I write, not to show that I am brilliant or intelligent, but to promote my Lord Jesus and His Sacrifice on the cross in the face of the contemporary issues bedeviling our society today. There has never been a time when the consciousness of race/ethnicity has been so much an issue as it is in our world today. It is even funny to say that issues of diversity have been a little easier for the foreign countries to handle than African countries. Now, I do not intend to put out philosophical arguments on that. But, as a Christian, what should be my attitude towards other ethnic groups and races? What does the word of God truly teach?
Colossians 3 vs. 11 remarked concerning the new life in Christ, “In this new life one’s nationality or race or education or social position is unimportant; such things mean nothing. Whether a man has Christ is what matters, and He is equally available to all”. (LB). What this teaches us is that there is no discrimination with Christ. There is no marginalization with Christ. When people have truly accepted Jesus into their lives and are living by His words, one thing that will mark their lives is a love and regard for all men, regardless of tribe and descent.
One challenge we have had in Africa (and Nigeria especially) is not that we have too many ethnic groups in one nation, but we have too few people who are truly Christians, and who are living their lives the way Jesus wants us to. This is the story of many African nations.
Look at the newest African nation- South Sudan. They fought vehemently for independence, and after a referendum where over 98% of the populace voted for independence, they were granted independence from Northern Sudan and the despotic Omar Al Bashir regime. What has become of South Sudan today? They are still fighting among themselves. The country ranks high as one of Global Fund for Peace’s fragile states, and has the second highest corruption perception index (second to Somalia) as ranked by Transparency International (2016)
What does this show us? We can fight the outside issues. But beyond the outside issue is the inner problem. Why can’t we live with each other? Why do we always have to bring in nepotism and ethnicity when we want to do things? These are questions that cannot be answered by changing governments or building walls, but by the preaching of the gospel.
So, I want to shout out to our fathers in the Lord and other unknown men who are moving over the nooks and crannies of the Nation preaching Jesus. Some of them risk their lives to move to the interior parts of the North just to say to them “PAX CHRISTOS”. May we continue to pray for them, that God will prosper their work. Because, when a critical mass of us begin to live our lives by the principles of Jesus, it will not matter whether we are Hausas, Igbos, Yorubas, Ijaws, Hutus and Tutsis, it will only matter that Christ is in us, controlling our lives and decisions.
Let us Sing: “Jesus is the Answer,
For the World Today,
Above Him there’s no other,
Jesus is the way…