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Dear Lord, I know you say your ways are not our ways but sometimes I can’t help but feel that you deliberately make it impossible for us to understand your ways. After all these years, don’t you think it’s about time you demystified some of the things you do? For example, I find it very difficult to understand why in the modern era some people can wake up one morning, still drooling, to proclaim that you have “called” them. They hardly have anything to show for this “call” – no itemized bills and no text messages, no certificates, no receipts.…

When I saw that BBC story a few weeks ago which showed the wealth of five of Nigeria’s top pastors, like many, I was not surprised, not in the least. I have always thought so. The words of Karl Max come to mind easily when I think of religion, people and wealth. “Religion is the opium of the people”, was what he said. The value of these pastors is calculated in the same way as that of footballers such as David Beckham, Samuel Eto’o, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, John Terry and Steven Gerrard. They speak of their wealth in the…