Dear Christian brothers and sisters,

There’s something we need to discuss.

It’s the double-face we now flamboyantly wear. Perhaps, you may have seen the now famous Emmanuella’s ‘this is not my real face’ comedy. Well, most of us tagged Christians have been comfortable parading a real and an unreal face.

Unfortunately, it’s the unreal face we go to Church with. All colourfully and gaily dressed at churchy gatherings…lifting ‘holy’ hands, ‘receiving’ prophetic pronouncements and ‘turning to neighbours’ declaring all sorts, beaming with smiles radiating from that ‘unreal’ face. Unreal because we are only trying to conform and form ‘Christian.’

Out of Church, comes the real face — the real you. Here, we do away with the Christ-like lifestyle, thereby, conforming to happenings around us. No pastor is watching, no brethren to turn to, and a state of ‘no padi for jungle’ or more like a state of OYO (On Your Own).

Who are we? Christians? Christ-like?

A writer whose writings I may not always agree with wrote something that has since stuck with me. Dr. Femi Aribisala in one of his gospel pieces titled “Love break the rules” included a rider statement “A true believer only does things because it is the love thing to do.” The statement has become a sort of mantra for me.

As Christians, I feel there is no better way for us to live and influence lives than to do things because they are the love thing to do. Thereby, living with only one real face — both inside and outside Christian gatherings. If not doing things because it is the love thing to do, how else do you think we will be able to heed this instruction: “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good deeds and moral excellence, and [recognize and honor and] glorify your Father who is in heaven (Matthew 5: 16, Amplified).”

Christ summarised every other form of commandments and gave us this: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is like it, You shall love your neighbour as yourself [that is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for others] (Matthew 22: 37–39, Amplified).” Apostle Paul enunciates the concept of love for us in I Corinthians 13.

How well do we abide by this commandment?

This is not a judgemental piece. It is one calling for a moment of sober reflection and self-evaluation of our lives as Christians.

How much do we LOVE God and our neighbours?

Disclaimer: The author of this piece is not yet a saint!

Like what you read? Give Adebowale Ojo a round of applause.

From a quick cheer to a standing ovation, clap to show how much you enjoyed this story.