high, King was leading a group of protesters to Montgomery, if the protestors March into Montgomery they will be attacked. King led the protesters through major bridge linking the two places, they knelt down, prayed and turned back. It was symbolic, prayer was used to calm the protesters and at the same time, they had crossed the bridge into the city but did not go deep enough to cause trouble. NO NIGERIAN POLICE WILL TOUCH A GROUP OF PRAYING PROTESTERS MARCHING TO THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OR ANY PUBLIC PLACE.

By Lengdung Tungchama

Seeds or Harvests?

Seeds or Harvests?
Welcome to the series “Seeds or Harvests”, we delighted to share this exciting topic with you, in this topic we will borrow alot of agricultural concepts as it relates to bible truth and how it applies in our daily lives.

in this series we will focus on the following;

  1. What Seeds and Harvests is
  2. Similarities amd differences they have
  3. When to plant and when to Harvest
  4. Storage Focus verse
    “As surely as the Lord your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.”
    1Kings 17:12

We hope you will follow along, your questions, comments and recommendations are always welcomed.

Good Morning, Have a great day ahead.

By Duwara
#GodHasAbetterIdea

Poor child 3

Just à poor child
For i smile despite so much pain
Mama still struggle
Using her last cent’s
Just to see if she can get me a pen
Thou this will mean us not knowing the taste of a hen(meat)
I finally graduated
But still no job
Cos i couldn’t afford
To pay to get the job
So they snubbed though I was qualified

Things got harder
Basically we couldn’t lift a leg up the ladder anymore
Mummy needed money
To take care of my young hommies
So I decided to join the army
But I got sent to the battle front
And because I had no passion
I ran and hid at the first gun shot
I got call for mutiny
By my general whose son
Can’t even practically even get himself drinking water
And has become a junky
And was to be fire at by fellow poor kids
Or they also will get fired at

We are just a game of chess to them
And though they have a chest
What lies within is nothing
But high taste for evil

They are just wolves
That come once in a while with sheep clothing
Just to destroy us

Yafe Ni(Forgive Me)

Duwara Dogara is a Jos based gospel artist that is presently working on a deluxe version of his 2019 released album “Let there be light”.

This song “Yafe Ni” is a prayer of repentance acknowledging how God remains faithful even in our unfaithfulness, the songs ends the joy involved in having a changed life and also a prayer of Thanksgiving.

LINK 1

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1UAovQrkv8a7klj2edo751QrUjQBCFIb-/view?usp=sharing

Don’t just listen, download it and don’t stop there share it, thanks.

Tested by Fire

Conclusion

This series “Tested by Fire” had the objective of helping readers understand that a Test is used to measure the quality of work.

We have been able to see that Jesus is the only foundation we are meant to build on, and the quality of what we build would one day be tested 1Cor. 3:11-16.

This means that doing religious activities or good things for the sake of praise would not pass the fire test.

We also saw that testing can come as a trial to a believer, just like in the case of Job, He lost everything including His health, testing can come from family and friends also,

but the question is would you pass the test when it comes?

One key thing we need to understand is that failing the Test would not make you miss heaven if you are on the right foundation, but you would miss the reward meant for you when you get to heaven “God “will repay each person according to what they have done.”” ROM. 2:6.

But why wouldn’t you want God’s reward?

One thing I would want you to start if you have not started is doing things out of purpose and not eye service because the bible says, their reward is paid in full,

““So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.” Matt. 6:2.

Today starts questioning the good things you do to avoid getting a valuless reward from men as opposed to God’s.

Thank you much for finding time to read

By Duwara
#GodHasAbetterIdea

Tested by Fire 10

Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.” Gen. 22:1-2

This story often reminds me about how some little children behave when you give them candy and immediately ask for it, they hide behind their backs, I marvel about how soon they forget the source of the sweet, is it lack of faith that they won’t get it back when they give you, I wonder.

Unfortunately, that is what we do to God often atimes, when God gives us anything and wants it back we fight back, we are bold enough to even ask the question “why me?” Huh!

