By Nocky Kaapehi
MOST of our churches today are often marked by the “prosperity gospel” teaching and related exploitation by money-obsessed, high-living pastors, as well as full of destructive charismatic practices that are less Biblical than a lightly Christianised form of spirit worship.
For Namibians to change, the way religion is delivered, should change. Churches should stop preaching about miracles and breakthroughs.
Popular preaching such as “whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully (2 Corinthians 9v6) have been misinterpreted for personal gain.
There is another verse that has been misused by pastors: “Give and it will be given to you (Luke 6v38).”
No wonder pastors of today are so rich and the entire congregation around them are so poor.
We are stuck with a generation of Namibians who act as if GOD is a reward of laziness and poverty.
The message some of the churches send is that you reap where you didn’t sow; meaning you can get something out of nothing.
Why should a child choose to learn the hard way, if there is an easy way?
The life of today’s attitude does not create wealth and people die without creating any legacy.
I have tried to sit and wonder why some Namibian Christians are like this today.
The gospel of prosperity should be shamed; and we should work around the fact that laziness can never reap real success.
Christianity has played a very big role in the fall of Namibia today, but that is not what it is intended for. Spreading messages of instant success have led to a generation of people who are thirsty for instant results, and an immediate release.
The message should not just focus on tithing and sowing seeds, miracles, breakthroughs, blessings and wonders. Churches should stop glorifying riches acquired through miracle sources; they should stop preaching fear and stop focusing on what the devil or witches did, do or will do. Instead they should preach positive thinking and focus on messages that add value to the community, such as on hard work, dedication, commitment, perseverance, responsibility and discipline.
Discipline is the only habit that determines how far you can go.
Pastors can promote good initiatives, such as cleaning the surroundings.
Pastors should encourage creativity and innovation, instead of waiting for the government to do what they do not do.
We can start helping ourselves with humanism.
Pastors should start preaching the gospel of working hard, producing goods and services, planning, critical thinking analysis and visualisation, as this is how wealth is created.
Rushing a sick person to church for prayers does not prevent a person from dying, but correct medication and treatment will.
You don’t need pastor’s blessings to create wealth. Wealth and clean cities don’t come about by miracles or magic.
True religion should produce productive youth. For Namibia to be globally competitive, education alone is not enough; we need to nurture creativity, innovation and good governance.
We need to ask ourselves this question: What have other people created with the same qualification we have, other than just looking for a job.
*Nocky Kaapehi is a 2017 Mandela Washington Fellow (University of Minnesota in the United States) and is a founder of the HANO Youth Foundation
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