The National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF) wrote a letter to Nigerian Christians recently and stated clearly, “Christians in Nigeria do not fully appreciate their precarious political situation”.
Most Christians are of the opinion that because they would not kill, maim, destroy and devastate to defend and expand their religion, other people too, would not. Most Christians wrongfully ascribe the virtues and values of Christianity to Muslims believing that since Christians do not wish anyone evil, on account of his faith, people of other faith would reciprocate and would not wish Christians evil. This line of thought is a naive and ignorant assumption. History and contemporary events clearly controverts this line of thinking.
The evidence is overwhelming that Islamists have determined to turn Nigeria into an Islamic theocratic state and to achieve that objective Christianity has to be wiped out. According to a 158 page report by Anne Mulder, over 13,000 Churches have been destroyed and abandoned in northern Nigeria as a result of Islamic insurgency. Worldwide, over 60% of Christians killed for the Christian faith are Nigerian Christians killed in Nigeria.
The options before the Nigerian Christians are twofold:
1. Continue to assume that all is well, when physically, politically and militarily, Christianity in Nigeria is being emasculated. The Islamists in Nigeria have become impudent, reckless and daring. They break the law with impunity and make unreasonable demands with threats and intimidation.
2. The other option is for Christians to unite and put structures in place to defend Christianity, and in the process, defend and protect their lives, families, businesses, communities, and above all, the Christian faith.
To be able to present a common front, Christians have no option but to make Christian Association of Nigeria strong, viable and effective. Today, CAN is under a lot of pressure because the Islamists are working within and outside the Church to dismantle CAN. They know that the moment CAN is dismantled Christianity can no longer defend itself. Therefore, Christians have to stop this unchristian attitude of throwing stones into their house. You are under attack; do not weaken your fortress.
The first step is to fund CAN. The central body of Christianity is poorly funded and unable to effectively perform its role of defending Christianity. We are all obliged, as followers of Jesus Christ, to stand in defence of the Christian faith.
The CAN Trust Fund was approved by the National Executive Committee of CAN on 9th July, 2014 in Makurdi, Benue state. The objective is to raise contributions from individual Christians to support CAN so that it can effectively perform its role of defending the Church. While the standard contribution is N500 monthly, Christians are at liberty to donate more or less.
To be fore warned is to be fore armed.
Prov. 22: 3 - A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.
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