Abraham waited for the promised child for more than 20years, only for God to want it back within a few moment, Abraham without questions, hesitation and any iota of doubt just carry on with the instruction hmmmm

“Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. Gen. 22:3”

What kind of man was Abraham?

A man that has His footing planted on the rock and not things, and that is why He wasn’t shaken by the fire.

Abraham was Pure gold and God reaffirm his promises for him in Gen. 22:16-18″and said, “I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.” “

By Duwara
#GodHasAbetterIdea

Tested by Fire 10

Tested by Fire 10
Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.” Gen. 22:1-2

This story often reminds me about how some little children behave when you give them candy and immediately ask for it, they hide behind their backs, I marvel about how soon they forget the source of the sweet, is it lack of faith that they won’t get it back when they give you, I wonder.

Unfortunately, that is what we do to God often atimes, when God gives us anything and wants it back we fight back, we are bold enough to even ask the question “why me?” Huh!

Abraham waited for the promised child for more than 20years, only for God to want it back within a few moment, Abraham without questions, hesitation and any iota of doubt just carry on with the instruction hmmmm

“Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. Gen. 22:3”

What kind of man was Abraham?

A man that has His footing planted on the rock and not things, and that is why He wasn’t shaken by the fire.

Abraham was Pure gold and God reaffirm his promises for him in Gen. 22:16-18″and said, “I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.” “

By Duwara
#GodHasAbetterIdea

WHAT WE SHOULDN’T DO TO NIGERIA

Over the years I have read different articles about Nigeria, with different views and opinions about the state of the nation, I have also written articles and two songs to mark Inpendence which are; Niaja, Dan Nigeria.

Independence is supposed to be a day to celebrate the achievements of a nation after it gained freedom but it is not always the case in Nigeria, I am yet to meet an excited Nigerian apart from those benefiting directly from Nigeria (“the National Cake”).

The focus of this article is what we shouldn’t do to Nigeria, last year I wrote about what we should do to Nigeria.

Firstly, Let’s establish the fact that Nigeria as a Nation is not where She is supposed to be.

Now, that we have established that let’s drive into our focus.

As citizen of this great Nation, what do you think contributed to where we are today?

Today some of the big issues militating the Nation are corruption, banditry, attacks, poor maintenance culture, and unaccountability.

All these issues started from the grass roots and where nurtured by political, religious and tribal interest.

As a citizen of this great Nation you shouldn’t be part of corruption in your everyday dealings, if you are a business person do it without unnecessary inflation of prices or deceit, if you are a white collar worker or in the civil service, avoid the use of office resources for personal gain or any form of corrupt practices.

As a youth avoid any form of drug abuse, love academics avoid malpractices, avoid cultism and any form of vices, remember also to live modestly and look decent at all times.

I have adopted something for a while now, anytime I find myself in public places(transport, markets, banks etc.) and people are discussing the state of the nation I avoid making contributions, this is why, the discussions are normally full of disappointments, about those handling the affairs of the nation especially Mr. President, I see that as a negative energy hovering around the citizens and if we don’t stop that it will get to us and when we get there we will carry same energy and rule.

Now lets see what the bible says about authorities;
1Peter 2:13-15 ” Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people.”

This is the word of God about our place as citizens, not to insult the authorities, the question of if the election was rigged or not is between them and God.

The Nigeria I knew as a child was the kind that all my Neighbors brought their food outside and we ate varieties every evening, a Nigeria where anytime am going out I drop keys with my Neighbors, a Nigeria where in my primary schools days most times I pass through people selling fruits with my uniform they give me fruits, where my Taylor in primary school made new uniforms for me because we carry thesame name.

Wow such a beautiful Country, what happened to her, is it age? No for a nation 60years is still in babyhood.

Am optimistic one day we will wake up to a beautiful Nigeria.

I want to also use this opportunity to congratulate Governor of Borno Babagana Umara Zulum for a selfless Governance towards a better Nation, hmmm atlast something good came out from Borno since Boko Haram inception, I am also extending this to any good leader from the family upto the presidency.

By Duwara
Happy Independence Day
#GodHasAbetterIdea
Graphics by one of my graphic student, Hope