The Problem That Is Christianity In Nigeria

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…

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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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  1. Sparks & Tingles
    The song “Noise” by Tarri Guitarri summarizes my position on this topic.

    As much as I believe that organized religion is a scam, I think the world would be worse than it is without religion; since it appears people won’t do what is right except their pastors tell them or guilt them into doing it. The threat of hell fire is an effective motivator.

  2. Nosa
    As much as I understand where you may be coming from. I would like to ask you to please a point and stick to it.

    First you asked, if Christianity and religion is a waste of time. (Not recognizing the possibility that even atheism is a religion in itself)

    Then you claimed there to exist teo sides to the coin, and ended up trying to explain only one side (which ihad to really think to get what you’re saying) and left the other side untouched.

    Then you went ahead to drag every noise-making practicing religious people into your point and after sparingly say they have mo regard for personal space went ahed to label and tag them “wannabe choirs and men of God”.

    Then rounded off by trying to appeal to the “true believers”, and i’m gonna make a guess and say you probably identify them by how much noise they aren’t making.

    So i ask; what’s your point? Is religion the problem? Or is it the people’s interpretation of religion that is the problem? Or is it the people?

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    1. Bkd
      In as much as I don’t agree with all of the authors vuews, I think you got it wrong where you suggested that Atheism may be a religion. Well, atheism is not a religion. Just needed to point that out to you.
  3. Robyn
    In as much as true,biblical Christianity is almost completely lost in Nigeria and there’s a message of love, the true Gospel can never be understood or believed without the mention of sin, Christ, His death on the cross and His glorious resurrection and ascension.
    Christianity is not just about love and joy but God’s wrath against sin and evil, the coming judgement and punishment but the promise of free, full and perfect forgiveness based on God’s mercies and grace. God is love, merciful and slow to anger yes but also holiness and righteousness.
    To make Christianity only about love and removing sin or God’s law is also as unchristian as making Christianity about noise, man worship, self-righteousness and behavior modification.
  4. Zee
    You know… This post is incomplete. Many things aren’t right. And there’s no ‘religion’ that isn’t abused. Also, no offense to anyone but we have Mosques with loud speakers that also disturb.

    But then, all of you should calm down tho… Forget what your pastor preaches and read the Bible for yourself. Sin isn’t really a problem with God. He has done everything for you, he hates sin and he has punished his son because of that, therefore all sins have been forgiven Ephesians 1:7, col 7:14, Col 2:13, James 5:15, 1st John 2:12. God really wants all of us to have an intimate relationship with him. He has told us to approach him with boldness Hebrews 4:16.

    1. Elf
      “no offence to anyone”???? Na hin you take softly softly dey talk so??
      Replace the “Christianity” in this topic with “religion”, then the debate can start.
      Because this religion thing sef, like say na for Nigeria the thing start. Na una carry religion for head. And the one wey pain me pass na when i dey my own jejely ooo, dem go come tell me say na der own better pass….and na there trouble dey always start.

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  5. Zee
    You know… This post is incomplete. Many things aren’t right. And there’s no ‘religion’ that isn’t abused. Also, no offense to anyone but we have Mosques with loud speakers that also disturb.

    But then, all of you should calm down tho… Forget what your pastor preaches and read the Bible for yourself. Sin isn’t really a problem with God. He has done everything for you, he hates sin and he has punished his son because of that, therefore all sins have been forgiven Ephesians 1:7, col 7:14, Col 2:13, James 5:15, 1st John 2:12. God really wants all of us to have an intimate relationship with him. He has told us to approach him with boldness Hebrews 4:16.
    It’s just that most churches wouldn’t preach this because they don’t want people to think that they can go ahead and do as they please sins they have been forgiven. Bible says that as believers, we have been raised with Christ, our life isn’t really ours but it’s Christ who lives in us. Since we have been made the righteousness in Christ,we are above sin. Yes. Now you going ahead to consciously commit sin is giving place to the devil which is absolutely not smart. We have been asked to resist (actively fight) against the devil and he will flee. I really can’t continue because I doubt most people will understand but…
    Christainity isn’t the problem of Nigeria.
    And also your post made me confused on what exactly you were driving at.

    I’m also sorry for digressing a little.

  6. Elf
    Oh….and I don’t get what the whole post is addressing. You just sound like you have a veiw on Christianity, and you think others aren’t practising it like you think they should.

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  7. Manja
    it is very possible to disagree with this write up, but deep in our individual lives and encounter with Christianity the write up makes sense.
  8. Rhema
    Good write up. An issue that was long overdue to be addressed. I’m impressed. I’m reading comments here and I see bible passages , sentimental comments. It’s just sad that people get so sensitive about such issues and are unable to rationally discuss about things pertaining to Christianity or religion at large.
  9. Abroad Boy
    Its nice piece all the same Christianity should not be the focal point but Religion. I like how the writer ends it tho… Christianity should be about the love of God to man and from man to his fellow humans.
  10. Iyanuoluwa
    And people that aren’t always with a smile aren’t true Christians? Lol. I won’t bother to repeat what everybody else as said but your yardstick for measuring Christianity is quite short.
  11. Alan Leonard
    Christianity, if it’s true, is about the reality of the living God being present in this life now within anyone who has faith. That it doesn’t depend on how high or low, rich or poor, good or bad anyone is makes it amazing and almost beyond belief.
  12. Jude
    First we need to understand that Christianity and religion are two different things, that being said, Christianity in itself is never the issue but the people who claim to be this Christians, that’s is why you have people observing a religious habit by going to church yet are devoid of how a true Christian should behave, and and this so called men of God are even doing worse
    1. Bkd
      my dear friend, let’s tell outselves the truth. The undeniable truth. Religion is the bigger problem, yes… but Christianity constitutes a large part of that’s problem.
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