I’ve always felt and strongly believed that God isn’t an absolutist, and I’m glad one of the ranking COVID-19 lessons established this truth.
His ways are not rigid. He said it Himself >>> Isaiah 55 vs 8-9: “…𝘐 𝘥𝘰𝘯’𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘬 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘺 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘬. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘺 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬 𝘪𝘴𝘯’𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘺 𝘐 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬. 𝘍𝘰𝘳 𝘢𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘬𝘺 𝘴𝘰𝘢𝘳𝘴 𝘩𝘪𝘨𝘩 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘩, 𝘴𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘺 𝘐 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬 𝘴𝘶𝘳𝘱𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘺 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘺 𝘐 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘬 𝘪𝘴 𝘣𝘦𝘺𝘰𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘺 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘬…”
I am happy about the fact that the COVID-19 situation broke down the Jerichoan walls of dogma and infused CHOICE and LIGHT into the way people worship.
Today, while watching a Steven Furtick online service as I’ve been doing for a whole while now (as far back as the pre-covid era), my mind was cast back to an example that depicted how rigid people think God works, especially when it comes to the mediums and methods of worship.
“Open your Bibles to so so so”, the Pastor said on this fateful day in 2009, and I reached for my phone to click open my Bible app.
I didn’t know he saw me. Well, I wasn’t hiding. He then approached and started making a bad example of me right in the middle of a supposed ongoing service.
“Where is your Bible? I mean your real Bible? This is what we are saying, young Christians undermining real Christianity. This is the problem. How can you leave your house, come to the church of God with a mere phone, and leave your real Bible at home? Ha! Igbagbo ma gba iwosi o! Igbagbo gidi ko lele yi ti [Ha, real faith has suffered, this is not real faith]”, he spewed.
He grabbed the phone, dangled it in the air like a cursed djinn and asked the congregation, “Is this a real Bible? Bible-believing children of God, is this our real Bible?” They all chorused, “No”.
Well, fast forward to today, he’s one of the people muted on my Whatsapp because of the plethora of sermons and ‘igbagbo gidi’ sent daily, with screenshots from YouVersion Bible app to boot….Keyword: ON WHATSAPP.
Add that to the many other ways these set of people now apply the same technology they once vowed against and outlawed as anti-faith, to push their gospel and hustle this day.
Same goes for self-crowned Jesus incarnates who until recently (thanks to COVID-19) believed that the phrase “I will watch the service online” was the password to enter Hell and a confirmation that you’re backslidden…a pointer that your faith needs rescue.
Well, now, in Broda Shaggi’s voice e shock you?
Are you in Hell now? Or, Oh, you think He would understand and not send you to Hell because He must know covid-19 caused you to commit the gravest sin of worshipping online/from home….right?
Let me not laugh.
God is ubiquitous, and as I’ve learnt, you can worship Him anywhere, INCLUDING INSIDE YOUR CHURCH WALLS [this piece is not against that, making it clear again]; the only requirement is that He says, do it “in spirit and in truth”.
Choice, Brokeness, Contrition, Light….amen.