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|Pastor Poju Oyemade: "How Culture Is Destroying Christianity In Africa" by edurach: 5:54pm On Apr 20, 2018|
Here's a piece by Pastor Poju Oyemade on cultural dimension that may be destroying Christianity in Africa.
Why what God has placed in the heart of the younger generation is necessary.
This probably is my most sensitive and delicate write up so far, I have thought about this for years. There is a cultural issue in this nation that may be detrimental to real progress in advancing the kingdom of God.
I will start by telling the story of a conversation that was found in the black box of a plane that had crashed killing all passengers and crew members on a commercial flight in South Korea. On examining the black box to find out the reason for the crash they discovered the last-minute conversation between the pilot and the co-pilot which showed that the co-pilot actually knew what the problem was as the senior pilot struggled with the plane but he didn’t voice it out until it was too late and the plane eventually crashed.
This finding led them to believe that the cultural upbringing of the co-pilot which was a Korean thing which is to defer to one who is more elderly even when you know what is right had caused the crash. The co-pilot even though he knew what the problem was kept quiet out of respect and that cost over a hundred people the lives. It could simply have been averted if he spoke up telling the senior pilot his opinion.
This cultural mindset is prevalent in Africa and this leads the younger generation to remain silent on issues they know in their heart but refuse to speak up in deference to the older. In many cases when the younger ones eventually speak, it is with anger and bitterness, a voice that reveals a feeling of being oppressed for too long and that disrespectful voice lands them on the other side of extremity making them ineffective.
Elihu had this problem with Job’s friends as they counseled him. He listened for a while, refused to speak up because of this cultural issue until he realized he was going to jeopardize his position in God and God was going to look elsewhere for a man with the courage to voice the revelation within him.
Listen to his words in Job 32:6-10 (KJV)
“And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said, I am young, and ye are very old; wherefore I was afraid and durst not shew you mine opinion. I said Days should speak, and the multitude of years should teach wisdom.But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding……….therefore I said, Hearken to me; I also will shew mine opinion.”
He later spoke about the consequence of keeping quiet in
Job 32:17-22 saying His Maker will take him out. Elihu actually meant death for in silence you have denied your purpose on the earth.
“I said, I will answer also my part, I also will shew mine opinion.
For I am full of matter, the spirit within me constraineth me. Behold, my belly is as wine which hath no vent; it is ready to burst like new bottles. I will speak, that I may be refreshed: I will open my lips and answer. Let me not, I pray you, accept any man’s person, neither let me give flattering titles unto man. For I know not to give flattering titles; in so doing my maker would soon take me away.”
God places His revelation in two generations in different ways and it is when those two generations “see each other” for as in water face answereth unto face so does the heart of a man answereth to the other.
Proverbs 27:19 As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man.
For there to be a trans-generational blessing not only must the heart of the children turn to their fathers the heart of the fathers must turn towards their children.
Malachi 4:6 “And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.”
God places something unique in each generation and it will take the linking of hands for real progress to be made. The old men will dream dreams and the younger will see visions. This type of relationship will have no iota of disrespect for the elderly but it is just the way God has established it.
As a child grows he or she begins to acquire knowledge beyond what he learned at home and after something can contribute to a conversation and advance the opinion in a family. To keep silent when you know better is disservice even to the elderly.
You make them take positions that may be totally out of tune with what is really going on because you whom God placed around them to give balance was silent and kept feeding the tendency in them that the younger generation know nothing and even after 20 years are still listeners with no voice nor contribution.
Voicing out your opinion should not be done in a disrespectful way and shouldn’t be done in an attack mode but as a regular practice so that it becomes part of the culture.
Giving voice to your revelation doesn’t always have to be in speech but more in action. It is in pursuing the path God has laid down for you that may be slightly different from the approach of the previous generation but you are doing it not out of rebellion but honoring the truth within.
This opinion doesn’t have to be at variance but contributing to the development of a thought, refining what went before. If you are always at variance then you are operating in the flesh.
The way God has designed it is as a generation gets old the younger generation should take them by the hand and drive the agenda. The younger once relied on their insights then the time comes for the older not to be discarded nor shamed but to be held by the hand and shown by the younger the next positioning and glean from their wisdom as the younger drive the agenda.
John 21:18 (KJV)
“18 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdest thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not.”
