In the preceding part of this article we laid a general background of what the Church really is as defined by God, and also clarify the role the Church could play in any society, with particular reference to Nigeria. It is important to still emphasize that God is the God of the whole earth. He created everything and everyone to ultimately serve His own purpose. Nebuchadnezzar, a heathen King of Babylon, came to this realization when he noted that “… that the Most High rules over the kingdoms of the world…” (Dan 4:17).
One of the reasons why we (the Church) are here is to extend God’s ruler-ship to every sector of human life and existence in the earth. Inadvertently, we have developed a narrow mindset, as a result of our shallow understanding of the global purpose of God. We have become engrossed with ourselves and our needs that we pay very little attention to what is in the heart of God for humanity. We have made the essence of our being here about ourselves.
It is apt to note that the old prophets were not all sent to the Jews only. God gave them messages to other nations of the world at the time. Jeremiah who prophesied about the captivity of Israel also prophesied against Babylon, their captors (Jeremiah 50). Other nations God sent him to includes Egypt, Philistia, Moab and Ammon (Jeremiah 46,47,48,49). Sodom and Gomorrah also come to mind in this regard. God had to judge them because of their grave sins which He could no longer put up with as a King and Creator of the whole earth.
To this end, it is evident that one of the roles of the Church is to declare the judgment of God and entrench His standard in the nations. Man abandoned the ways of God and followed his evil desires, the result of which is evident in the world today. It is the responsibility of the Church to uphold and declare His standards, so people can embrace them. As long as Christians exist in any sector of our society, the standard of God ought to be evident.
King Solomon, who is adjudged to be the wisest king the world has ever had noted that “Godliness (or righteousness in other translations) makes a nation great, but sin is a disgrace to any people” (Proverbs 14:34 NLT). He also pointed out that “When there is moral rot within a nation, its government topples easily. But wise and knowledgeable leaders bring stability” (Proverbs 28:2 NLT).
This shows that any social system that is characterized by moral depravity which manifests itself through corruption, injustice, unfaithfulness, lies and deceit, such as we have in Nigeria, will experience instability and backwardness. Nigeria remains unstable because successive leaders have not been able to lay the right foundation in terms of values and principles. And because of their selfishness and greed they would rather implement policies that favour them and their immediate constituents, without giving consideration to the generality of the populace.
There’s so much poverty and deprivation in our society today which is caused largely by corruption, nepotism, greed, injustice etc, and not lack of resources. All these are wrong principles that God detests, and which Christians are meant to stand against. Those who claim to be Christians are not to engage in these practices. Anyone who claims to be a Christian who is not living and promoting the right principles and values is definitely not a follower of Christ. “By their fruits we shall know them” (Matthew 7:15-20).
The leadership of the Church is to ensure the people are built to be able to uphold and restore the standard, values and principles of God that could right the many wrongs in our society. It is not news that a sizeable number of Nigerians claim to be Christians and regularly attend Church meetings and programmes. Anyone who is not upholding or promoting this lifestyle ought not to find comfort in the gathering of believers, unless they change their ways. Unfortunately these looters sit comfortably in our meetings, and are even given special recognition.
It is apparent that the true Church system (and not the religious system of Christianity that we see everywhere today) is meant to be a boot-camp, where people are raised to become refined humans; who are trained, built up and equipped to uphold the standard of God. This standard (values and principles) is able to positively impact any system.
Any church system or setting that is not building lives in this regard, is merely a religious expression of Christianity, and should not be taking very seriously. My position is for believers to find their way to where their lives can be built, such that they can give expression to the values and principles of the Kingdom. God is looking for those who will uphold His singular standard, in a world that is cascading into moral decadence.
I believe a society is largely a reflection of the nature Christians that exist in it.
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