Are they really seeking Jesus?

 I am inspired to put on my preachers cap again given some happenings which border on insanity that has occurred.

The reported shootings, one of them by an alleged chief who callously shot and killed a military man without any provocation at the vicinity of Millenium City Police station near Kasoa and an incident near Trasacco where two policemen were also shot to death by unknown as­sailants on motorbike also without any provocation.

On Sunday, you hear a lot of gospel songs on radio, you see videos on TV and you hear the word of God being preached and you see people neatly dressed standing by the roadside waiting for vehi­cles to go to church. This is not surprising given the census figures which clear­ly indicate that Christians make up about 70 percent of the population.

Given this situation, it would be taken for grant­ed that issues of morality would be nothing to worry about in the Ghanaian soci­ety. The reality is not the case and therefore one be­gins to wonder what these people who go to church Sunday after Sunday, not to mention the week day services, really go to learn?

In the gospel according to John Chapter 12 verse 20 and 21, there is a lesson there worth taking note of. If you read from the beginning of the chapter, it gives a narration of the happenings at a time in the ministry of Jesus shortly before the Jewish Passover and his return to Bethany, a town he had raised a friend of his called Lazarus who had died for four days back to life.

The next day when people heard that he was coming into Jerusalem they went to meet him just like what happens these days where Christians hear of a miracle performing prophet and they rush to him for solutions to their problem.

Obviously, this phe­nomenon of chasing after miracles did not start today. It existed way back in the days of Jesus. A person with such a miracle seeking mindset will not go to church to listen to God’s word for life trans­formation but will be in church to only chase after miracles.

The legitimate ques­tion to ask those who flock to church auditoriums on Sundays is what do you go to church to seek? If the church attendance is anything to go by, then we should expect a compar­ative improvement in the moral fibre of the nation across the whole spectrum of society, if the people really went to seek Jesus.

In John 12: 21 the Bible says “The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him saying, Sir, we would see Jesus.” The verse 22 describes this group of people as Greeks who had come to worship at the Passover feast.

They obviously were there with their focus on seeking Jesus, not for mir­acles but to have a deeper interaction with him so their lives can be impact­ed by his teachings first before any other consider­ations.

People these days are in church only chasing after miracles. All they are interested in is “hye me nkom” i.e. prophesy unto me. Others too are chas­ing after ladies and some ladies have also come to church hoping to hook a potential husband.

There is nothing wrong with looking for a wife or a husband but the focus should not be that when coming to church. The Bible advises that we seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness and then God will add whatev­er we need freely to us.

If the masses who fill the church auditoriums really go to seek Jesus as some Greeks did in the days of Jesus, I am sure the population in our pris­ons would have reduced, corruption would not be a topical issue anymore and crime in general would have reduced.

By Laud Kissi-Mensah

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