Like never before, our spiritual and moral convictions are being challenged by forces within and outside. We were forewarned about 2 millenniums ago. In his missive to the Corinthians, Paul wrote “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.”
The question is; at what point do you tell someone “Be on your guard”? Isn’t when there is perceived threat? The message of Christ has been under incessant attack since the time Christ Jesus stepped into earth as a man, understandably because His views were fundamentally different from predominant ‘worldviews’. All He was teaching were alien in the sight of the culture of his days.
Africa as a continent is in dire need of courageous men and women. The age long spiritual and political hegemony that is unrepentantly keeping Africa in perpetual state of poverty must be challenged. Only men of courage will dare to selflessly challenge this status quo.
In the words of C.S. Lewis,
“courage is not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means at the point of highest reality.”
We must haul ourselves up by our bootstraps and rebuild the African continent. So from now, we must start disregarding all voices of lies saying “it cannot be done” and we must begin to esteem the ‘small still voice’ of God’s Spirit bidding us that “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.”
I wish there were alternatives to courage. However, the only substitute to courage is courage. Not much can be achieved without it.
By: ‘PELUMI ADIV Pelumi-Folarin