Who does call a man (2)?, by Pastor Sunday Adelaja
“A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies. … A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth. With righteous indignation, it will look across the seas and see individual capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa, and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the countries, and say: “This is not just.” It will look at our alliance with the landed gentry of South America and say, “This is not just.” The Western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn from them is not just.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.
My dear readers, is your society getting to that place? Can you hear the clarion call from heaven, telling you to arise and be the man God is looking for?
6. At the height of God’s disillusionment though, is the fact that “… He saw that there was no man” how come there are millions of people in a country, billions of people in the world and God says there is no man.
Friends are you a man according to Gods definition? Have you ever placed yourself under God’s microscopic eyes? Have you examined yourself according to his standards of judgment? Does he call you a man? Is he satisfied with you or could it be God looks at you and fails to see a man, only a bunch of flesh? Full of self, and missing out on the purpose for his or her creation. What does God see, think and feel when he looks at you? “… He saw that there was no man”
Ladies and gentlemen, have you ever thought about what could be Gods heartbeat? What gets him excited? What frustrates him? Today we are examining one of the major points of frustrations for God. Often we tend to think that God doesn’t struggle with mundane things like frustrations and anger, but here he comes out plain to us, that one of his major points of frustrations is WHEN THERE IS NO MAN.
When men and women who God created to make a difference in the world abandon their mandate for their life and instead begin to pursue all nonentities of life, God cannot but be frustrated. Each and every one of us was created to carry out justice, judgment, truth and equity on the earth. It could be in different spheres of life, in various professions or in diverse gifting. But the mandate is clear, his nature must be reflected on the earth. If he is a God of justice, people must see his justice on earth. If he is a God of sound judgment, that sound mind must be revealed in people who identify themselves with him on daily basis. If God is truth, that truth must reign supreme on the earth even as he reigns over the universe. If fairness, impartiality, equity, are his essence, that should become dominant in any society.
“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” ― Robert F. Kennedy
If these things are not ruling and reigning in a community, it means he is not there. It doesn’t matter that we claim to belong to him, it doesn’t actually matter what we claim, if it is not been reflected, if his nature is not been manifested, let’s face it friends, He is not there. If we claim to know Him, let’s reveal Him. If we say we are his servants let’s carry Him.
“As long as there is one person suffering an injustice; as long as one person is forced to bear an unnecessary sorrow; as long as one person is subject to an undeserved pain, the worship of a God is a demoralizing humiliation.
As long as there is one mistake in the universe; as long as one wrong is permitted to exist; as long as there is hatred and antagonism among mankind, the existence of a God is a moral impossibility.
Ingersoll said: ‘Injustice upon earth renders the justice of heaven impossible.” ― Joseph Lewis.
I think it should begin to become easier to understand God’s frustration at man “… and he saw that there was no man” I can only imagine how frustrating that could be. After spending all of his resources to create all of us, not just one or two people, but in millions and billions and yet, not to find anyone stand tall when you most need him. Yea, you can’t say there is a man when there is no man.
Is any one of us reading this, asking himself the question how he could get himself back to the heartbeat of God? Is anyone asking what he or she could do, to begin to carry the concerns of God? Is anyone seeking to please the master again? Can I hear anyone crying out saying, tell me what to do. What can I do? I must see a change in myself and in my community.
Are you now taking a decision, making plans strategizing, to begin to proclaim and establish justice in your world? Can you see the pictures before you on how to intervene on behalf of the oppressed, are you thinking of what to do to the disenfranchised of your society? Do you notice the abused of your society? Can you see the afflicted that are crying for that justice every day? What of those who are been maltreated on daily basis, do you think they need that justice? Did you see any of those who are downtrodden, would that justice help them? Anyone oppressed and suppressed around you, can you serve them justice?
Ladies and gentlemen, lack of sound mind and judgment – the ability to make considered decisions or come to sensible conclusions, is a matter of frustration and disillusionment to God. If God is saying he doesn’t have men to pursue and establish these, are you not thinking that He is referring to you? Is it not clear now that he is not just addressing the preachers? Can’t you hear his voice that he is obviously talking to you to do something about it?
