Religion in Nigeria has become a go-to point for almost anything, ranging from the most mundane of arguments to deep rooted societal issues. Simply bringing up Christianity biases, no matter how illogical they may seem, is always sure to win you favorable points in a discussion. Long gone are the days of peace and quiet on Sundays. Instead, you are awoken to a shrieking sound of wannabe choir sisters and brothers murdering gospel songs from incredibly large speakers. Open your curtains and you are immediately greeted with a view of dilapidated churches, housing broken down and bent over men and women of the congregation. These churches are tagged by funny names, funnier costumes and the funniest of doctrines. A church on every street is a norm for us now, as though the very thought of a central place of worship is impossible to suffice. Is it safe to say then that Christianity and religion in general is but a waste of time and energy?
Well, there are two sides to a coin, and those on the side of religion will argue that it is a necessary addition to society. They may even go as far as to say that Christianity is not just simply a religion, but a way of life as well. A man needs something to believe in, most especially the typical Nigerian, with the problems faced daily, it is expected we turn to religion for succor. The real question then is this, are we really practicing Christianity in Nigeria? Numerous stories have been laid out of so-called men and women of God with endearing followers who have fallen off the bandwagon. Stories of rape, brutality and the likes make the waves frequently but nothing substantial is ever done against these ‘anointed ones’. This says a lot about our seeming subjectivity towards men of collar. A ride in one of many public transport buses though memorable and full of laughs reveals the budding sickness that Christianity is becoming. You are rudely introduced to an extremely loud voice from the backseat asking for all passengers to close their eyes and pray. Failure to do so invites subtle side glances of criticism from the religious ones. Nothing of Christ or love is spoken, instead a message of sin, condemnation, occultism and fashion is preached. Tracts are shared and church names are thrown into the mix. At the end of the journey, you alight feeling tired and all the more uninterested in the Nigerian version of Christianity.
It has to be said though, I have met a few true believers, loving, kind and always with a smile on their faces content with the world. As fas as I’m concerned, they are the chosen ones, who give the rest of us hope. Hope that there is more to Christianity than attending church or not wearing earrings. To sit and debate on the many problems of Christianity, for or against will never cut it. Instead, let us preach love. God knows a little loving never killed nobody.
Please leave your comments, with love.
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