It is when the younger do not understand that a change has occurred in the realm of the spirit and they should run with the baton that problems begin to break out. That generation as Elihu said becomes a wasted generation.
The younger generation must know that when you keep quiet and just tow the line because you don’t want to rock the boat you are doing a great disservice to the older generation.
The voice they need to create the balance is in you and you have shut them out of it. This silence is predominantly an African thing and not a biblical concept nor even something rooted in Judaism from where emerged Christianity. Most of the time it is in hypocrisy with a lot of back talks.
Hear what Paul said about mutual benefit.
Romans 1:11-12 (KJV)
“For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established; That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.”
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|Re: Pastor Poju Oyemade: "How Culture Is Destroying Christianity In Africa" by HigherEd: 6:05pm On Apr 20, 2018|
If the sultan of sokoto can be teaching things like this in the north then maybe Nigeria would develop faster.
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|Re: Pastor Poju Oyemade: "How Culture Is Destroying Christianity In Africa" by CodeTemplar: 6:40pm On Apr 20, 2018|
Good. Some persons like to suppress any other voice.
|Re: Pastor Poju Oyemade: "How Culture Is Destroying Christianity In Africa" by Nobody: 6:45pm On Apr 20, 2018|
and Christianity is not destroying African (Nigerian )culture?
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|Re: Pastor Poju Oyemade: "How Culture Is Destroying Christianity In Africa" by BlackAdam55(m): 5:01am On Apr 22, 2018|
Jesse01:how is it destroying our culture?
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|Re: Pastor Poju Oyemade: "How Culture Is Destroying Christianity In Africa" by hopefulLandlord: 5:58am On Apr 22, 2018|
and Christianity is not destroying African culture? This pastor should tell me what drugs he's on
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|Re: Pastor Poju Oyemade: "How Culture Is Destroying Christianity In Africa" by HigherEd: 6:18am On Apr 22, 2018|
hopefulLandlord:And how is Christianity destroying African culture? Christianity only insist that the evil part of any culture must go.
|Re: Pastor Poju Oyemade: "How Culture Is Destroying Christianity In Africa" by paxonel(m): 6:49am On Apr 22, 2018|
African cultures is what has infected christianity negatively.
The only effect of christianity on African culture which i don't see it as a negative effect is how christians are now conditioned to prefer white man dressing of suit and tie over the local agbada and buba and wrapper, ankara, kaftan, or the Igbo traditional attire.
I think it is largely due to colonization not just only christianity.
I must say, christianity has played a better role in uniting the nigerian tribes and cultures but the wrong values and beliefs of African cultures(not the good ones) have not complicated the good values and morals found in the bible. That is the biggest problem of Africa today
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|Re: Pastor Poju Oyemade: "How Culture Is Destroying Christianity In Africa" by Samsimple(m): 7:16am On Apr 22, 2018|
This pastor is high on boiled sperm..
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|Re: Pastor Poju Oyemade: "How Culture Is Destroying Christianity In Africa" by hopefulLandlord: 7:28am On Apr 22, 2018|
Like destroying shrines and persecuting pagans? yeah
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|Re: Pastor Poju Oyemade: "How Culture Is Destroying Christianity In Africa" by hopefulLandlord: 7:29am On Apr 22, 2018|
Colonisation played "a role" in uniting Nigerian tribes and cultures NOT Christianity, Christianity is NEVER a tool of unity and can NEVER be a tool of unity
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|Re: Pastor Poju Oyemade: "How Culture Is Destroying Christianity In Africa" by Gggg102(m): 7:35am On Apr 22, 2018|
I actually think it's both.
colonization lumped Nigerian tribes together, but most still differed. Igbo was still Igbo, Yoruba was still Yoruba.
Christianity gave a common identity to different groups. especially when those groups identity first by Christianity.
an Igbo Christian and Yoruba Christian would both be Christians first of all before any other identification means.
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|Re: Pastor Poju Oyemade: "How Culture Is Destroying Christianity In Africa" by hopefulLandlord: 7:39am On Apr 22, 2018|
No! language gave us a common identity, it was in the best interest of the colonial
An Igbo Christian and a Yoruba Christian would be Igbos and Yorubas first, then they would be Jehovah's Witnesses and Deeper life second then they would be heretics to each other third. Christianity is NEVER a tool of unity at all and the history of Christianity shows this
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|Re: Pastor Poju Oyemade: "How Culture Is Destroying Christianity In Africa" by paxonel(m): 7:39am On Apr 22, 2018|
hopefulLandlord:I did not say colonization did not unite Africans. I say colonization bring about change of dressing mode among Africans.
