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I read and observed with incredible disgust and painful amazement, the bogus comments and selfish outbursts of some religious leaders. This is in respect of the current closure of religious homes as well as the stipulated conditions by the government for reopening. The question is: Is it only churches that are affected? What about the mosques and the schools?
My worry is if the Muslims get to see and read all these outbursts, what impression would they have about our highly revered leaders from the christian faith? How about school owners?
Let me put it straight. There is no satanic agenda or stiff persecution anywhere against the church of God in this. Security of lives is primary, germaine and also takes supremacy over any personal and selfish agenda. I was particularly stunned, going through the proceedings of the recent meetings involving the Lagos State Governor and the religious leaders. The transparent honesty and proven integrity openly exhibited by an Imam is noteworthy. This cleric declared his inability and incapacitation as far as monitoring the number of worshippers behind him is concerned, once service starts. He therefore opined his inability to guarantee compliance with the government’s directives/stipulated conditions for reopening of mosques.
But antithetically speaking, some of our leaders on this part of the divide would have made empty promises which they absolutely knew they would be unable to keep.
In reality, how many churches can absolutely meet up with those stipulated conditions? I remember before the religious centres were finally closed down, I witnessed a scenario where a church leader wanted to prove smart, having realized that the number of worshippers had exceeded 50. He directed others to go and occupy the space behind the church building. Thank God for the swift intervention of another leader who vehemently kicked against that move but ordered those worshippers in excess of 50 to leave the church premises. I ruminated within myself what impression would be formed about my highly revered church, should unbelievers or law enforcement agents discover the deception, if the instruction was allowed to be adhered to.
Let’s not be selfish but cooperate with the government in the fight to curtail and eradicate CORONA VIRUS! Let’s not attract unnecessary sympathy to ourselves by attributing fake persecution from the pit of hell against the church. The schools and mosques are equally affected. Besides, no amount of offerings, influence or desire for worship of the creator can be compared with safety and security of lives!

Sola Akinlade, From Lagos, Nigeria.

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