#AwakeningYou: THE ‘HOLY NIGERIAN’ – by @StevenHaastrup
It’s a New Year! A New Beginning! Everything New!
Somebody say… Hallelujah!
Only God could have done this… Give the Lord a High Five!
*Whispering* What did the pastor tell you at the Watch Night Service? *Smiles*
Welcome to a Reloaded season of #AwakeningYou, a Tuesday weekly script of #StartupNigeria, My name is Haastrup Steven.
I sat down to think that if youths, parents, business people, professionals and political office holders go for confession before the priest, who shall the priest confess to? Pondering?
When the religious priests love their stomachs more than the truth, they lose the right to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. They seize to be the points of reference for the truth and the custodians of the oracles of God. We, the priests, cannot stand the truth on its head and expect the nation to applaud. We cannot be a part of the problem and expect the people to treat us differently – with reference, with regard.
When we shirk in our responsibility as the conscience of the nation, the nation moves on the dangerous path of decline.
Have you heard the story of a priest who was caught stealing the parish money, he replied to his dumfounded parishioners, “The Lord has need of it.” When he took a land that did not belong to him, he reasoned, “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof.” Caught in the act of adultery, there was a look of anger on his face as he screamed, “Get behind me Satan!” Once the priest had thrown caution to the winds and had taken alcohol above the sanity level. He was dead drunk. The parishioners were sure the priest would have no excuse this time. After helping him out of the gutter and back on his feet, the sobering priest looked up to heaven and let our a hearty laughter, saying, “The good Lord that turned water to wine in Cana of Galilee is still alive today.” One day, he came to the parish for a service and found only the janitor. “Where is no one around? Where is Mr. Dolphin, for example?” “O, he has taken what remains in the church cover, saying, ‘The Lord has need of it’” How about Mr. Gary? “Gary? He is on the land the parish bought last year in the city centre claiming the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof.” The sad priest could not believe his ears. “There is no way Mr. John would not be here.” “Mr John is in the house with your younger sister and has been crying all day, ‘Get behind me Satan!’”.
“Well, I am glad you are here. Where two or three are gathered in his name, there he is.”
The janitor replied, “Not so, pastor. I am waiting for you to finish, so I can go and witness the miracle of Cana of Galilee at the beer parlour.”
My dear reader, Ralph Emerson says, “What you do is so loud I cannot hear what you are saying.” Those of us who lay claim to spirituality should plead guilty to living the very lifestyle we condemn and sabotaging the same truth we preach.
It’s time we become that model of change and act what we preach.
We Must, We Will and We Can!
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Haastrup Steven is the Executive Director of Startup Nigeria; He is a freelance writer, speaker, startup trainer and a lover of God. He is a fan of technology and its influence over our lives and the society.
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