A Wolve and Lamb Story!
A friend recently tagged me on a Facebook post about a lady who opened an account with a bank and invested 5 Million Naira (Nigerian Currency). I heard she lost her job, and wanted to get her money from the bank only for the doors to be closed. I learned the bank was audited sometime in December of 2016 and after that their doors were closed. She invested and lost 5million naira to Suisse Micro Finance Bank, in Lagos Nigeria, but what caught me was that this bank was owned and operated by a Global Church Ministry.
Honestly, I am sick and tired of these pyramid schemes that are associated with the church and sad for the victims. I heard so many low-income families lost all their monies. From an outsider’s perspective, it looks like the church has failed its members yet again. A bank owned by a church should not be at the center of a fraud or Ponzi scheme. I also learnt the leaders of the bank are top leaders in the Global Ministry. What do we really preach about on Sunday mornings if as Christians we don’t show integrity in the way we do business? Because of this unethical practice, a lot of non-Christians are skeptical of doing business with Christians because of this integrity issue. How many more fraudulent schemes will be tagged with the church before we say enough is enough?
This would not even have been on a face book post if the church organization agreed to settle or plan a strategy of repaying these victims. This is an issue because they have become silence about it. I am fed up of hearing of stories and I think we need to clean up this mess and restore the church’s reputation. Yes, I know the church is not perfect but things like this should not be mentioned. Some Christians will hear this and not be bordered. We should be concerned for our neighbor and help ensure that Justice is served. I am looking forward to a day where justice will flow like a river and righteousness like a mighty stream (Amos 5:24).
I believe the time has come for the church to hear the truth. To keep silence is a sign of betrayal. Our voices need to be raised loud and clear on issues like this.
I have a deep concern for the church in Africa. I am not condemning anybody but if you know you are running a financial institution and don’t have core values and things you stand for, which number one should be integrity then you have no business running a financial institution. My heart desire is for things to be done rightly. We hear case after case of misappropriation of funds by Christians and church leaders, Christians participating in Ponzi schemes and calling it miracle money. Church leaders open banks, make members their customers, petty traders, market women, and sell ridiculous interest rates to them. The members themselves are gullible, don’t do their research and due diligence, they just trust blindly because it’s a church leader. Hopefully, this will teach y’all a lesson to always do your due diligence before investing your money.
As a Christian, I feel a responsibility to speak up when I feel people are treated unfairly and unjustly. Most people are afraid to speak up because of fear of speaking up against the “Lord’s Anointed”. We ought to bow our heads and weep wearing sac clothes. The church is called to wipe away the tears from the eyes of the people and not be the cause of them crying and in pain. I am told so many members are victims and have lost a lot of their money to this Micro Finance bank. So where is the money? Why can we not account for it? So far we have not heard anything from the president of this ministry. Mr. President, why have you decided to turn deaf ears to the cries of these people? Representative Silvio O. Conte once said “the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in a period of moral crisis maintain their neutrality. There comes a time when silence is betrayal. It’s time to take up your cross and bear it for truth and justice because truthfully you shall reap what you sow.