Happy New Year to all! Hope you kicked off your new year with a bang. In a good way, I hope. Some of you may have thought I’ve disappeared forever or I’ve given up. Far from it lads. I’m here to stay, much to the disappointment of certain individuals.
Much like many others, I’ve been thinking about the new year’s resolutions and I could only come up with three:
- To have a more positive outlook
To exercise more.Hmm… make that – to be more honest with myself 🙂
- Be less angry, sarcastic and cynical
But I guess number 1 would bring about number 3.
I’ve been reading my old posts and one can easily tell there were many moments I wrote in anger and frustration. There were many times I wrote in my sarcastic tone. Mainly because of what I have been seeing and experiencing in the church I’ve been a member of. Maybe my writing will be less angry this year but probably there will still be a tinge of sadness once in a while but hopefully you will still see the truth I am pointing out.
I actually wrote an entire article as a year end review but I scrapped that. It was just too bleak. Why? To summarise, it was the year the Administrator’s siblings were kicked out of their homes and arrested; there was the death of those Africans in the Aid to Humanity fiasco; the deaths of the expelled; the revelation of the diplomatic passports; more ghost towns… I could go on. Do we really want to look back?
So let’s see what’s in store for 2018. Oh yeah, there’s the new case that the rapper Chris Brown filed against the Church. (Sigh)
Oh that’s right, have to be POSITIVE. P-O-S-I-T-I-V-E
So let me put a positive spin on this new mess that the Church Leaders have gotten themselves in this time; rather than sound like I’m blaming them, let’s just focus on the solution to this. To do that we have to understand why this happened. It’s simple really. The Bible (surprise!) gives the reason:
“No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer.” 1 Timothy 2:4
The Apostles said soldiers must get involved in civilian life. Who was Apostle Paul referring to as soldiers? We read verse 4. Here are verses 2-3:
2 And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others. 3 Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
Not the soldiers in the literal sense but those who teach the message are soldiers referred to here.
If you think I’m stretching this, let’s read the verse 4 again in the Phillips translation:
“Put up with your share of hardship as a loyal soldier in Christ’s army. Remember: 1) That no soldier on active service gets himself entangled in business, or he will not please his commanding officer.”
Why then would the church leaders/ council get involved in all kinds of worldly matters? In business affairs? So to answer CLEARLY our question, what is the solution?
DO NOT GET ENTANGLED IN BUSINESS! We are a church. We are a religious organisation.
Building the monstrous Arena, getting involved in show biz, eco farming, selling of trinkets, petrol, coffee table books or whatever it is will not bring about our salvation. That’s what being entangled with business means. You involve yourself with worldly affairs, then you will have to deal with all the mess that comes with it. That’s why the Apostles said DO NOT. That is the S-O-L-U-T-I-O-N.
Thus, let’s all be positive in this still fresh new year. God will do His part. He will tear down the nonsense that people do. He will straighten things out. Even if people insist that they are succeeding in their distorted plans, God will eventually set things right. Why do I say this? God declared it:
“I will put out My hand against the people of the land,” says the Lord. “For from the least to the greatest of them, every one is always wanting something. And from the man of God to the religious leader, every one lies to get what he wants. They have healed the hurt of My people only a little, saying, ‘Peace, peace,’ when there is no peace. Were they ashamed because of the sinful things they had done? No, they were not ashamed at all. They did not even know how to turn red. So they will fall among those who fall. When I punish them, they will be brought down,” says the Lord.” Jeremiah 6:12-15 NLV
Not my words. HE said it.
Happy New year everyone.