In today’s world the tenets of the various religion where people belong seems unnecessary and therefore difficult to uphold its teachings because the ideals outside their faith do not affect their living.
The above scriptural verse ought to serve as a metre or measuring tool in the life of every individual, especially those that profess Christianity, serving in the public domain.
Amassing of wealth and worshipping of it than the givers is considered as sin since covetousness and a man’s life do not consist of the abundant of his wealth.
The opening quotation of this episode of the Issues Abattoir is a direct warning to those who value wealth and position than their souls and God.
As the 2015 general election draw closer in Nigeria, the clamour and agitation for one political position or the other has filled the air, hence the current political tension in many parts which eventually led to the merger of some political parties to form the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC. Yes, opposition is encouraged in a democratic setting of society, but the mode for which the quest is being pursued is worrisome. To many, it is me getting that position or no one else otherwise something would happen.
Remember, when a former head of state said, that if he does not win the 2011 presidency, he would make Nigeria ungovernable. Indeed if diplomacy and caution is not applied Nigeria is gradually drifting to that. Above all, that individual was not checked, arrested for interrogation.
The quest for power by certain Nigerians is alarming and needs to be checked by so doing precarious situation could be averted.
Perhaps many have forgotten so soon the preparations, actions and incident of the late former head of state, Gen. Sani Abacha who could have trickishly removed his khaki for an Agbada while in the Aso Rock Villa.
But, in his own wisdom, God intervened that he was not there to carry his purported plans of remaining in power of tyranny against the nation. No one including his aides were able to give vivid what St. Luke Gospel chapter 12:20 reveals and calling on all powers seekers to be aware of how they go about their quest.
God is omnipotent, omniscience and omnipresence; He is capable of doing whatsoever he wants at his time.
Most occupants of political positions who are desperate of pulling down their superiors or paying evil for good are ignorant of the issues of life or have no personal experience. Experience, it is said is the greatest teacher through which great characters survived.
A proper articulation and calculation of one’s experience in life would certainly engender consciousness in the life of such individual.
The game of politics ought not to be that of bitterness as it is said has no permanent friend and enemy. If it has no permanent enemy why must the bitterness strive? For example, the enmity between Gov. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. A situation where all manner of allegations, vulgarism, insult and what have you are said against the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria amidst mobilizing the grassroots against him.
Personal experience and relationship with God Almighty would translate to living above physical experience of the body.
According to the book, “Ancient Wisdom For Today,” “when you realize through personal experiences that you live beyond the physical body, you are released from the fear of death. You worry less. When you realize through experience that you are a creative part of a living God, you invite more love into your life….”
This book as it teaches the “Eckankar faith, reveals one’s partnership or encounter with God through personal experience and devotion to loving others that the hatred in the world today particularly as it affects the context of this discussion, “politics”.
Having encounter with God, will always remind anyone that in just a night, God can require one’s soul and all his wealth destroyed as recorded in the scriptures. God does not abhor wealth, but when your wealth becomes your God, then something is wrong and as He (God) detests it, your life is in danger.
Desperation for power come 2015 which has instigated several war of words from every corner is not unconnected with the perceived amassing of wealth by those desperate politicians. Like it or leave it, the truth is always bitter but must be said. For example, the Local Government chairmen who are desirous of coming for a second term, what are they coming to do or what have they forgotten in the councils? These are chairmen who never performed in their areas of responsibility for tenure of 3 years. What hole has the Rivers State governor dug in the Brick House that if not his trusted candidate no other person could fill it up as his successor?
Desperation and covetousness are two inseparable identical twins whose aftermath is destruction and regret to mankind.
As observed earlier, Late Gen. Sanni Abacha was desperate for power when he took it with force and intended to emerge as next civilian president. His quest to become the next president then was, however, divinely arrested when he could not live to see the election not to mention the result.
The outcome of the annulled June 12 presidential election was experienced by Nigerians and it was almost the genesis of another civil war. Retired Gen. Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida who annulled the election was forced by Nigerians to vacate office against his intention of becoming a civilian president.
Results of desperation is synonymous with anything unpleasant. It is against this backdrop that Issues Abattoir haven recalled the incidence of the exit of late Gen. Sanni Abacha in connection with the biblical emphasis warns its readers especially politicians against the wrath and weight of the law to come. ###
With James Mgboineme