‘ONLY GOD CAN SAVE NIGERIA’ WHAT A MYTH! ‘Only God can save Nigeria’ Frankly speaking, this is neither a faith statement nor a sign of dependence on God. It is rather a statement of shear ignorance, irresponsibility, and a sign of identity crisis within especially Christians. A theory of escapism cooked up by those who would rather leave their God given responsibilities to God. Dragging God to do for them what he has already done and equipped them to do for themselves and community. And all this ‘stay put’ doctrines are not helping us either, Pastors sticking to the pulpit, the congregation to the four walls of the cathedral with little or no impact on the social, economic and political sphere of the society outside. Someone told me recently that Christians aren’t suppose to be involved in politics, claiming it is God who is suppose to rule I, just laughed. You mean Christians should abstain from the places where decisions that shape all our lives, community and economy and even how we go about our fellowships are made? Simply pathetic! You mean to tell me all the dealings we have with God we shouldn’t use it to help improve our communities and countries? You mean we should just fast and pray and become easy preys ? Oh! How we often times render ourselves irrelevant subscribing to fake humility and ‘dependence’ on God that tends to make us irresponsible, using it as a way of covering up and hiding our laziness to rise to relevance and save situations. Listen, dependence on God doesn’t render us senseless and robotic in the places relevance is demanded of us. Rather it strengthens us to do more and be more, knowing he is our strength and the source of our being. Nigeria is awaiting the manifestation of the sons of God and you are telling me ‘only God can save Nigeria’? 😳 Who has lied to us? Common sense is spiritual, and if we are spiritual then we should have some. Was it not Esther that saved the Israelites in her time? Were Daniel and friends not the forces that brought the most powerful nation of its time to its kneels before God? Funny enough most of the things we say ‘God will do’ are things He has already done and equipped us to redo or reproduce when ever such needs arises. Has He not given us all that pertains to life and godliness? Did he not say greater things shall we do? Funny how we are just praying amiss gambling the future of our beloved country, and our expectations cutting short like betting tickets, because though we are righteous our expectations are only ‘right’ to us. Ehhh! We are in the world but not of the world I know! But we are in the world right? And it will only be nice to leave the world with Godly impacts it can’t recover from. “And I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breach before me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none.” ~EZEKIEL 22:30(ESV) That’s God right there looking for a man, a saviour. Even salvation had to come through a man. Remember how he sought for a few men in Sodom and Gomorrah as Abraham pleaded like He is right now in Nigeria and I pray our case be different. He used Moses to save the Israelites Men like Joshua, Gideon, Jeremiah stood relevant with God and prevailed. Bringing about great changes. They too could have said ‘only God can save their people and folded their arms in waiting. But they knew that will be living a myth hence they were proactive. Here is someone I love so much, Nehemiah. He is a patriot to the core. An Israelite in diaspora with a burden for mother land, he was not the king, neither did he have any political ambition to be. But he went all out for God to use him. Read what Nehemaih said: “And I said unto the king, If it please the king, and if thy servant have found favour in thy sight, that thou wouldest send me unto Judah, unto the city of my fathers’ sepulchres, that I may build it.” ~ NEHEMIAH 2:5 We are saved, we are saviours,we are sons of God and we are gods. We don’t just have the light, but we are the light of the world, we are the salt of the earth. And we are Nigerians. What qualifications do we need again to make a lasting change in our own country? Until Jesus is re-crucified on Aso rock? Let’s be responsible Christians, let’s use our spiritual intelligence and initiatives, let’s be solutions, solving global problems. Let’s be the light we are. Let’s be all God wants from us by not rendering ourselves irrelevant in some subscription to fake dependence on God. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us, and that include saving Nigeria. ‘Only God can save Nigeria’ is a myth. It is like a law enforcement agent saying only the president can arrest a situation. God who made us Nigerians, has given us the authority to make things work. God can’t save Nigeria more than He has ‘saved’ Nigerians. And this is why: Only a changed man can make a real change. A saved man is a changed man. A changed man will influence a marriage and a family. A changed family will influence a neighborhood and a community. A changed community will influence a state and a nation. A changed nation will help change the world. It all begins with a changed man. ‘Only God can save Nigeria is a myth’ rather, only godly Nigerians can save Nigeria. Wake up to your responsibilities oh Nigerians. Arise and shine for Nigeria needs your light.
Ogbe Onoja Nelson
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD AND COUNTRY