Can you start a movement in your land that will encourage men and women to begin to think, to begin to make sound judgment and informed decisions? Will you bring illumination to your people? Will you facilitate understanding amidst those whom you live with? The earth is crying for people who make sound judgment and informed decisions.
If God is so concerned about the state of truth in any society, I think that should begin to concern us as well. When was the last time your heart was troubled that truth is been ridiculed where you live? Are you sure you are not one of those who simply close their eyes and turn in the other direction just to avoid experiencing the horrible truth of our world?
Everyone of us can do something about the truth. You can at least stand for the truth wherever you are. You can refuse to compromise the truth. Of course you can tell the truth. Truth could be proclaimed. Truth could be defended. Truth could be protected. There are so many responses to the truth that would please the heart of our master. Heaven awaits only your decision.
When God speaks about equity, that choice of word, makes us understand that God is not referring to the leaders of the land or the elite this time around. He is actually talking about how ordinary citizens of the land relate to each other in fairness and impartiality. What do you think about your area, is it a common thing for ordinary citizens to relate to each other in fairness and impartiality? Can you do anything about it? Of course you can.
What about starting an NGO?What about launching a campaign? What about joining a pressure group? What about teaching this in schools, colleges, tertiary institutions? I want to believe that you are hearing the voice of conscience right now, calling you to arise and become the man God is looking for.
When God says he doesn’t see a man, I think the logical question would be to ask, what then does he see?
In my thinking, I believe the word that best describes what God sees in the absence of a man is a bunch of flesh – biological masses. There is a word that might best fit the description of what God sees when he looks at the earth, the word is BIOMASS or BIOMASSES.
Biomasses are a biological reality that cannot be denied as existing, but even though they exist physically, yet they have not attained the height of Homo sapiens. Humans could be termed as biomasses when they don’t fully put into use their human qualifications. Men and women that don’t bother to think. Men and women that don’t bother to notice things that are out of order.People who are indifferent about the happenings around them. Men and women that don’t respond with solution to the challenges of the era. All of these people are united by one common name BIOMASSES.
Even God does not call every human a man. There are some who have not manage to attain the height of those who God refers to as men. They might be giving birth, eating and drinking, having fun, but yet, when they don’t live for what they were created for, they remain biomasses.
It is not enough to have a body to be qualified as a man. Animals too have bodies and we don’t call them man for some reasons – they don’t qualify. So such is man, such is human, who might not be qualified because he has not attained the height where he sees realities as God wants him to see it. Animals give birth to children, so that alone is not an argument strong enough to make a human a man. Otherwise goats, dogs and pigs could beat us to the game, because they could do in one go what will take man years to accomplish. A woman can only give birth to a number of kids at a time, in a year, while some animals could give birth to as many as tens of breeds in a year.
Ladies and gentlemen, I therefore submit to you that what qualifies a person to be called a man according to God, is the ability of the individual to live by the right standard and values that heaven values. Standards like, justice, judgment, truth and equity.
Our daily endeavors and activities should be about or around these value systems. They reflect love. They reflect care. They reflect kindness. They are qualities of heaven.
“Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public” ― Cornel West
God is calling upon us today, especially those of us who have been privileged to come across this article, to arise and rebel against lawlessness in our societies. Silence and indifference would not take you anywhere at the end of the day. It is only people who show upright positions in standing for the truth that win at last.When we become quiet, at the collapsed value system in our nation, iniquity and injustice would eventually overrun that nation if action is not taken promptly.
Justice suffers when men refuse to stand firm for what is right. If we don’t fight lawlessness it prevails. If we don’t establish the truth in our nations, truth becomes foreign in the country. God says there is no man when there is nobody who stands for the truth.
I hope my modest effort in unveiling this truth, will contribute to you my dear readers, to becoming a better man in the eyes of God!