Even at this time of persecution faced by the Christians not only in the northern part of the country (Nigeria) but now spreading even outside the country as it is being recorded almost on a daily basis how Christian faithfuls are being attacked, lynched, and killed by some miscreants or otherwise unknown religious fanatics. Though its not a time to give up evangelism but a time to work more harder with strategies on how to carry out the evangelism work without having to pay with our dear lives. I may like to shock you that its not all those who are killed in Christ’s name will enter the kingdom of God and it’s not all evangelists that will inherit the kingdom of the father for the fact that he said in the scripture that “go ye into the world and preach the gospel”. It’s also part of our onus to preach the gospel as inscribed in Romans 1:15 So, for my part, I am willing and eagerly ready to preach the Gospel to you also who are in Rome.
Isaiah 61:1.The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed and qualified me to preach the Gospel of good tidings to the meek, the poor, and afflicted; He has sent me to bind up and heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the [physical and spiritual] captives and the opening of the prison and of the eyes to those who are bound. ( you have to be mindful and upright as you carry out your evangelical assignment, the poor needs to be cared for only you want your message to be meaningful, the afflicted need to be taken care of to win their souls, by doing such is also part of evangelism and not by words alone without actions).
God has given to every human according to his or her capacity to work for Him and i believed He who has called and ordained the Christians never did that to their destruction. I am writing this piece owing to the ugly incidents that occured at kofar wambai in kano and the recent one in Abuja where women evangelists were attacked and killed by some miscreants, as i said earlier it will be wise of us if the Christians can restrategise their mode of operations because if they should wait for the government there wont be any better result as i will also try to remind you of the events which unfolded in Kaduna concerning a bill some Christians sees as perverting.
Evangelism is not only by what we speak to the audience or listeners, much has to do with the behavior and the way you treat people around you. Christians are being persecuted no doubt about that but it’s so glaring why it’s happening this way but i think the Christians needs to catch them young as i will liken the audience who receive the words of evangelism as babies. Babies understand and act more on what they hear and see (Examples), i could recall a couple whose daughter is not up to two years, each time the little girl wants to call her father she will call him honey just has he is fondly called by the wife, what am i trying to say here? After preaching the words, let every other words and actions speak what you preach, care for the needy, pray for the sick regardless of their religion and let them see reasons for your evagelism. Christ is to be preached not church and while preaching avoid vulgar language and respect other religion, don’t say anything bad about it because Christ never did such and avoid being a religious fanatic or extremist.
God help our faith and grant the souls of the deceased eternal rest. Amen