If someone had a rag, washed it, got it ironed, and hung it in the wardrobe, nobody dares call it a rag, talk less of visitors using it to wipe shoes. In contrast, if a person lays a white lace material at the house’s doorstep as a foot mat, visitors will use it to dust their shoes. Some Christians have done that to their supposed religion in the name of ‘politricks. They have just behaved like submarine Christians who identify with their beliefs when sharing the spoils of war.
Diversity is taken seriously in every country that wants to remain united and run efficient and productive systems. In managing diversity, the uppermost variables are demography, gender, and social affiliations. In looking for who to appoint, Presidents who want to achieve their goals use merit foremost as a benchmark with the diverse elements in focus. However, irrespective of the models and the value applications, the leaders would usually look through lenses of diversity to ensure inclusiveness. President Trump did that with the Evangelicals and the people of color. We have also seen what President Biden did in picking Kamala Harris. Though unsaid or unwritten, Kamala was appointed on merit to appeal to the sensitivity of gender, the people of color, and the younger generation.
For countries like Nigeria that are divided along tribal and religious lines, leaders cannot claim ignorance that religion still plays a massive role in our polity. The reversal would take some time because we need a lot of enlightenment to reduce its influence. From the Shettima unveiling by Tinubu, the two leaders realized that they required votes from traditional faith-based Nigerians, Muslims, Christians, atheists, etc., which was why they made prominent those wearing cassocks and Bishop robes.
There is no gain in saying that Shettima and Tinubu have so many Christian friends, allies, and party members that attended the unveiling program at Abuja. Besides, some Christians have decided to vote for Tinubu because they belong to the same clubs, clubs, social affiliations, etc. I would have been surprised if they did not grace the occasion.
Also confirmed is that many of those on cassocks were impostors and impersonators. So, did they need to import clergy impersonators to prove they also have Christians sympathetic to the party’s Muslim-Muslim ticket? NO!
However, it will be playing the ostrich, negatively smart and satanic to say that all those robed in Bishop apparel at that unveiling of Shettima represented the body of Christ. Some of them werr impostors and luciferous personalities that came to deceive because of the little crumbs from the master’s table. That is what physical poverty or poverty of the mind can do. Those guys shamelessly impersonated officials of the Holy Order, and I did not expect any Christian to defend that harakiri against their religion. They are lucky Christianity is effused with liberalism; if not, in many other religions, they would have been declared persona-non-grata.
There are so many things that gave the fake clerics away. First, the zucchetto, or the skull cap, sits atop the head, is used during official liturgical events, and has a well-laid sewn pattern. Secondly, I have never seen the robes of clerics so awkward as I saw with many of those at the function. Thirdly, some of the unholy aprons adorned in a political event are not used beyond the altar. Fourthly, Bishops are trained to be bold, courageous, and fearless. That day, those on the screen were hiding their faces or trying to keep away from the press.
For Christians, should we be surprised to see the rag-tag Bishops on a political stage? No! Because the scriptures forewarn us that many fake men and women of God shall come in His name?
For those on social media that lie to protect their parties, win elections, choose political parties over their religions because of man-must-whack and stomach infrastructure, and support those casting aspersions on the body of Christ for a pittance, I hope they know the consequences. Whichever of these groups they belong to, salvation and heavenly races are personal. Besides, no jot of our negative texts or opinions against the body of Christ shall go unpunished by the Almighty God.
In all of these, one thing is sure; everything has a payday and an end time. I believe God is taking Nigeria somewhere. Where it is, I don’t know. But one thing is sure; His name shall be glorified at the end of elections in 2023.
Grace and peace!!!