So we woke up to news of a pastor flogging members of his congregation for alleged fornication; I will be naive to think that this is an isolated case. As far as am concerned it’s the same old story. Perhaps The bishop is just a victim of selective amnesia or is it because he’s a ‘celebrity bishop’? Otherwise I don’t honestly see why this should get the attention that it’s getting for people to even call for the pastor’s arrest. We should touch not the ‘men of God’ but rather change our perceptions.
Almost all of us today are into religion and beliefs our parents were and subsequently introduced us into. As children we were forced to accept faith and beliefs without questions. I am a Christian today because my parents were Christians am sure you’re a Muslim because you were born into it. Only few of us grow to change these beliefs and faith in the deity we were forced to accept. We are all victims of indoctrination. This orientation has over the years made us embrace the notion that “Men of God are infallible”, “They are beyond sin and for that matter every word they say are sacred and final”.
In recent times we have seen and read a lot of ridiculous things some men of God subject their followers to – People have abandoned the wombs that carried them for nine months, people have ditched hands that fed them, marriages have broken, human beings killed all because of so-called prophesies from these men of God. But hey! let’s not be quick to judge hypocritically. To be honest with ourselves how many of us have even dared to go against words from our pastors? Virtually none or maybe just a few. We carry them with the speed of “Bolt”. We have become blind by our faith in a deity and this time our faith in men of God.
We have been made to believe that orders from men of God are Divine orders from God and who are we to question them. ‘My prophet said this, my prophet said that’ is what’s killing us. If we can start to read these orders hook, line and sinker, if we can start subjecting the actions of some of these prophets to serious scrutiny am sure we will be able to avoid some of these bad news we are used to everyday.
The question still remains, can we change our orientation and dare to reject some of these orders from these men of God?. Will parents stop forcing certain beliefs on their wards? Until all these questions are answered lets touch not the “men of God” rather change our mindsets.