by Fonban Emmanuel
The history of Jesus Christ who is the bedrock of Christianity has been centered in nothing other than love and service to humanity. The Christian church inspired by Jesus Christ is supposed to exist in these principles which carries the central pillars of the bible.
Among every other obligations of a good Christian, love for neighbor and service to humanity is supposed to be paramount. The increase in the number of churches in the world and a simultaneous increase of evil in the world is a call for reflection to the Christian church. Who are those increasing the churches and who are those increasing the evil?
To trace source of evil, one can picture habits like jealousy, egotism and other traits which center interest, in excessive love for material things, power and wealth.
One may be tempted to ask in line with this; what pushes us to want everything for ourselves and what pushes us to be jealous?
It is disappointing to know that these values exist in many churches today and sadly habits seen in many Christians.
In the gospel of Mark, a teacher of the law came and ask Jesus about the greatest commandment and Jesus said “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second most important commandment is this: ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’ There is no other commandment more important than these two.” (Mark 12:30-31)
It can be seen that love is a common factor in the two greatest commandments. By this, we can confirm that love is a raw material that helps us to produce every Christian deed without which we will be doing something else.
In the same light, in the gospel of Mathew, Jesus is tasking us to be at the service of humanity. To feed the hungry, give water to the thirsty, cloth the naked, shelter the homeless and others which are collectively seen as the corporal works of mercy.
Nowadays, we have many churches where the poor and the rich join to worship but unfortunately, the poor who are helpless are not a concern to the rich whom God has blessed with sufficient resources to take care of the poor and the needy. There are rich people who have made heavy public donations in churches in a public show but these same people cannot afford to provide a single meal for hungry people in the society. There are rich people whose wealth is provided by the poor people who provide Labour to them without choice at very low cost.
The church generally sometimes closes eyes to these things and at the end of the day, we see the church has gradually become a place where people come to show up their wealth and mock at the poor while showing how serious they can be in praising and thanking God.
Some great minds have argued that fasting in the name of a spiritual activity without giving food to the hungry and the needy is tantamount to starving.
It follows that, if you must fast, then you must also sacrifice your meal and give to those in need.
How can one explain that in a church where there are millionaires, there are people in the same church who cannot afford a single meal a day but when this underprivileged approach these wealthy people, their response is “put everything in prayers”?
It is evident that many Christians act in complete deviation of the philosophical principles of Christianity Jesus founded. In a note shell, we repeat the preaching of Jesus Christ but we don’t copy his examples.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven” Matt 7:21.
By the definition of the church, the blame sits on all churchgoers who feel that they deserve to be called Christians. It is therefore important, we love our neighbours and make it an obligation to be at the service of humanity. This is where the pride of every true Christian must be, where they show love and where they serve humanity in times of need.