American vs African Christianity (1)

Good morning wonderful people!I hope you all are feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. I am feeling just wonderful! I have been itching to talk about this topic for a while now so let us delve into it!

For those of you who don’t know I am PROUDLY born and raised African. I am a daughter the soil. I am Nigerian to be exact 🙂 Now if you know ANYTHING about Nigerian way of worship, you will understand what I am about to talk about. If you don’t, sit back and enjoy you are in for a treat!

My mom grew up Anglican and my dad grew up Methodist, so we mostly went to a Methodist church. It was not uncommon for me to spend 4 hours or more in church on sunday! See, church started at 10am but ended at 1pm ( there was no real end time).  Added to an already long service,both my parent were elders in the church so they always had elder’s meeting right after service! For some reason these meeting lasted anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.

It was usual for the pastor to preach for an hour and half (my attention span at any given time is 45 minutes, so it is very safe to say I zoned out ALOT).We were encouraged to weekly give money for offering,tithes, building fund,women’s ministry. men’s ministry and children’s ministry.

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Attending church was like attending new york fashion week. The LATEST outfits come out to play! Sometimes people came to church not for the sermon but to dress up or find a “wife”. Just FYI the devil also comes to church (just saying). Some roads and jobs were closed on Sundays.

My favorite part of services were the dancing. I love dancing and there is just something about authentic african drums with yoruba language that just makes you want to dance! But then not too long after all the dancing comes the prayer! Once, I visited a church called MFM. That church prays like no other! In one service there was 150 prayer points!

In Nigeria we pray HARD. We are always praying and fasting against evil, death, poverty, witches and wizards etc. The prophets in Nigeria are viewed as “gods”. SO you can imagine my shock experiencing American christianity…..

To be continued tomorrow…

 

 

 

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