What I’m about to say is not directed at any group or person in particular.
But rather, consider it a wake-up call for ALL of us.
And remember – I did warn you a few weeks ago that as well as encourage and uplift you this year, I will always tell you as it is.
During a chat with my dear friend Lanre this morning, it became all too apparent that mankind has more often than not being his own worst enemy.
It really is about time I did this.
Before going any further I want to sincerely thank those very close and so dear buddies of mine; yes you guys – Tolu O, Gbogie B, Toyo O, Lanre O, Temi P, Tosin O, David A, and that tall chap that never likes being mentioned.
Time and time again our chats, arguments, and even at times the odd agreement, have been important and indeed necessary ingredients to most, if not all of my articles.
Right – back to the matter at hand.
A few weeks ago I woke up at about 4am (whenever that happened last year I got upset. Now I’ve accepted that it’s part and parcel of getting old). lol
As soon as I awoke my thoughts went straight to that little town in the US where 20 kids were shot dead a few months ago.
What an absolute tragedy!!
Now – I follow Piers Morgan on twitter.
If you don’t then I suggest you do. He’s superb – brutally honest, and at times absolutely hilarious.
And as a fellow passionate Arsenal fan, it’s strangely comforting to read his angry tweets on Saturday afternoons – as that hallowed (yes hallowed!!) team from north London – yea the one that is forever in transition – continues to push the boundaries of pain and torture to new and unbearable heights.
Why am I talking about Mr. Morgan???
Oh yes – ever since the tragic incident in that little town in Conneticut, Piers Morgan has been agressively campaigning for a review of America’s gun policy.
He believes, as I do, that guns should be banned.
Ban ’em!!!! (yes yes, I did purposely omit the ‘th’)
No flipping excuses!!
Just ban the damn things!!!!!
But we all know that ain’t gonna happen.
Because the US government and its’ backers are making way too much money from the arms business.
I could write about this all day, but I’m going to give you just a couple of examples.
In which sectors do the biggest financial donors of US governments do business?
Yep. That’s right – Oil and Arms
What did Iraq have?
Who led the war in Iraq?
Who got the contracts for the rebuilding of Iraq?
The commercial arms sales, reviewed by the State Department in 2011, was in the region of US$44 billion.
The figure for 2012 was expected to be at least 60% higher.
Now here’s the rub.
Quite a few of the countries that the US sells arms to are routinely acused of human rights abuses by the US Government.
That seems to me a rather odd contradiction.
I’m going to stop there.
This is not a tirade, or even a complaint against the US government.
My point is this –
As a result of incessant greed, mankind seems to have pressed the self destruct button – steadily destroying millions of lives across the globe for the sake of financial gain.
Back home – we all know the damage and destruction that oil has inflicted on Nigeria; not least to our brothers and sisters in the Niger Delta region.
Whether previous governments are to blame for allowing foreign oil companies to literally rape and pillage our land, or whether we should lay the blame firmly at the door of the foreign oil companies, one fact remains –
It Should Never Have Got This Bad In The First Place!!!
Why did it get so bad?
The answer is simple
Lust for money
To be perfectly frank my concern lies not in who’s to blame, but in the state of human nature – our mindsets – what we’re all willing to do for the sake of a few million dollars.
Now let’s bring this home.
Yep. That’s right – bringing this to your front door – and mine.
My dear friend Lanre explained something to me this morning.
“When you allow your mood and emotions to be determined by the amount you have in your bank account you are allowing mammon to be your God. But when you remain faithful, grateful, and trusting in God no matter what, then you are walking in the spirit and not the flesh; thereby allowing the Almighty and living God to be your God.”
Pause for thought anyone????
So what to do?
I’m not saying we should all just sit at home and not face up to our financial commitments.
After-all we’ve got to eat; and so do the kids.
But who are you going to allow to be your God?
Who will determine your moods?
Who or what will you place your faith in?
On whom or what will you place your worth?
Once again, I have to ask this question.
Is It All About Earth?????
Is the reason you fast, pray, and go to church because you want God to bless you with “loadsa money”?
Ok..next time you go to church, listen out for the reason behind the loudest Amen.
I’m referring to ALL of us now.
It seems to me that we all need to be very honest with ourselves in order to make a decision.
Are we in this for ourselves?
Are we in this for God?
Do we prefer ‘loadsa money’ on earth – at any cost?
Do we do things properly – with love, and humility, in the knowledge that our real home – our real life – is in heaven.
Before I ask the next two questions I want to emphasise once more that I am talking about ALL of us – myself included.
When we spring to our feet during church services as the pastor makes a powerful prayer / declaration about money and success;
Are we praying to God?
As a result of our desperation for wealth, possibly paying homage to mammon?????