According to NDIC:
–As at 2017, we have about 26 million bank account holders (although the number increased significantly as of 2020).
–About 98% of bank account holders have less than N500,001.
–Only about 2 percent of Nigerians have more than N500,000 in their bank accounts.
–Over 100 million Nigerians are wallowing in abject poverty.
The data does not exclude Christians. They pray, fast, claim prophetic declarations, drink anointing oil, go to mountains and tie mantles on their necks (which is good), but they do not have up to N500,000 in their bank accounts. We want to use spiritual activities to circumvent our responsibility. We train Christians not to think, but to just follow sheepishly.
I want to see us operate on the seven systems that holds humanity together. The systems are Government (politics), Economy (entrepreneurship), Education, Family, Religion, Arts and entertainment, and Media. Let’s use our God-given talents to transform our nations.
When I read how Christians transformed different nations in the past, I wonder why we have big churches and large crowds today but we don’t really affect our nations the way it should be.
Below are various inventions and discoveries that were made by Catholic priests, Catholics, Evengelicals, Anglicans and other believers.
According to The Doc, writing for www.famousscientists.org, the following were invented by Christians.
Robert Boyle 1627 – 1691. He said that a deeper understanding of science was a higher glorification of God. Defined elements, compounds, and mixtures. Discovered the first gas law – Boyle’s Law.
Antoine Lavoisier 1743 – 1794. A Roman Catholic believer in the authenticity of the Holy Scriptures. A founder of modern chemistry; discovered oxygen’s role in combustion and respiration; discovered that water is a compound of hydrogen and oxygen.
Leonhard Euler 1707 – 1783. The son of a Calvinist pastor. Wrote religious texts and is commemorated by the Lutheran Church on their Calendar of Saints. Published more mathematics than any other single mathematician in history, much of it brilliant and groundbreaking.
Michael Faraday 1791 – 1867. A devout member and elder of the Sandemanian Church. Discovered electromagnetic induction; discovered the first experimental link between light and magnetism; carried out the first room-temperature liquefaction of a gas.
James Clerk Maxwell 1831 – 1879. An evangelical Protestant who learned the Bible by heart at age 14. Transformed our understanding of nature: his famous equations unified the forces of electricity and magnetism, indicating that light is an electromagnetic wave. His kinetic theory established that temperature is entirely dependent on the speeds of particles.
Gregor Mendel 1822 – 1884. A Roman Catholic Augustinian abbot. Founded the science of genetics; identified many of the mathematical rules of heredity; identified recessive and dominant traits.
Arthur Compton 1892 – 1962. A deacon in the Baptist Church. Discovered that light can behave as a particle as well as a wave, and coined the word photon to describe a particle of light.
Bernhard Riemann 1826 – 1866. Son of a Lutheran pastor. A devout Christian who died reciting the Lord’s Prayer. Transformed geometry providing the foundation of Einstein’s theory of general relativity; the Riemann hypothesis has become the most famous unresolved problem in mathematics.
Georges Lemaître 1894 – 1966. Roman Catholic priest. Discovered that space and the universe are expanding; discovered Hubble’s law; proposed the universe began with the explosion of a ‘primeval atom’ whose matter spread and evolved to form the galaxies and stars we observe today.
Isaac Newton 1643 to 1727. Passionate dissenting Protestant who spent more time on Bible study than math and physics. Profoundly changed our understanding of nature with his law of universal gravitation and his laws of motion; invented calculus; built the first ever reflecting telescope; showed sunlight is made of all the colors of the rainbow.
Willard Gibbs 1839 – 1903. Member of the Congregational Church who attended services every week. Invented vector analysis and founded the sciences of modern statistical mechanics and chemical thermodynamics.
John Dalton 1766 – 1844. A faithful Quaker who lived modestly. Dalton’s Atomic Theory is the basis of chemistry; discovered Gay-Lussac’s Law relating temperature, volume, and pressure of gases; discovered the law of partial gas pressures.
George Washington Carver 1864 – 1943. A Protestant Evangelist and Bible class leader whose faith in Jesus was the mechanism through which he carried out his scientific work. Improved the agricultural economy of the USA by promoting nitrogen providing peanuts as an alternative crop to cotton to prevent soil depletion.
Florence Nightingale 1820 – 1910. An Anglican who believed God spoke to her, calling her to her work. Transformed nursing into a respected, highly trained profession; used statistics to analyze wider health outcomes; advocated sanitary reforms largely credited with adding 20 years to life expectancy between 1871 and 1935.
Alessandro Volta 1745 – 1827. A Roman Catholic who declared that he had never wavered in his faith. Invented the electric battery; wrote the first electromotive series; isolated methane for the first time.
Blaise Pascal 1623 – 1662. A Roman Catholic theologian. Pascal’s wager justifies belief in God. Devised Pascal’s triangle for the binomial coefficients and co-founded probability theory. Invented the hydraulic press and the mechanical calculator.
Charles Babbage 1791 – 1871. A Protestant devotee who devoted a chapter of his autobiography to a discussion of his faith. The father of the computer, invented the Analytical Engine, a Turing Complete computer in 1837 – the first general purpose computer.
William Thomson (Lord Kelvin) 1824 – 1907. An elder of the Free Church of Scotland. Codified the first two laws of thermodynamics, deduced the absolute zero of temperature is -273.15 °C. On the Kelvin scale, absolute zero is found at 0 kelvin. Invented the signalling equipment used in the first transatlantic telegraph via an undersea cable.
Did you notice that there is no 21st century Christian inventor in that list? All were late 19th century and mid-20th century. They saw Christianity as a means of transforming the society, not praying for butter and bread.
Why are we not replicating what they did? It is simple, the messages we hear from the pulpit are centered on self, not the society. That is why we want to be the only wealthy person in a town. It is a self-centered teaching that makes us want everything for ourselves. If you doubt what you just read, kindly ask any Christian around you the last time he or she interceded for someone. When last did you intercede for your priest or pastor? I am sure you can’t remember.
Jesus Christ came into the world to die for mankind. He did not die for Himself, He died to make life better for others. Since He is our perfect example, we ought to replicate what He did by looking for ways to transform our society. Just take a look at these beautiful words of Jesus:
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16.
He did not say you are the light of yourself. He did not say you are the light of the church. He said that you and I are the light of the world. By transforming our society, we are lighting up the world. We are driving away darkness and replacing it with light.
The church should not boast about numbers, she should boast about how she took over education, business, politics and governance, media, entertainment and every facet of human endeavor and transformed it for Christ. We should stop hiding in the church. Our light is not needed in the church, it is needed in the society.
As you crossover to the new year, vow not to be self-centered again. Take up a project that will make the world a better place. Make the use of your brain. Stop seeing God as a magician. He won’t do everything for you. He gave you all it takes to stand out in your generation and pull others out of squalor.
Stop hunting for prayer and prophecy. Grow up spiritually and become an instrument in God’s hand. Don’t let anyone terrify you with prophecy. Nobody is God’s assistance. God can also speak to you. Go for knowledge. Go for personal development. Make your life count before you die!!
Happy new year!
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