There are many pastors with private jets in the world today. Which means that Christendom is blessed with enough flying vehicles to take succor to those parts of the world that really need food and medical assistance during this corona virus pandemic.
There is hardly any country in the world today where Christianity is being practiced that does not have at least one pastor with a private jet.
Even here in Nigeria we have Nigerian pastors with private jets. Pastors who are so rich that if not for the charity status of religion would qualify to be on the list of the richest people in the world.
We have always frowned at their worldly possessions. We have always felt their love for material vanity is an unnecessary slight on the image of the church. We have always felt that these pastors should be put in the same category with politicians and gangsters because of their love for money and power.
But since the arrival of corona virus, many of us have being having a rethink because we are seeing for the first time a potential rebooth for the image of the church and a a genuine use of all these private jets own by pastors.
Many of the American pastors with private jets claim the need for the flying vehicles is so that they can take the word of God to every corner of the earth with ease. Personally, I believe the word of God can also be translated to other forms of material value like food, cash and medical necessities in a world like today, where we are having a disease that these pastors obviously can’t cure by miracle and healing.
This is an opportunity for the church to use these Private jets as vehicles transporting relief materials to every country that needs it. This is the time to use generosity as a tool of spreading the gospel of Christ.
The world is in need of ventilators, medical practitioners and food. Especially in poor communities in third world countries that lack the power to sustain themselves even before a general menace like the corona virus took control of the world’s narrative.
This people need physical help and by helping them through these trying times. The church can indirectly sow a seed of hope so connected to Christ that many after this pandemic would seek out Jesus. If for nothing else, for the continuation of hope and sustain that was provided for them in his name.
A lot of these poor communities and people will remain poor long after this pandemic is rightfully abandoned in the past. These communities would need a source of both physical and spiritual assistance, long after these dark times. And because it was these pastors with private jets that brought them hope in a trying time, they would be grateful to the church. And there is no better form of evangelism than this.
I have always believed that the best way to win souls for the church is to better their physical conditions. To help them out of poverty, both the physical and mental poverty. To make sure that their material existence is not so bad, that they are tempted to engage in morally demeaning activities.
I have seen very malnourished persons of the world given the Bible instead of a plate of food. I have seen these images and I have been angered beyond measure because I know the Bible should come into the picture only when a man is no longer physically hungry. An hungry man would be thinking of food instead of reading the Bible. Because at that point hunger is the strongest signal, so hard to ignore.
Give the man food and teach the man how to get more food and tie that act of generosity to the church and to Jesus Christ and you would have gained a lasting trust. There is time for everything and I believe the time has come for the church and pastors with private jets to start going round the world spreading the love of Christ by helping humanity cope with this pandemic.
I think Jesus Christ would have done the same. Or have we forgotten how his ministry on earth was hinged on helping the people? Have we forgotten that the Lord Jesus Christ went about doing good? The same goodness that is expected from the church. Any reasonable human being will not try to shame religion for its inability to heal the world of corona virus. But every sane human being should be expectant of divine help form this quarter, in form of material assistance to the world.
Let us go back to the bible and maybe this would help some Nigerian Christians who can help either directly or through their various churches, do the needful. We would be talking a bit about the miracles of Jesus that apply to the current world situation.
In (John 2:1-11) we are told of how the Lord Jesus turned water into wine after the request was made by his mother. Going by this example we see the messiah help prevent a marriage from failing in it’s duty to fully entertain its guests.
The same gesture is currently needed from the church. To help the government of the world fulfill its duty of protecting its citizen by assisting with whatever the church can gather during this period.
And in my own humble opinion, Churches can task their members to donate to this course. Rather than the annoying request of most churches who are still obsessed with tithes and offerings. Churches that are still in the business of collecting instead of giving out. After all it is written that “blessed is the hand that giveth than the hand that taketh”. And that is the role we are expecting churches to play during this pandemic.
We are again told of how Jesus fed over 5,000 people in (Matthew 14:15-21).
“And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals.
But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.
He said, Bring them hither to me. And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.
And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full. And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.”
And this is what is expected from these pastors with private jets. To gather funds through church contributions and jet all over the world spreading the love of Christ just like he would have.
The reason they bought these expensive flying vehicles (according to their claims) was so that they could take the gospel of Christ to the people of the world. And now is the perfect time. Now is the time to show us all (the doubting Thomas in the church) that truly, it was all for the people.
The body of Christ needs help and already we are seeing reasonable pastors take the initiative. We have seen Churches in Nigerian provide ventilators and fully equip news hospital wings with all the necessary equipments to help contain the virus.
We have seen Churches share foods, cash, face masks and hand sanitizers just to name a few. And it is to the glorification of the Lord Jesus here on earth.
Are you a pastor? It doesn’t matter if you have a private jet or not. But if you have been blessed with the grace to have a congregation then this is the time to appeal to their conscience. Tell them of the need to share the love of Christ to poor households during this lock down. Tell them that the body of Christ stands to gain more from the expression of generosity by Christians in a scary time like this, that we are all going through.
And this appeal is not only during this pandemic. It should be a way of life. It should become an automatic response whenever we see suffering, lack and poverty around us. Be it in side the church or outside.