So here there I was, Sunday afternoon watching Scandal reruns in preparation for the up coming season…I’m so excited can’t even contain myself. 🙂 Anyway let me quit before I get you caught up in my Scandal addiction. So, I’m browsing the internet and then I saw it. The headline screamed at me
“Jim Iyke Gets Delivered by TB Joshua”
Okay, for those of you who don’t know, let me give you a little background. You see Jim Iyke is the bad boy of Nollywood( Nigeria’s film Industry). He has been tagged as a playboy, a womanizer, in fact I’ll loosely compare him to actor Colin Ferrell. And TB Joshua is a well-known Nigerian prophet. Ok so now you got it, let me continue with the intention of this post.
Apparently, he went to this popular church in Nigeria and got “saved & delivered”…Im thinking wow..that’s nice that He has found Christ and then I think nothing more of it other than wondering about the roles he will play in the future. But then I gave God praise and kept it moving.
However a lot of people didn’t see it that way. The next day, the backlash was terrible! People wanted to know whether his deliverance was for real or show, leaning more towards show. Some said they didn’t know he had demons in him. Others said that after he had let down numerous women, he now wants to be saved, the list of disparaging remarks went on and on… this brought me to wonder
Why do we as religious people (I dare not say Christians, because Christian would mean Christ like) pass judgement so easily? So willing to sit on our high horse as if one sin is far greater than the other…(if I lie and cheat but you kill, that makes you a worse sinner than I am…Really?) Why is it that when someone falls and is trying to make amends it’s so hard for church folk to forgive? Lend a helping hand.? If Jim Iyke has truly been saved, is this the kind of Christianity we want to show him? If he is not saved, and it was a performance as people are insinuating, isn’t it for him to answer to God?
This reminds me of the Bishop TD Jakes & Tyler Perry thing… you saw the video right? where Tyler Perry donated $1million to Bishop Jakes’s church, Tyler then proceeded to pray for Bishop and “lay” hands on him. There was an uproar among many people who believed it was all pretense. The main insinuation was, why won’t Bishop receive the “Holy Ghost” when he had just been given $1million? And all this came mostly from people in the church. If it was for show or it was real…why can’t we leave it for them and God.?
God alone sees the heart of man.
I’m in no way saying that as Christians we should condone sin and not say anything about it… but the judgement we place on one another goes against everything Christ stands for. “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”~ Luke 7:1
People that don’t belive in Christ should get to know Him through believers..not just our words but our actions. The bible says “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”~ Mathew 5:16
Comedian Marcus D Wiley of the Yolanda Adam’s Morning show once said, it’s easier to get a job in the present economy than for church folk to forgive a fallen brother/sister.
I don’t know any of the people in this post, these are just my thoughts as I continue to live my imperfect life serving a perfect God.