My dearest Tomi,
I hope you’ve been great. Been a while since I last saw you. Your replies have been very heart warming. You certainly are right, relationships are definitely overrated and the virtue of patience, down played. I think most of it stems from the false romantic fairy tales Hollywood keeps selling to us. The situation is further compounded as people emotionally launch out prematurely. I believe a degree of emotional independence (among other things) has to be achieved before one should venture into such commitment. Albeit, we are all learning to live.
In your last letter, you detailed a rather unfortunate occurrence that got you disappointed and angry. A very heart-wrenching news. It made rounds on the internet and his actions were absolutely inexcusable. To think that he would blatantly stand in front of his congregation and say it was none of their business was just out rightly irresponsible. Silence of his infidelity would have been preferred or golden even. This pastor’s extra-marital affair is saddening.
However, here’s what I need you to consider, you shouldn’t be discouraged about this mishap, because Jesus gave you salvation not the pastor. We learn from them, we submit to them, we acknowledge and honour them, but just as Paul told the people of Lystra, when they tried to exalt him as a god, they are men of ‘like passions’. Meaning, they are plagued with the very [...]
My dearest Tomi,
I’m very delighted to hear that my last letter is beginning to help redefine your perspective on love. I trust that you’ve been good. I thought I should share some thoughts on what our evangelicals constantly harp about. Some preachers, it seems, over emphasise it, and others under emphasise it. How come we keep threatening people with fervent heat when Jesus kept telling us that ‘your sins are forgiven’?
Ever wondered what sin really is? Is it just not drinking? Or not fornicating? Or not stealing? Or not killing? Or not lying? Is it any of these? All of these? None of these? Could ‘morality’ be all there is to living rightly? The main words used in Hebrew that have been translated to mean sin are majorly ‘chata’, ‘pesha’ and ‘avon’. The Greek word translated to mean sin in the New Testament is ‘hamartia’. The Hebrew and Greek words ‘chata’ and ‘hamartia’ respectively, connote the same meaning, which is to ‘miss the mark’. It conveys the picture of an archer who shoots an arrow but doesn’t get the bullseye. While, the Hebrew words ‘pesha’ and ‘avon’ basically infer a trespassing. Doing what you’re not supposed to be doing or being where you’re not supposed to be.
My dearest Tomi,
I imagine you must have been anticipating this letter. I hope you didn’t have to lose any sleep over it though, I trust you to take good care of your body. This is the only physical asset God has entrusted in your care which gives you license to carry out your assignment on earth. You of all people should understand its gravity.
I’m impressed with the homework you did on the subject of love. You did well to mention some of its qualities: love is kind, patient, long suffering, takes no record of wrong etc. However, what I want you to understand is Love Himself before you mention His qualities. Here’s what I mean, it’s only when someone has identified the gate to our house before they can start mentioning its qualities like it being black and having vertical bars. The qualities only serve to substantiate and verify Love’s identity, but if you miss who Love is and start searching/finding these qualities somewhere else, you’ll more than likely end up with a copy cat.
Firstly, I need you to understand and remember who we are and whose we are: we are kingdom and we are God’s children. Every believer of this Truth most first and foremost realize that God is the source of all meaning and purpose; He gives relevance to all that we see and know. I need [...]
My dearest Tomi,
I’m so glad you took to heart my lesson on teach-ability. I trust school is treating you well. Do feel free to let me know of whatever challenges you’re facing, there are always better ways to overcome them. I know school isn’t perfect, but it’s the best institution we humans could come up with to train our kids to live in the sophisticated world we claim to have built for them. It makes one wonder why Adam and Eve chose to eat that sour cherry our people call ‘abgalimo’.
I noticed the questions you asked in your last email were shying away from the phenomenon that most know nothing about, but all seem to be giving opinions on. Hollywood makes a fantasy about it; the promise of a happily ever after from the ingestion of butterflies. I imagine that our bellies must be so big from digesting lies, for it to allow enough room for their wings to flutter without being burned by the stomach temperature and acidic content. This is why I think it’s been so difficult for us to conceive the Truth because we’re constantly being impregnated by falsehood. However, for this peculiar situation, abortion is permitted, perhaps, recommended even.
To the natural man, love is an elusive concept. Our scholars teach us that it is an abstract reality; it cannot be seen, felt or touched. Our philosophers, poets and musicians preach that it consumes us and makes us not want to [...]
I’ve seen a great divorce in our churches all of which most certainly stems from the plaguing conditions of our hearts. For the church isn’t the building but the individual; the church is us. The funny thing is that each side of the break up thinks they’re right and deserve independence. Oddly enough, that’s true, the people are just too limited in perspective to understand how.
One party says we should work for God and forget all else. They’re quite consistent in their duties, which I must say is very remarkable, and they keep at whatever instructions they’ve been given. They come to the sanctuary on time. Do whatever they have to do and leave when they’re done. They are quite mechanical and approach their assignments with a rote mindset. They pester you to be a ‘worker’ and continually remind you how you’re ‘backsliding’ if you aren’t doing so.
The second party says we should love God and forget all else. They’re quite intimate in their approach to God which I must say is very adorable. They tell you how they just love God and can’t do without Him. They mention how He speaks to them and overwhelms them with His manifest presence. Reminding you of the warmth of God’s love like a blanket in the harmattan. They point out how they like their solace and constantly enjoy God, but can’t be running up and down. What they prefer to [...]