#TheNigeriaWeWant: A Letter to a Social Activist

Dear Sir,

I hope this letter meets you well.

I followed the discussion on Twitter on #TheNigeriaWeWant with keen interest and I must appreciate the courage, vision, and passion for this our great country Nigeria. May God Almighty strengthen you to fulfill this task.

I believe in this change. I believe it is time for things to change. I believe that lasting change can only come from within the individual (and in context, from within the particular society that requires/desires the change).

I know about you sir and I am told you are Christian. I have seen a few things you have written and it appears you are quite knowledgeable about God’s Word. Based on these critical assumptions, I have a few things to say and I crave your kind indulgence to be patient and read.

If this movement is to succeed, it MUST of necessity be birthed in the Spirit. If this vision is to have long lasting impact (beyond our generation and even those of our children), it MUST again of necessity be birthed in the Spirit. One could feel the excitement on Twitter. The people are hungry for change. For decades now, they have known nothing good about this nation. So, they will follow you. You have a voice, you have the words, you can motivate them, and they will respond to you. They will respond because what you would be saying would appeal to a yearning inside of them; desire on the brink of fulfillment is what it . Things would start, things would even begin to change; but for how long?

If this movement is a man trying to fulfill a vision in his head/heart of a future reality for his nation, then it will be like the story that Gamaliel told the members of the council in Jerusalem in Acts 5 vs. 34-39. I like his last words on this issue… “… but if it is of God, you cannot overthrow it…”. The truth is that God does not do the will of man. God only fulfills His own counsel and will on the earth. He has placed us here to enforce divine rule upon a corrupt world. When we align our desires/visions/aspirations with what He wants to do, then we can through His power bring about change relevant to the people and society.

A spiritual movement is only birthed by a few people who understand the workings of God. As you know, God does not need too many people to do what He wants to do. The result could be an uprising for change, a powerful social movement that would have sweeping effects. The hallmark, would be that it would endure. Beyond you, beyond me, beyond the instruments that God used to bring it about (ref. Christianity). Painful to note is that nothing may come out of it, primarily because the people are not ready for it, and would abuse it if given to them (these are part of my frustrations with God in this whole Nigeria thing). God will not be willing to change things for a people who are unwilling to repent. Also, social movements historically result in social change, and not in repentance (which brings about enduring change). Some people will be quick to say , “we are tired of praying; it is time for action”. I tend to agree (funnily though). Question is, who are the people praying? What exactly are they praying? How clean are their hands and hearts? Critical questions for a spiritual revolution.

I write to you as one who is wise and discerning and in whom the Spirit of the Sovereign God is. If the people will follow you, then you follow God. Give them His agenda, not yours. Bring them to true change that starts with a change of heart. Morality alone cannot unravel this morass.

As one fellow servant to another…

God bless.