IT IS FOOLISHNESS TO BE ASHAMED OF WHAT IS PROFITABLE…
IF NOT FOR CHRISTIANITY MANY INSULTING THE CHURCH WOULD HAVE BEEN SACRIFICED TO THE gODS.
– Ojo Stephen Gbadegesin
Someone posted a rather strange video yesterday. It’s about the burial ceremony of Aku Uka, the King of Wukari and the Paramount ruler of Jukum Kingdom.
His corpse was sitted on a horse strapped to the back of a Young Man who is expected to escort the king to the great beyond, in the supposed land of his ancestors.
It was explained that the enthusiastic crowd of thousands of young men, all half naked who excitedly followed the procession will stop somewhere, and only the young man with the corpse on the horse will proceed to the final place!
I read many comments, all condemning the act, as being extremely barbaric for this 21st century. Someone opined that the family of the young man will be settled with 5million naira, which was immediately refuted by the indigenes of the kingdom.
According to them, the young man was a palace servant, and so understand the tradition, and deserve no compensation.
I tried to look up for comments and posts of the indigenes, and what I saw shocked me. They are happy with their tradition! They even wondered what is the business of those criticising them.
This taught me few lessons. Christianity is a tribe! Outsiders don’t understand us! There are many of our practices outsiders find offensive!
The scriptures say the way of the Cross is offensive to strangers. That’s why the social media is full of bashing of church leaders, practice and lifestyle. They just don’t understand us.
As this Jukum Kingdom practice looks so repulsive! The people are very happy, excited and feel proud of it!
Why are we then ashame of the Cross of Christ! If this people can preserve this kind of practice, in the face of civilization, then, we can’t allow civilization to rob the church of her core values.
We can’t subject the church to social media dictates. Truth is Truth, and it’s constant. If these people are not ashamed, then, we who hold a noble trust, must not be ashamed!
If someone can still volunteer to die for the sake of the kingdom, something of no eternal value! There’s no sacrifice that’s too big for the sake of Christ! As I watched that video, I appreciate the coming of Christianity to Africa!
Many of those insulting the church on social media would have been sacrificed to the gods!!! Christianity has stopped thousands of these terrible practices, and will still stop the rest with time.
Thank God for the coming of Christianity to Africa. Thank God for the missionaries who paid the supreme price to bring us light! May this light continue to shine on the darkness of this world in Jesus name.