I was going through Twitter recently when I saw a tweet about a lady who was 23 years old and had never been approached by a guy despite being very beautiful. That is, no guy had ever asked her out. Now what surprised me wasn’t the tweet but the replies to the tweet – over half of them attributed it to spiritual reasons. “Spiritual mask tins”, “she needs to see a pastor”, “let her go and wash her head inside river” were just some of the ridiculous replies I saw. And I was just like…
While I agree some of them may be jokes (I actually hope they are), I think it just highlights a prevailing mindset many of us have in this part of the world which needs to be addressed. So what exactly is wrong with such mindsets you may ask? Well the truth is, apart from the utter ridiculousness of it, if you believe a problem is spiritual, you’ll, consciously or unconsciously, keep looking for a spiritual solution instead of a physical one, and that’s where the problem is. This I believe is a major reason why we’re still far behind our European counterparts. It is also why I believe many still fall prey to numerous fraudsters who pose as pastors and ask for the most ridiculous items all in a bid to fleece them of their hard-earned money! I mean there are a thousand and one other reasons to explain that lady’s predicament other than spiritual forces- it could be a bad attitude, or probably that she always hangs around guys so every other guy thinks she’s in a relationship. It could just even be plain bad luck! Nothing says a guy can’t approach her the next minute. So why is it the spiritual answer that comes to mind first?!
If we take a look at the most developed countries in the world, it’s not so hard to notice that the one thing they have in common is that they are not so heavily invested in the spiritual. That’s because they have learnt to solve their problems themselves rather than wait for help from above. Every breakthrough we’ve had in science and technology today has happened simply because men and women like you and I refused to settle for the convenient ideology that our problems are spiritual and thus, beyond us. Imagine if humans continued believing that sicknesses like epilepsy and mental illnesses were caused by demons, we wouldn’t be able to treat such things in the hospital today. Or imagine if people saw events like eclipses, earth quakes and so on as supernatural events, scientists would not be able to accurately predict when these things would happen like we see today. I’m sure none of you reading this will agree that thunder is caused by Sango or Amadioha so why can’t we extend that same logic and level of understanding to other areas of life? Our forefathers believed this because they didn’t know better but we that are supposed to be better off are ironically still wallowing in the same mindsets they had. Just some weeks ago, NSCDC officials rescued a 9 year-old boy who was chained in the name of deliverance from the spirit of stealing by a pastor, who surprisingly is also his father. I mean, we can’t continue like this!
Every time in our respective churches, we are asked to pray for Nigeria but yet things don’t seem to be getting better. At the same church, we are told that God is not deaf to the prayers of his children. So why aren’t things changing? Maybe it’s God’s way of telling us that the solution lies more with us than with Him. What if you spent 40 minutes daily preparing for that job interview instead of fasting for 40 days? What if you took time to examine what really went wrong in your business instead of attributing it to your family members in the village? What if you actually did your part as a good citizen of Nigeria instead of praying for Nigeria week in, week out while your actions contradict your supplications?
Am I saying the spiritual realm doesn’t exist? Not exactly, but I just feel its influence in our world has been highly over-estimated! In medicine, there’s something known as a ‘diagnosis of exclusion’ and it simply means a diagnosis you arrive at only after excluding other more likely diagnoses and that exactly is how I believe we should see spiritual problems. They should be the last option after excluding every possible logical cause, although personally I think that’s impossible, just depends on your level of determination. Do we have all the answers? Definitely not but the fact that it can’t be explained today doesn’t mean it won’t be explainable tomorrow. Personally I hate hearing that so and so was the result of ‘jazz’ or ‘juju’, it’s just not compatible with my educated mindset. As a matter of fact, the only jazz and juju I know are genres of music but hey, what do I know?
So guys what do you think, do you agree that we really are too spiritual or are we taking certain things for granted? I’d love to hear from you.