To protest or not to protest

This is in response to today’s post by Watchman on protest. This response is far from exhaustive. As I was thinking about it this morning, before later finding Watchman’s post, I read Matt12:18-20 and posted 2 tweets from that portion of scripture.

It goes without saying that followers of Christ must respond to oppression. Protesting or not I believe is a matter of faith and spiritual maturity. I tend towards no protest but that means I must be busy doing something else to end oppression and evil and I need to understand why I will not protest.

The scriptures say Christ “will proclaim justice to the nations” yet “no one will hear his voice in the streets…until he has brought justice through to victory.” How come? He deals with root causes, quietly. Noise suggests weakness, not strength. A “protest” suggests powerlessness. If we were mere humans, protests would be necessary but if spirits, who are we contending against? The government or the princes of darkness? Interestingly, I asked my wife this morning, “If an intruder comes to take over my house and I have power to take him out, do you think I will be protesting?” Far from it. I will take him out quickly and quietly, thank you. I will only protest if I am helpless. The last time I checked, we were seated with Christ in heavenly places far above the powers that seem to be. Have those scriptures suddenly become false because we are dealing with societal issues?

I think the reason an Occupy movement emerged at all is because we (Christians) failed. If we were doing the works of Christ, there would be no need for Occupy but we seem to be waiting for Him to return before we take our place as people who have been given authority. We are responsible for what happens in our domains because we are the ones the scriptures say are seated with Christ in heavenly places. We are recreated spirits who have access to the same power and authority Christ has in the spirit world and if we understand that there is no economic or political problem that was not first spiritual, guess who is to blame? If there is a watchman equipped and responsible for safety and there is an invasion, who is to blame? But I believe we will wake up this time.

In “this blog post,” I said, “In the absence of saviors on Mount Zion, the oppressed must attempt to deliver themselves…” I cannot blame anyone for protesting on the streets, if that is all they know to do. I applaud them, because they are using what they know. They are confronted with an unwanted situation and they are not complacent about it. The issue for me is not whether or not we should protest, but what are we doing? You may argue that we are praying in secret but I will have to say like I tweeted this morning, that spirituality without results has to be fake. I am not sure how many people would have followed Jesus if he had no results to show. When we take our rightful place, there must be results. Our rightful place, if we are following Christ, will have to be in quietness and in love for all concerned (including Nigeria’s Boko Haram!) but backed with all power in heaven and on earth.

When you know you are capable, you do not protest, you issue warnings, commands and ultimatums, just like the late Archbishop Idahosa did in the 80s to stop a worldwide conference of witches from taking place in Nigeria. Agreed, those commands must be backed with deep spirituality and with prayer and fasting but when confronting spiritual wickedness and principalities, you had better not be praying but issuing commands from a depth of revelation of who you are.

Having said all that, I think protest is much better than doing nothing in the face of injustice and blatant evil. At least, if we prayerfully protest as opposed to do nothing, God will honor our faith and our disenchantment with evil.

Thanks again Watchman for the post.

2 thoughts on “To protest or not to protest

  1. I hope you don’t mind if I copy and paste your response on the comments section of my post. I have been eager to be convinced one way or the other about protests. Like you, I agree that protesting is not the key issue but rather, our failure to function in Kingdom authority which has led many to protest in the first place. Your response is so far the most balanced I’ve heard and received. I’ve learnt a lot from it and I’m grateful for the insight. One thing I’d like to know is this bro: knowing what you do as a growing Christian, would you go out and join the protest? That’s really what I’d like to know. Thanks chief

    • Watchman, please go ahead and do as you deem fit with the post. And I must also say I hope you do not mind my creating a post in response to your post. It is just an issue I have been thinking about and an issue I think we need understanding on. Writing helps my understanding.

      I would not willingly join the protests as they are, because they do not address the real problem from our standpoint as spirits. I should not be praying for government officials and be cursing or verbally attacking them. If I do that, I use my God-given authority to license the invisible spiritual forces that are determined to steal, kill and destroy. But if there is oppression and I am not attacking the human faces of it, I must be engaging the spiritual forces behind it. I must be doing something and it is in that sense that I say joining a protest is better than doing nothing because it means we are indirectly supporting unrighteousness and injustice. We are to join with Christ in bringing justice through to victory, quietly, without our voices necessarily being heard in the streets. But if our voices are not heard in the streets, they had better be heard in the spirit. However, it does not guarantee there will be no human casualties if human beings stubbornly align themselves with evil.

      Having said that, protests can be peaceful but a protest that verbally attacks human beings is not exactly peaceful. There can be Spirit-led marches involving believers, where you symbolically walk through the streets, praying and making declarations that are heard in the spirit. If the body of Christ in Nigeria had been doing this, we would have rooted out corruption, we would have arrested violence and Nigeria would be a prosperous nation. However, it is not too late to repent. I have participated in this kind of march in the past and would do it again. When I was a student at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife in Nigeria, a group of believers quietly marched through the streets of the University staff quarters at midnight (it was exciting) praying and making declarations. If you know about Ife, you would understand why that would be necessary.

      I would not participate in a protest but I would participate in a Spirit-led march that serves quit notice to the dethroned spiritual powers that seem to be or helps us fulfill our roles as spiritual guards and watchmen.

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