By Ilesanmi Faith
Personally, I think it’s a right thing to do at this critical period.
“Critical” in this sense – most of the skirmishes, conflicts, wars and racial/ethnic profiling we are experiencing today have some elements of religious undertones. In fact, religious practices/ differences are fueling a lot of domestic and global issues.
Let’s start from Nigeria, it’s no longer a news that political offices are sensitive to religious affiliation, and this applies in many African countries as well. As a matter of fact, religion is the opium of the African continent.
By implication, religious affiliation influence a large portion of our decisions.
Now, the role of religious leaders cannot be overemphasized. Examples are Yusuf, the founder of Boko Haram; late Osama bin Ladin, the backbone of Al-Quada network; the Taliban in Afghanistan, etc.
Not forgetting that the Papacy commands influence in every nooks and crannies of the world. Same can be found in the Islamic world.
Now, the United Nation’s purpose of existence are:
- To keep peace throughout the world;
- To develop friendly relations among nations;
- To help nations work together to improve the lives of poor people, to conquer hunger, disease and illiteracy, and to encourage respect for each other’s rights and freedoms;
- To be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations to achieve these goals
At this juncture, one could say that the meeting of the world religious leaders under the auspices of the UN is justified.
Before I attempt your questions, it is important to clarify whether the meeting was a call for “one world religion”.
There are perspectives to this too, but as much as I want peace to reign among religions in the world, there are two great flaws it could pose to Christianity
Two grave flaws are:
- Opposition to Christian orthodoxy and Christian evangelism, and
- The support for religious syncretism.
Now, Baba Adeboye and other international men of God are important in this discuss of “one world religion” because their members are also being affected by the prejudices going on around the world.
On this ground, I will attempt your questions.
First question – Is Baba Adeboye getting involve in the one world religion?
Yes, baba Adeboye is involved.
Like I always say, “know the world, but don’t be a part of it.”
It’s left with Baba Adeboye and other MOGs to determine whether to be a part of this “world order” or not
Question 2: What would Jesus have done if on earth?
I can’t tell. But, Jesus instruct us to love our neighbors. If we are not at peace with our neighbors, we cannot preach the gospel to “Samaria” and “every other parts of the world”
But, there are exceptions. Apostle encouraged us never to be a part of the unfruitful world of the darkness but we should rather expose them.
This is left to our MOGs.
Question 3: Did Jesus promise peace in this world?
“Love covereth all sins.”
Until Jesus returns, peace of the world is relative. Jesus knew this too and He warned us about it.
Yet, Jesus thought us about love.
My summary is, Jesus wants us to ‘preserve peace’ as much as possible. This could involve seating with the “unbelievers”, but we must be watchful.
Also, the community of Christian are greatly affected by persecution, it won’t be ideal if our MOGs boycott a meeting that was meant to address such issue.
But, we must watch and pray for we knoweth not the hour when our Lord shall be revealed.