I try to keep my nose out of religious issues cos really, its not that much of my business and whenever anyone takes the side i am about to take, they are labelled a religious fanatic! But what needs to be said needs to be said so here i am saying it now!
Last night, while doing my usual blog aproko, i stumbled upon the lovely Linda Ikeji website and read a piece she had on there, (here it is – http://lindaikeji.blogspot.com/2010/09/men-of-god-and-acquisition-of-wealth.html) and i just got peeved by the time i finished reading it. It was basically talking about men of God and their “excessive” acquisition of wealth. (abeg, just read it or look through it so i don’t have to explain and i can just go ahead to what i have to say)
It pains me that people seem to forget that pastors are also human beings and they put them to this special pedestal as if they are to do no wrong. In doing that, they put them in a position of God and that is mistake #1. People get so devastated or even lose their way when they find out that a man of God that they looked up to has done something wrong. Why? Isn’t he human just like you and me? Granted he is supposed to be deeper in God, but he still lives in the same world and is tempted just as much (maybe even more) than us. And especially since he is busy trying to keep up with all the prayer points people have dumped on him, he doesn’t have as much time to pray for himself. And be honest with yourself, how many times do you go to God especially for the same pastor you got praying for all your own wahala? Then you expect him to be superman and overcome everything!!! Abegi!
Also, another reason people use as excuses to not do their duties for God and in the church include, (as Ms. Linda stated) ” the money i pay for tithe will go into the pastor’s pocket and i need it more than him”. Well to quote the bible as well, Malachi 3:10 says “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!” It doesn’t tell you to analyze what the money is being used for. That’s between the church and God, and if they are using it for the wrong things, God’s judgment will be worse than anything you could ever conceive. In not paying your tithes, you are actually punishing yourself more than anything else. You do your part and leave the rest to God. Let him fight his own battles.
Another one that irks me is the whole thing about people believing that if a pastor has a lot of material possessions, he is getting them by taking money from the church. Most churches don’t even give total monetary access to the pastor like that. Also, most pastors have side businesses, so it is an even bigger slap in the face saying being rich and being a pastor are mutually exclusive, unless they are stealing from the church.
And finally, the pastor is supposed to be the spiritual head over a person so you are not entitled to scold him in any way. If you feel like he is doing something wrong, pray for him to do better (or if you are not feeling that magnanimous, pray to God to deal with him!) Nothing gets accomplished by you slandering the pastor, because that will just be bad for everyone involved. Besides, you don’t know the journey that said man of God has been on with God and so if God is blessing him and he is excessively acquiring wealth, you are just heaping curses on your own head by running your mouth. Leave everything to God and just do your own part so things are right between you and your God, everything else will sort itself out. Always remember 1Chronicles 16:22 Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.
And of course, the false prophets who are actually guilty of doing God and his people dirty (because not all of them are true ones), leave them to God to be dealt with. And if you are in that kind of environment, abeg leave quickly before they make you sin. Me i’ve said my piece, feel free to call me whatever names you want to because of it but what is right is right and vice versa!