Monday, 15 January 2018

Wrong Representation.

The worst thing that can happen to any person or brand is wrong representation. Jesus Christ is the most wrongly represented personality and brand especially by preachers and his followers. Go to any motor park and you’ll see a shabby looking man, preaching Christ, selling Christian books or praying for safe journey for tips.

Did Christ preach at motor parks, oh yes, Christ preached on boats, which I believe were the major means of transportation?
Using the conversion story of Peter, after Christ finished with Peter’s boat he gave him a business advice that sorted his occupational needs. Point is Christ did not go to parks to collect, but to give himself and other very relevant kinds of stuff.

I entered a Keke this morning at Enerhen Motel opposite Enerhen Motel, going to the office and shortly after, a young man joined us at Eco bank and when we got to Orhuwhorun junction, (that place always gives me the chill, the constant agberos and motorbikes moving without concern) Shortly an elderly man, stopped to join us, he was holding a bible on his hand and a poly bag.

The man was wearing a native with the neck dangling to his shoulder exposing his singlet. Firstly he under priced the fair, secondly, he sounded as if that was the only money he had on him, enclosed inside the bible was an exposed part of two hundred naira.

“Una good morning,” he said after seating and then the next thing he went into a Buster Rhymes or Twister kind of rap. Surprised I was. I tried to listen to what he was saying.

Like Keanu Reeves in Matrix, I slowed his words and looked at him to read his lips, then I realized he was preaching Christ, No, not preaching Christ he was misrepresenting him. This is the kind of people that goes home and brag about how they win souls, or they’ve evangelize.

Then and there, I said quietly, “Oga, what you are doing is wrong, you are not preaching Christ, you are misrepresenting”

“If you are an occultist I don’t care, but I know what I am doing, I am preaching Jesus to the world” he continued with his flow.

Then I replied “ Ose, (Father in Urhobo) stop lying to yourself, you are preaching to me, this man in the middle, (I said tapping the Man in the middle) and the keke rider, (who obviously was surprised that he was preaching) not to the world, and truth is none of us is getting your message, why? Because you are not connecting with us.

Ose, refused to listen, then the Man in the middle joined in the conversation, “Oga wait first, and listen, na me siddon near you and i nor they hear wetin you dey talk, you nor dey make sense and you nor wan gree listen to anybody”

The Keke rider, joined in to say, “I nor know say na preach he dey preach sef, na so dem dey do, i don see dem tire”

We see this every day in Nigeria, especially in Warri, preachers and followers of Christ wrongly representing the man whose garment was tussled for by Roman soldiers by the way we dress, talk and act.

I believe this happens because many Christians operate from a place of ignorance, they fail to understand Christ carried himself as a very important brand and this was part of why he was able to attract and command the obedience of large followership when he walked the earth.

Brands like Apple, Microsoft, Coca-Cola etc has so built their brand that they are easily recognized and widely accepted, but this is not so for the most important personality and brand, because followers of Christ has chosen to mispresent him.

As Christians, we are the logo of Jesus Christ representing him everywhere we go, work and live.

Read that again, Yes, you read that right; you are the logo of Christ. “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1) The phrase, “the Word” in John 1:1 is the Greek word Logos. Logos is a very big concept in philosophy.

The word “logo” is derived from that same Greek word, Logos. A logo is the graphic representation of a brand or corporation. For example, Apple logo represents Apple in the marketplace. Jesus in John 14:9 said, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father” he practically said I am the brand representation of God himself, I am the Logo of God. In Hebrew 1:3, the writer expressly said, “who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person...“

Apostle John, the only disciple who died a natural death and wrote the book of John, a few epistles, and Revelation, invariably saw all sides of Jesus Christ wrote in John 17:18 and 20:21 “As the father has sent me, so I have sent you.” In the absence of the physical presence of Jesus Christ, you are the physical presence of Jesus Christ, you are the logo of Christ, represent him right.

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