The love Ghanaians have for religion is not a small one. It permeates every facet of our lives and influences everything we do.
That love is extended to pastors, many of whom can do no wrong in the eyes of their congregants. Mensa Otabil accused of misappropriating billions? No problem to his congregation. Obinim steps on the stomach of a pregnant woman? No problem to his congregation.
Pastors thus wield an unseemly amount of influence over the lives of most people in the country, a status quo that actress Leila Djansi is calling on to change.
According to Leila, any church where the pastor is placed in a fancy seat whilst the congregation sit in ‘normal’ seats is not a good church to attend.
Djansi had many other reasons people should look out for in ‘bad’ churches, including how rich and poor people are treated and the amount of properties owned by the pastor.
“Don’t attend a church where the pastor’s chair is different from the members own and kingly. He’s not your king! Christ is.
Don’t attend a church where members go to the pastor’s house to cook and clean and raise his children. That’s not what you were called to do. You are called to be Christ Ambassadors, not Pastor’s pawns.
Don’t attend a church that has no accountability. You must ask and see the books anytime. It’s your duty to the sacrifice of Christ to hold your leaders accountable.
Don’t attend a church that’s always in the middle of a building project! God does not reside in temples. He’s in your heart. Build your heart for him!
Don’t attend a church that does not have a weekly outreach for the poor and needy in society. WEEKLY. You can’t have more revivals than outreach! Soup kitchens for the homeless, back to school bags for the students, job placement fairs for graduates, hospital and prison fellowship/visits, widows and orphans welfare programs.
Don’t attend a church where thrice a month, the sermon is about financial prosperity. God said not to worry about those things. The birds and flowers don’t, but they’re clothed and fed daily!
Don’t attend a church where women are coerced into being lesser than men. Jesus dragged Martha out of the kitchen to STUDY at his feet. Jesus likes smart women, ok.
Don’t attend a church where the pastor has more than 3 cars. Is he a car dealer?
Don’t attend a church where a poor member cannot chair the harvest committee or host a church event. The church is not only for the rich and influential.
Don’t attend a church where rich people do not show up to sweep and clean, where men do not come to sweep and clean the chapel for service. Women are more than hewers of wood and fetchers of water.
Finally, know and understand the God in whom you have believed, so you are not misled!
Remember, quoting the bible doesn’t make you an ambassador for Christ. Just as visiting Dubai and bragging about it doesn’t make its president your friend.
#ChurchToo #BelieveVictims #NomeansNo Stop standing with rapists until they are proven innocent.”