Jesus Christ , the Poor in Urban Africa — Where is the Christianity on this issue ?
If there is any group of people that have been neglected in the church apart form the spiritually poor ,it is the physical poor.It is ironic that countries with large Christian populations have the highest poverty levels or widest gap between the rich and the poor.Africa is a good example of such discrepancies.
Christian population…… About 80%….http://pewforum.org/world-affairs/countries
Poverty level …about 60% below the poverty line as per 2002…www.sarpn.org.za
Crime Rate…..Also high
Christian population…… About 80%….www.allacademic.com/meta/p241838_index.html
Poverty level …about 50% below the poverty line…..www.indexmundi.com
Christian population…… About 50 %……..en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_Nigeria
Poverty level … About 50 %….. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_Nigeria
Crime Rate….. High
Questions arise as to how real are these poverty estimates. If anything, the numbers are a soft cushion for the hard reality. A visit to where many of the poor live show that they are in dire need of the basis necessities even before well being becomes an issue to confront.
But a look at the so called cathedrals, giants of buildings church companiesbeing built in these countries and the millions Christian organizations rake in one wonders and and wonders rightly …where does the money go if these are Christian organizations ?
The poor in these urban societies in Africa are suffering amidst plenty that Christians have.BUt the Christians close their eyes and ears to their cry being deceived by the Propseity Gospel and False Deliverance Gospel that calls the poor cursed and disobedient to God.
When one returns to the bible this sort of Arrogant Christianity is nowhere near the true faith of the saints.
The beautiful reality is Jesus Christ and the first church in Acts took care of the poor, the widows and the weak of the earth.
Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
Luke 6:20 And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.
Acts 6:1 And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.
Galatians 2:10 Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do.
Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?
THIS WAS NOT CALLED SOCIALISM OR COMMUNISM.THAT IS PART OF THE GOSPEL…THE CHRISTIAN FAITH …TAKING CARE AND HAVING COMPASSION ON THE WEAK OF THE AERTH AND THE POOR BOTH PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL.
Today many Christians are calling such tendencies of righteousness as socialism or Marxism. African Christians must not fall into that trap. What we need to do is to revert to THE GOSPEL….that calls for compassion to the physically poor as we preach the gospel of spiritual riches in Jesus Christ.
Christians blaming government for poverty and crime will not work. Let us do the sayings of Jesus Christ .We do not need Government aid or WORLD BANK. Let the government do what it has got to do and let a Christian do what he or she has got to do. All will be judge by God.
In fact with the current economic crisis many of these Western nations are going to cut down on aid to African countries but will give excuses such as political disorder or harmful laws that they do not support. The West is a vain idol so is the Dollar and so is money.
But when we walk in the truth of the gospel by having genuine care for those in need today around us during global economic hardships we shall be seeking the kingdom of God and his righteousness. In your and my sharing of physical goods also speak the truth of Jesus Christ
Care for the poor , widows and weak around us is righteousness. This is what our Lord did and commands us to do. Only for his glory and not for the praise of man or for the cameras but for the glory of the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.