If you say churches are not uniting Africans it shows you have not been attending church.
|Re: Pastor Poju Oyemade: "How Culture Is Destroying Christianity In Africa" by Nobody: 7:39am On Apr 22, 2018|
Gggg102:and u think so? haven't u read or heard of Christians killing there fellow Christians?
even today self Christians do not agree among themselves . Christians are against
Jw because they didn't preach the same doctrines as others.so how will a Catholic be able to identify with jw member, since they didn't believe in the same doctrines?
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|Re: Pastor Poju Oyemade: "How Culture Is Destroying Christianity In Africa" by HigherEd: 7:44am On Apr 22, 2018|
hopefulLandlord:What do you know about African shrines and paganism. Because some missionaries have fought the fight, you simply don't how dark African religion was. This blood sucking religions took the life of many in form of sacrifices. But if you are such an advocate for African religion why don't you visit Atan Ogun state at 12 midnight. I am not sure they've found someone to sacrifice for their dead king. When you get there and the Oro people are about disloding your head from ur body you would realise how beautiful African religion are.
|Re: Pastor Poju Oyemade: "How Culture Is Destroying Christianity In Africa" by Nobody: 7:45am On Apr 22, 2018|
edurach:Interesting write-up by Pastor Oyemade. Yes, South Koreans are typically like this.
|Re: Pastor Poju Oyemade: "How Culture Is Destroying Christianity In Africa" by hopefulLandlord: 7:48am On Apr 22, 2018|
All the info about Africa Religion you got from missionaries who had a goal in mind. History is written by victors
But let me humour you a bit, you have pastors that use their religious power to perpetrate evil and we see such news on the front-page of this website many times so let's start destroying all churches
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|Re: Pastor Poju Oyemade: "How Culture Is Destroying Christianity In Africa" by Kingsley1000(m): 7:52am On Apr 22, 2018|
THESE EUROPEAN RELIGIONS ARE FOREIGN.WE MUST GO BACK TO SANGO,AMADIOHA ETC
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|Re: Pastor Poju Oyemade: "How Culture Is Destroying Christianity In Africa" by HigherEd: 7:53am On Apr 22, 2018|
hopefulLandlord:Stfu how easy do you think it's for a deeper life member from South East to hate Yorubas when his own general overseer is a Yoruba man.
The only connecting dot between an Igbo and a Yoruba is Christianity. If not for Christianity which sort of aligned cultural beliefs it would be virtually difficult for yorubas to do anything with Igbos.
90% of my friends from the East I met on the platform of the church so don't come here saying rubbish about what you know little about.
|Re: Pastor Poju Oyemade: "How Culture Is Destroying Christianity In Africa" by hopefulLandlord: 7:55am On Apr 22, 2018|
I did not say colonisation united Africans, I said it played "a role" in it. However I insist Christianity is not and can never unite anybody. all Christianity does is go to already united civilisations and sell them Christianity
Were the Yorubas ununited before the missionaries came? Were the Igbos not united before the missionaries came? were the hausasnot united before Dan Fodio came to the area? all these tribes were already united and they conducted businesses intertribally despite not understanding their various languages. However there were still some level of misunderstanding till we adopted elementary form of English which blurred the little barrier we had left
All Christianity does is pretend to give us something we already had and then claim they did give it to us. Its akin to me giving Dangote $1M gift right now then claiming the money was responsible for his wealth
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|Re: Pastor Poju Oyemade: "How Culture Is Destroying Christianity In Africa" by Nobody: 7:57am On Apr 22, 2018|
BlackAdam55:by making it look like our culture is evil, (like it was sent from the devil )while Christianity seems like it was sent from above.
It's destorying our culture,kids this days can not even tell u about our culture, but
Can tell u the whole bible stroies from Genesis to revelation
Is that not disturbing to u?
