Reflections on Jesus’ Safety Measures: Lessons for Nigerian Preachers on Mission Security
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Falako, F. O.
Faculty of Education, Kampala International University College, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.
Increase in cases of hired assassination, armed robbery, kidnapping, and bombings targeted at the Church, preachers and worshippers calls for a change in the thinking and approach to personal and corporate security issues. The purpose of this study is to draw insight from Jesus’ approach. Employing both historical and exegetical method, the author highlighted Jesus’ precautionary measures towards the security of his mission in an atmosphere of stiff misgivings, opposition by the religious parties and the general public and political unrest in Palestine. The measures as contained in the Gospels included prayer, tactical withdrawals, secrecy and modesty. To Jesus, security is more than being surrounded by guards and/or the use of weapons. The paper also touched on the teachings of Jesus on security consciousness as well as his firm grasp of the socio-political scenario of the era. Findings revealed that the attitude of many Nigerian preachers shows a lack of understanding and/or application of security principles and practices. The paper concluded by recommending the adaptation of Jesus’ principles and the need for other practical steps such as information gathering, employment of technology, watchfulness and use of security outfit. It is hoped that this article will help in no small way to create awareness and make the Church more security conscious in the face of hostilities and violence not only in Nigeria, but across the globe as this article is being read.
This paper focused on the physical dimension of security; drawing lessons from Jesus’ precautionary measures as contained in the Gospel records. The term “Mission Security” is coined to mean the whole gamut of measures taken to protect preachers, parishioners and church buildings/properties. One of the main objectives of the study is an examination of Jesus’ attitude to security challenges in his time. It also intends to highlight the state of insecurity in Nigeria and the need for awareness and precautionary moves. The study drew lessons for modern day evangelists to guard against their mission and members. Lastly, it examined how national and international matters effect on contemporary Christianity in Africa. This paper is significant as an addition to the volumes of works on mission in the 21st Century and the challenge of insecurity. It will be of immense benefit to academics, religious policy makers, pastors, parishioners, security agents and the general public.
“Reflections on Jesus’ Safety Measures: Lessons for Nigerian Preachers on Mission Security.” KIU Journal of Education. A Publication of the Faculty of Education, Kampala International University College, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. 12 (1) 255-270. ISSN 1821-8202.