(I dedicate this to you Mina, for telling me always am more than I am)
The world will not doubt that I wrote this except I doubt I did.
I didn’t do this, it is that irresistible inner voice within me that did.
Today am being a metaphysical poet writing like an ecclesiastical poet
Towards a subject that keep worrying the entire earth.
Lord, you have through these lines spoken at length
I have only written it as you sent
This is the yesterday church and todays in juxtaposition
May these lines breed inspiration?
Give us understanding
For understanding is that on which we can keep standing.
I don’t see this as a religious satire
Far from that, I see it as a reminder before our life on earth expire.
I have written this as a religious surgery
To cure today churches of every injury
Lord, thanks a million for the words
Tune my ears to always hear your voice.
Yesterday’s church focused on salvation
Today’s church focuses on population
Yesterday’s church showed interest in welfare
Today’s church showed interest in wealth fare
Yesterday’s church was known by its name
Today’s church is known by its fame
Yesterday’s church gave attention to evangelism
Today’s church is an agent of capitalism
Yesterday’s church, like the bee, was characterized by busyness
Today’s church is a synonym to business
Yesterday’s church focused on discernment
Today’s church operates on investment
Yesterday’s church was by the gospel’s call
Today’s church is enthused by praying for one to fall
Yesterday, the church was more spiritual
Today, the church is more ritual
Yesterday, the church was more of dedication
Today, the church recognizes those with higher donation
Yesterday’s church planted and watered seeds
Today’s church harvest seeds
Yesterday’s church was concerned with the welfare of members
Today’s church is concerned with numbers
Yesterday’s church envisioned the conversion of pagans
Today’s church give much voice to slogans
Yesterday, the church gave to the world good societal conducts
Today, the church advertise numberless business products
Yesterday, by the church human beings became brave
Today, by the church many human beings have become slaves
Yesterday, by the church, many men were set free
Today, by the church, being free attracts exorbitant fee
Yesterday’s church was noted for teaching the scriptures
Today, the church is noted for incomprehensible pictures
Yesterday’s church has pictures of Jesus almost always all around
Today’s church, pictures of leaders abound
Yesterday, political leaders and governments run to churches
Today, churches run to political leaders with begging clutches
Yesterday, by the voice of the church, leaders did rule
Today, by the voices of governments, churches have folded cool
Yesterday’s church did bear human fruit
Today’s church is by materialism suit
Yesterday’s church selected leaders by divine inspiration
Today’s church select leaders by their level of education
Yesterday, the ministry was a divine direction
Today, the ministry has become a profession
Yesterday, the church selected a marriage couple’s theme
Today, the church holds the marriage marking scheme
Yesterday, the church was only a witness for marriages
Today, by the attitude of the church many marriages have seen breakages
Yesterday, the church’s role in marriage was purely advisory
Today, the church make marrying from the same church compulsory
Yesterday’s church concentrated on completion
Whereas today’s church concentrate on competition
Yesterday’s church was based on biblical principles
Today’s church focus on humanistic and self-proclaimed titles
Yesterday, worried human beings looked to the church
And with hope like wet birds did perch
Yesterday, in calamity, people ran to the church
Sadly, today, pandemic force people out of the church
Today’s church is afraid of pandemic
Because its own frailties has become seismic
Yesterday’s church was highly ecclesiastical
Today’s church is incomprehensibly political.
Yesterday’s church erased fear from members
Today’s church instil fear in numberless numbers.
Yesterday, the church was the greatest school of learning
Today, it has become the easiest avenue of earning
Yesterday, with nothing, the anointed were by call pastoring
Today, the appointed are by self-appointment profiteering.
Yesterday, pastors were God’s servants
Today, the burden of appreciation has become permanent
Yesterday, religious leaders were available and accessible
Today, without influence, accessibility has become impossible
Yesterday, the church focused on winning lost souls
Today, by the church souls are lost to keep the one who financially sows
Yesterday, the church was noted as a paragon of worship
Today, it has become a parliament of gossips
Yesterday’s church held the keys for descent dressing
Today’s church allow minis and braless vesting.
Yesterday, religious leaders went round to see their flocks
Today, the flocks rather go but don’t get response for their knocks
Yesterday’s church, everything was classless
Today’s church is full of classes that make many less
Yesterday’s church had “Am proud to be a son/daughter of God” as the inscription
Today’s church has “Am proud to be a member of the……… church” as the description
Yesterday’s church, followed the life of God, who worked 6 days and rested on the 7th day
Sadly, today’s church train people to rest 6 days and work only a day
So yesterday church made people spiritually, intellectually and financially rich
While today’s church make people to stop work and chase to flash out an unseen witch.
In the Yesterday’s church, their syllabus has morality standing tall
Today, the church watch as by immorality many do fall.
Yesterday, beliefs gave countless people relief
Today, by many beliefs, a great many are filled with grief
Yesterday’s church gave attention to members and their spiritual and social upbringing
Today’s church ignore the members and use them to put up building.
Yesterday’s church planted in the members that the churches were sacred places
Today, people see church as ordinary so some WhatsApp and while preaching some brush their faces.
I am moved to pour out the sea of questions in me
And for answers, my hope may be.
Where is the church’s ‘yesterdayness’
that it is now characterized by mess?
Where is the church’s power of education
that it has now become a school of indoctrination?
Where is the church’s power to save?
that its major focus has now become money to save?
Where is the church’s attractiveness
that members now prefer to stay home with unhappiness?
Where is the church’s charisma
that it has become a place full of drama?
Where is the church’s devotion
that it has given in to potion?
Where is the church’s power of evangelism
that it has become more of parasitism?
Where is the church’s divine discernment
that is chasing advertisement?
Where is the church’s role
that it can now be shut in hole?
Where is the church’s library of knowledge
that it has lost all their courage?
Where is the church’s Shadradrack, Meshack and Abednago like boldness
that churches could be quarantined in sheer coldness?
Where is the God of yesterday
that the church can be cowed today?
Where is the braveness of Daniel, before Nebuchadnezer in Babylon
that the church could today look helpless, hapless and forlorn?
How has the church fallen fast from yesterday’s grace
that the unbelievers lead believers in life’s race?
Where is the church’s biblical theologies
that church is now man by philosophies?
Lord, my sorrowful heart injects sorrowful blood
As ink to this pen that flood
We look forward to your newness
Revive your church and mop our tears.
Shadrack Oteng ( Poet-Shaddy)