“Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it.” Terry Pratchett
There are several sources of darkness in my native country Nigeria. For starters, there is a lack of electricity which automatically produces darkness for the absence of light creates darkness. Yet, the other darkness is being produced by the absence of the Rule of Law. In Nigeria laws are created for the hoi polloi while the plutocrats are beyond and above the constitution of the land. The nonexistence of the rule of law stands as the primary reason why corruption is endemic in the Nigerian psyche because justice is subservient to money. The deepness of your pocket determines your humanity/citizenship while the poor are subjects of the ruling class. The result? Mass poverty, unemployment, hunger, scandal, bribery, crime and murder,
Nigeria is yet to distance herself from the governmental structures of oligarchy and plutocracy that were established during the colonial era. But the burning question is who has the unquenchable light destined to drive out darkness in Nigeria and establish righteous that guarantees the humanity of all, since we were created in the image and likeness of God? My answer is the Church, because in fact, the Church is the hope of the world. Because of the sacrifice of Christ, His subsequent resurrection, and the sending of His Holy Spirit, the Church is armed with all it needs to destroy the power of the enemy which often manifests as injustice throughout the world.
Unfortunately, that which should be the hope for Nigeria has become an accomplice in its destruction. Certainly, there are many pastors and church leaders who are corrupt and preach heresy, and this definitely impacts the spiritual fervor of our nation. Yet, that which is most insidious is the blissful ignorance of pastors and church leaders who (a) do not realize that significant injustice exists (b) know that it exists and are unconcerned (c) know that it exists but believe that addressing the injustice is somehow less spiritual so they leave it for others to solve lest they be distracted from the call of God upon their lives.
While these pastors fulfill their calling planting churches, preaching the Gospel, and doing other good things, the spiritual darkness remains. I liken this to having one thousand light bulbs in a dark room but instead of darkness disappearing, it intensity grows. Until the Church of Christ in Nigeria unifies the spiritual needs and the existential realities of the people of Nigeria, so that salvation encompasses eternal life, economic wellbeing, and freedom from all forms of oppression, things unfortunately will remain the same.