There is a common saying that “to be forewarned is to be forearmed.” In saner climes, this saying means just the way it is but unfortunately in our own Nigeria, we need more practicality to the saying.
Covid-19 is a pandemic that affects the entire world. It’s fast spread is an imperative reason to adhere to the instructions about staying indoors because we do not know the best way to prevent ourselves from being susceptible to the ailment.
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Quite a number of States in Nigeria, through their respective governments, have instructed their subjects to practice ‘self-isolation or social-distancing’ for the next couple of weeks, so that the government can contain the spread of the Covid- 19 virus, but it appears that most of the words have fallen on deaf ears.
Recently, in Lagos State, everyone was instructed to stay away from public gatherings like churches, mosques, clubs and the likes, and the reason for this is for no other reason than the fact that people are more exposed to the ailment when they are in such gatherings.
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One would think that complete adherence to the instruction will be upheld with the help of religious leaders but unfortunately, we find that even the so-called religious leaders are the ones still inviting their devotees to such public gatherings.
The question is, “Is wisdom no longer profitable to direct?” or do we need extreme measures like those rumoured in Russia about lions let loose on the streets, waiting for unbending citizens to feast on?
The Bible admonishes respect for authorities as seen in Romans 13:3 which says “For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behaviour, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same”
Also, Romans 13:12, says “Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God, and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves”.
Is it safe to say that at this critical time, the religious leaders are defying the provisions of the bible? To curb the spread of Covid-19, we are asked to remain indoors for our own safety, and religious leaders asking devotees to step out for sermons and services as usual only proves that they have no regard for God and his doctrines. Are they encouraging more deaths so that devotees can assume the title of martyrs because I don’t get it?
Time after time, religious leaders have proven themselves to be demi-gods, going contrary to laws set in place by the government. Now that church gatherings are forbidden is it not time to fully utilize preaching via online media? I know a lot of you will say most churches have adopted that line, well speak for yourself!
Churches have resulted in lying to the media and meeting in secrecy. Does this now mean that rather than value lives and the safety of humans, the Christian leaders are more interested in reaching out to their subjects for stipends that they would get from them? Or how best does one explain the under-utilization of online media platforms at this critical stage it should serve its purpose. Is wisdom no longer profitable to direct? Covid- 19 is real!!!
I was arguing with someone on twitter yesterday about TB Joshua so called prophesy about the Covid-19 virus, on the 27th of march the virus will cease to exist. By 12am 28th of march people started dragging him on twitter of which I am one of them, the guy I was arguing with said we should face the government that pastors are not our problem. I told him to a large extend religious leaders are our problem, why? Because they use the name of God to commit all sorts of atrocities, from bribery, fraud, rape, lies……. the list goes on.… Read more »
If only we can look away from religion, Africa will be a better place. Esp. NIGERIA.
I’ve observed tried to observe watching my words especially when pastors are involved; before this, there are certain acts they engage in or ignore that makes me reason certain things. But this one was the height, the order was for the good of all citizens, health wise. In stead of the pastors to: 1. Obey the commander in chief and give unto Cesar the respect that comes with his office, especially for a commendable act or, 2. Think of the wellbeing of their members, cause I know while grace and miracles may exist, we shouldn’t test God by consciously putting… Read more »
Mehn! BUHARI is the new devil even when they are the cause of their downfall. Crazy lots 😐
..while I agree with most of the responses here, there is something I must point out. Our government’s information dissemination process is greatly flawed. When you check out most of the gatherings they showed us, you’ll realise that most of them were not more than 50 persons per gathering. And a gathering of not more 50 persons was the initial information given. Yes, I agree that these church leaders ought to know better, but we all will share in the blame.. Governments for their misery of information, pastors for their lack of foresight.. And you, yes.. You wey kari yourself… Read more »
🤣🤣🤣🤣 the ‘yes you’ made me feel attacked. Not like I went to church o. Well said.