What will be the essence of the church when the prosperity of the church does not reflect on the societies that will live in? Did the Bible from which we take our lessons not say, let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your father in heaven?
Im a strong believer in the fact that the church must be involved in national development not by shouting on the pulpit at politicians but by rolling their sleeves and getting their hands dirty to prove the point! Some of our churches are on very terrible roads and we go in there to worship every Sunday. One of the things I think we can do in order to gain more influence in our time and with the government is to take up some responsibilities especially where the government is failing and prove to them that we understand the meaning of running a kingdom as priests and kings.
I am not going to get into a debate as to who should really fix the roads! I just think that the church does not lose anything by fixing some of the roads in the towns and cities where we live. Let us also consider that some of these roads are used primarily by those people who come in to make the congregation on Sundays. Some others may say they do not have the money to fix roads leading to their church but I think they still can afford to do something. What about providing water for the people in your community?
There could be some places where dirt litter the road to the church or some other public places. There could just be a place that might even be far from the church but the church can organize its members to get involved in the cleanup exercise of the place. When we begin to do things like this then we will realize that our influence will grow bigger in some places and even faster than we can imagine. I am of the opinion that there is nothing wrong in a church fixing the street lights for a community. When I was an undergraduate studying mass communication, there was a young man who lived in the host community of our school and he decided to open a bar for young people to come in and drink at any time. He became so popular and made so much money from the business. After a while, the young man invited a company to come and install street lights on the street where is open bar was located. They installed the lights a few meters before and after his bar so the whole place was lit up and he began to do a few more things in the society.
I was touched that an unbeliever could think so well about using the money from his business to do something extra for the society. Whenever the lights came on they were powered by his generating set and I was wondering why churches cannot set this kind of examples for the community! We must come to terms with the fact that our major influence will not come from how many converts we have in the church who are spread all over the city! Our influence will come from winning the hearts of on lookers and unbelievers by going to extra mile to accommodate them as well in the benefits we offer to the society.
The church, in my opinion, must get involved, using its resources, in national development and one of the things they can commit to is providing some facilities for the people in their community.
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