Religion standing and spiritual state of any society is a reflection of its intellectual stage and mental development that is more reason why intellectual subjugation is the worst and most deadly form of conquest it leads directly to spiritual, economic, cultural and political enslavement?
Religion is an aspect of the superstructure of a society deriving ultimately from the degree of control and understanding of the material world. However when man thinks in religious terms, he start from the ideal rather than with thematerial world which is beyond his comprehension.
Religion can play a positive and a negative role as an aspect of the superstructure. (Rodney 1972:39)
The church founded today is those that encourages urge for material acquisition whereas 50% of the congregation wallow in poverty? Today, the gospel of Christ has become so sophisticated that it can no longer thrive on even the power bike. A task Jesus Christ himself abandoned horses and donkeys which were the popular means of transportation in his time and trekking from one community to another.
In our country today, our men of God are no longer comfortable spreading the gospel of Christ in the bullet proof assorted cars but rather have chosen to take the gospel through the air using their own private jet in spite of the grinding poverty that pervades most members of the church. Going by statistics, the cost of a jet rang between N2.4billion and 9 billion naira. This is what most church leaders uses to acquire private jets whereas untold hardship pervades the corridors of millions of Nigerians. One keeps wondering why this wealth won’t be channeled into other entity that would benefit the lots of the congregation and the nation at large.
The stories of corrupt men and women being given recognition by the churches or mosques as gallant sons and daughters and the embarrassing stories of pastors displaying conspicuous wealth as we hear from the purchase of private jets and so on clearly diminish our moral voice. CAN have become more visible in relation to national prayer sessions, pilgrimages, alliances with state power and so on. Unless we distance ourselves we cannot speak the truth to power. We cannot hear the wails of the poor and the weak; we should not be seen as playing the praying wing of the party in power.
It is selfish of church leaders to think that the solution to the death traps that criss-cross the country as to road is to acquire private jet, soar above the abyss and abandon the rest of the populace to their fate. What for instance is the moral, social, religions or economic justification for a church leader to own a private jet when at least a quarter of his congregation does not know where their next meals would come from? Is it to prove, like modern day preachers would say that the God he serves is not poor or to simply show that the church is a veritable ground for opulent life style or to justify the book of Mathew 25:29 which says “for to every one who has will more be given and he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away”. As some have blindly misinterpreted.
If his church has branches all over the world and he must visit them in a jet, Would he also fly in two jets at a time? On what moral pedestal would such a church leader admonish the congregation against ostentatious lifestyle which is at the root of the social problems that leave the country prostate?
Until the church and other religion institution in the country becomes the vanguard of the fight against government’s ineptitude, unemployment among other things, when we speak of developing, we are speaking of another intellectual subjugation.
Superstructure: The system and believes in a society that have developed from more simple ones.
Opulence: extremely rich. The display of such.
Complacent: too satisfied with yourself or with a situation, so that you do not feel that any change is necessary.
Subjugation: to defeat sb/sth; to gain control over sb/sth.