Whilst there is more emphasis on an individual’s personal relationship with God in Christianity, it is imperative to note that there is also the CORPORATE RELATIONSHIP of us as the BODY OF CHRIST. An individual is made accountable for his/her sins, flaws and failures but there is silence about holding Churches, Denominations and Ministries accountable for their sins, flaws and failures. This should also be true of Governments, Political parties, big companies and small businesses. They must be held accountable for their sins, flaws and failures. SYSTEMIC OR CORPORATE sins, flaws and failures have caused more damage to communities than individual sins, flaws and failures. History and current affairs testify to SYSTEMIC SINS which manifest in slavery, colonialism, neo-colonialism, racial segregation, discrimination, tribalism, regionalism, poverty, unemployment, patriarchalism, gender inequalities etc. In Pentecostal circles individuals undergo exorcisms of demons of all sorts to deliver them from such evil realities. But high ranking demons known as principalities and powers which cause systemic evil are left to torture communities in broad daylight.
The Church should continually review itself to see if its still fit for purpose. The Church should not only be a prophetic voice of justice to society but it should be seen to practise justice in its system. The major reason why systemic evil persists in society is because some people are benefitting from such flawed systems hence we have two classes of people namely the PRIVILEGED AND THE DISENFRANCHISED. Without delving into the debate of true and false prophets in Israel, those who spoke what the kings wanted had a privileged position in the state whilst those who demanded accountability from kings were demonised. Systemic evil is all over hence the prevalence of injustice, innocent suffering, poverty, wars, dictatorships and corruption in high places the world over.
Where are God’s prophets today? They are busy addressing individual sins, flaws and failures rather than challenging systemic evils which are causing corporate suffering of the masses. They are busy preaching against individual sins to the delight of the devil. Indeed satan is not too dull in the way he engages his resources. He has left us dealing with individual evil while he concentrates on masterminding and perpetuating systemic evil hence the engagement of principalities and powers in the control of states and governments. For example he created the APARTHEID SYSTEM which continues to raise its ugly head in the so-called post-Apartheid era in South Africa. It is one of the die hard systemic evils. The memory of the Rwandan Genocide is there to stay as a reminder of SYSTEMIC EVIL. Needless to mention that Africa has independent states yet systemic evil is still persisting under the guise of independence hence we have a new form of colonialism among us. I call it SOPHISTICATED COLONIALISM because its being practised by a new crop of the BLACK ELITE against the poor masses who are being short-changed left, right and centre. This is being done under the watchful eyes of God’s prophets some of which are wining and dining with those in control of the system. It would be a shame if there is any Christian community among us which is deliberately erecting diabolical structures which perpetuate misery, corruption and wrongdoing. Let us learn lessons from Reformation era where Martin Luther challenged systemic evil in the Church. Furthermore if the Church is silent when its parishioners suffer the consequences of systemic evil, then it will be guilty of ignoring or neglecting WEIGHTIER MATTERS. The Church cannot be silent, neither should it accept to be silenced.
Its time for the prophets of God to name, shame and confront SYSTEMIC EVIL wherever it is. When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do? (Psalm 11:3). When the systems of evil are destroying the livelihoods and fabric of society, what can the prophets do? DON’T JUST SIT THERE, DO SOMETHING. NAME IT, SHAME IT AND CONFRONT IT. If you cannot publicly deal with this systemic evil, you can still NAME IT, SHAME IT AND CONFRONT IT in prayer. Remember that our fight is not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers of this dark world. We are fighting spiritual forces of evil in the air which manifest in SYSTEMIC EVIL (Ephesians 6:12). We should concentrate on dealing with both individual sins and systemic sins. Remember that righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a disgrace to any people (Proverbs 14:34). May the good Lord give you anointing to NAME IT, SHAME IT & CONFRONT IT.
DEALING WITH SYSTEMIC EVIL: NAME IT, SHAME IT & CONFRONT IT