On 11 October some Nigerian politicians and clergymen gathered at the residence of former President Olusegun Obasanjo to decide and seal the future of Nigeria and Nigerians.
As if the votes of the people didn’t matter, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar was declared as the President-to-be by his once feuding boss, Obasanjo. Indeed, Obasanjo was playing ‘god’ and he carried himself like one who had all Permanent Voters Cards in Nigeria.
But that was not even the talking point, what stunned most Nigerians and observers was Obasanjo’s decision to confirm a curse upon himself. The former military Head of State once said that if he supports Atiku, then God should not forgive him, perhaps God who honours his word more than his name will decide his fate that’s a story for another day.
But the Bible is clear, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.” Proverbs 23 vs 7.
This speaks volume about the new-found partnership between Obasanjo and Atiku, but if that is regarded the way of politicians, then what do we say of men of God who have openly allowed themselves to be swayed.
This Bible verse best describes their actions. Psalm 1 verse 1 says: “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.”
The Bible also states in Psalm 26 vs 4-6 says: “I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go with dissemblers. I have hated the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked. I will wash mine hands in innocency: so will I compass thine altar, O Lord.”
But it appears that Bishop David Oyedepo, general overseer of Winners Chapel and Reverend Mathew Kukah of the Catholic Church are reading from a different Bible.
The former was grinning from ear to ear as he stood in between Atiku Abubakar (a man judged by men in the United States for his corrupt activities) and Obasanjo (who converted Operation Feed the Nation assets for personal use) as he walked, sat and stood with them in Abeokuta.
For the latter, it was him who took Atiku and Obasanjo hands along with that of Sheikh Ahmed Gumi to seal the new coalition of leaders regrouping to re-loot our commonwealth.
As supposed men of God, where was 2 Corinthians 6 vs 14 in their minds? The Bible says: “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?
If that is not enough to convince you, what about Romans 12 vs 2? “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
For those who are not easily convinced by their actions, here’s what Jesus had to say in the book of Mathew 23. “Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, 2 “The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees are the official interpreters of the law of Moses. 3 So practice and obey whatever they tell you, but don’t follow their example. For they don’t practice what they teach. 4 They crush people with unbearable religious demands and never lift a finger to ease the burden.
5 “Everything they do is for show. On their arms they wear extra wide prayer boxes with Scripture verses inside, and they wear robes with extra long tassels. 6 And they love to sit at the head table at banquets and in the seats of honor in the synagogues. 7 They love to receive respectful greetings as they walk in the marketplaces, and to be called ‘Rabbi.’
11 The greatest among you must be a servant. 12 But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.
One thing is certain, the word of God will not return to him void except it has accomplished that which God pleases. And since God honours his words more than his name, then the word Isaiah should be taken very seriously.
By Nathaniel C. Adoji