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|Re: Pastor Poju Oyemade: "How Culture Is Destroying Christianity In Africa" by Gggg102(m): 8:00am On Apr 22, 2018|
most Christians don't identify by denomination first. once they say Jesus, they form a sense of brotherhood. it's when they go deeper that the differences in doctrines divide them. on the surface they only need to believe in Jesus. identification by Christianity is a bigger umbrella than identification by tribe. more people fit under that umbrella than when you identify by tribe.
even within tribes, there are divisions. an Igbo man could be from Anambra or from Ebonyi, they would differ at this stage. at the surface, they still remain Igbos.
a Christian from oyo would be different from one from enugu, however both would be united by belief in Yahweh and Jesus since Nigeria is very religious. at the surface, they are still Christians.
the colonialists used religion as an alternate identity to bring the different tribes together under one roof.
|Re: Pastor Poju Oyemade: "How Culture Is Destroying Christianity In Africa" by Horus(m): 8:02am On Apr 22, 2018|
Give them back their jesus and return to your ancestors.
Accepting an imported Alien Religion has killed our peoples minds!
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|Re: Pastor Poju Oyemade: "How Culture Is Destroying Christianity In Africa" by Gggg102(m): 8:03am On Apr 22, 2018|
they could both identity as Christians.
Christianity is the superset, jw, Catholics, ... are subsets.
they are all one under the superset but differ under the subsets.
|Re: Pastor Poju Oyemade: "How Culture Is Destroying Christianity In Africa" by hopefulLandlord: 8:04am On Apr 22, 2018|
Your name is HigherEd yet your words are so uncouth and ladden with emotions of someone lower
Whoever you met through church you could've met at a bar or at a viewing centre or at a football pitch or Cinema or airplane or the gym or recommended to by a business partner or crashed your car into each other or met just about anywhere
I've met a lot of business partners through these means but it would be foolish of me to claim these things are responsible for uniting Africans although each of these play a part. However Christianity is NEVER a tool for unity, if it did unite anyone its coincidental as Christians avoid each other and see evil in each other due to sectarianism
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|Re: Pastor Poju Oyemade: "How Culture Is Destroying Christianity In Africa" by hopefulLandlord: 8:15am On Apr 22, 2018|
Tell us how exactly identifying as Christians unite someone from Anambra and someone in Ogbomoso who are Jehovah's Witnesses and Deeper Life respectively
|Re: Pastor Poju Oyemade: "How Culture Is Destroying Christianity In Africa" by BlackAdam55(m): 8:17am On Apr 22, 2018|
Jesse01:our culture is evil no body make it's look anything ,tha's the truth, I suggest u give ur life to Christ before it too late
|Re: Pastor Poju Oyemade: "How Culture Is Destroying Christianity In Africa" by Gggg102(m): 8:18am On Apr 22, 2018|
I'd like to add, religion brings people together the way football does.
for example, you are a football fan all that matters between you and other fans is your love for football.
the other football fan may be Ghanaian or American, but all of you are united with your passion for football.
after being a football fan, you are a Madrid fan. the other football fan could be a Barça fan. both of you are on opposite ends and obviously disagree but both of you are still united by love of football.
as a Madrid fan, you could meet other Madrid fans that differ from you in culture and political views. you could be Yoruba while the other fan is Igbo. you could be apc while the other fan is pdp. the only thing both of you have in common is love for real Madrid. real Madrid becomes a uniting factor for you. your other differences won't matter when it comes to real Madrid.
you could meet another real Madrid fan who does not like real Madrid's managing system while you do. both of you disagree on how Madrid should be run. both of you are different but you are still united under the love of real Madrid.
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|Re: Pastor Poju Oyemade: "How Culture Is Destroying Christianity In Africa" by Gggg102(m): 8:25am On Apr 22, 2018|
you are bringing the subsets of Christianity.
Christianity as a superset would unite a Christian from ogbomosho to one in Anambra.
many Christians currently believe your denomination don't matter as long as you believe in Christ.
a Christian from ogbomosho would be united with a Christian from anambra before being in unity with a Muslim from ogbomosho.
many Christians would rather fellowship with a Christian with another denomination and another tribe, than with a muslim from the same tribe.
Christians unite irrespective of sects when they go against atheists.
|Re: Pastor Poju Oyemade: "How Culture Is Destroying Christianity In Africa" by paxonel(m): 8:50am On Apr 22, 2018|
Christianity did not bring the unity, atleast it helps to some extent sustain the unity, that's what I'm saying.
|Re: Pastor Poju Oyemade: "How Culture Is Destroying Christianity In Africa" by ezeagu(m): 9:01am On Apr 22, 2018|
Sorry, which one came first and from whose hands?
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