Please ignore that headline. I just needed your attention.
Boko Haram can NEVER be a blessing. It’s a curse: a big problem. But in every problem, there is an opportunity.
For Christianity, it is an opportunity to fulfill their ultimate mandate, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” – Matthew 28: 19 (KJV).
“Islam is a religion of peace,” but it has WAR as its tool of conversion… and they’re so passionate about it. They’re even ready to die spreading it. WHAT ARE CHRISTIANS DOING?
Christians convert by preaching, teaching and explaining. That’s how we (Africans) got Christianity.
And the white missionaries – those who brought Christianity to us – they were passionate… so passionate that they were ready to die for it… remember Mary Slecor?
And with their coming came other good things: conscience, death of suppressive culture and tradition, respect for human dignity and life and much more.
The north needs Christianity too.
The only problem is; the white missionaries’ passion is dying in us… if not dead already.
In fact, we don’t need to take the same risk they took. And WHEN THERE IS A WILL, THERE IS A WAY.”
And the “WILL” is the will of the father, “He (the Lord) does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent” – 2Peter 3:9 (New Living Translation).
From this WILL comes the ultimate command, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” – Matthew 28: 19 (KJV).
And until we connect ourselves to this “WILL”, we are nothing but half-Christians.
And when I say we, I mean individual Christians and the church as a body.
Building a befitting place for the Lord is good and must be done. But it’s not the ULTIMATE. Spreading the gospel is. Desiring prosperity is NOT bad, but it’s only secondary.
When there is a will, the way will come: When there is passion, creativity and ingenuity will follow.
But how come NO Christian missionary around?
Everywhere I go (in the south), I see our northern brothers swelling in their numbers. May be they were chased from home.
How come no bible written in Hausa? Isn’t it supposed to be everywhere by now? How come I see nobody giving them the good news? How come I’m yet to hear of a church or denomination creatively ministering to them?
Jehovah witness are very skilled at home to home ministration. Very admirable. But what of our Hausa speaking brothers? Don’t they deserve salvation too?
I see many churches dish out fliers. Is there none for these new brethrens in our midst?
I’m yet to see a group with a “northern missionary ministry” – or its equivalent. Why?
These northerners in the south are potential agents of change. Give them the good news and they will take it back home. That region needs peace and the Christian community is partly responsible.
CAN should discuss this. It’s that serious.
They can encourage each block to send missionaries up north.
See! There are faithfuls willing to die for the faith. But they need support. They need logistics. They are in every church: they’re waiting for the opportunity.
Tall order right? Well, we can start with the ones in our midst already. Let’s find creative ways of reaching them.
Language is very important.
It’s either we learn their language or we teach them ours (English) – that’s how the white missionaries did it. I propose we do both.
Hausa bible is very important. It should be everywhere – and free.
And finally, when there is a problem, taking responsibility gives you power to change things.
And when problems occurs, the cause is not one – but several.
In the case of Boko Haram, our collective failure as Christians to connect to the Father’s WILL is contributing.
We failed to passionately take the good news up north. Now they (Boko Haram) are bringing their message down south. The last time I checked, they were in Kogi State, the boundary line between North and South (Lokoja is in Kogi State – Remember Lord Lugard and amalgamation?)
This is a Christian wake-up call.
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