By Sola Omoniyi, Lagos
Some Nigerians have criticized Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), for praying for Israel during the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
The cleric had shared a video clip on his X handle on Wednesday, with the caption: “It is my prayer for all our brethren in Israel that the Almighty will grant you absolute peace from now on in Jesus name. #Israel #peace.
“Hello my beloved brothers in Israel, I want you to know that we are praying for you, that all members of the Redeemed Christian Church of God all over the world are standing by you at this very critical moment.
“The Almighty God, the only one of Israel will give you absolute victory and give you permanent peace from now on in the mighty name of Jesus. It’s going to be well with you, we pray that this one will be the war that will end all wars in Israel, that from now on it will be peace, it will be progress and no one ever again will disturb Israel,” he added.
Reacting, to the comment by the clergyman, Mutairu Osebi said, “No Man Is God Ooooh… In The End, The Will Of God Shall Be Done. WHAT ARE THE ISRAELITES DOING IN THE LAND OF PALESTINE???
Until Palestine Get Justice There Shall Never be Peace….. The World Must Learn To Adopt Equal Rights And Justice…”
Reno Omokri wrote: ”But, sir @PastorEAAdeboye, what about our brothers and sisters in Palestine? A greater percentage of Palestinians are Christians than the Israeli population. Half a million of them, to be precise.
“Doesn’t the Bible, in Galatians 6:10, ask us to first show love to members of the household of faith before others? Perhaps they may feel abandoned that your message did not even mention them.
“If I were a Palestinian and saw your message, I would sink into further despair. Acts 10:34 says God does not show partiality. “But sir, are we not being partial when we pray for Israel and ignore Palestine? Perhaps it is an oversight. Sir, I have been to Palestine. I will not wish their condition on my enemy. They are God’s children, too.
“Don’t they deserve our love and prayers and every possible non-military support we can rouse to alleviate their tremendous human suffering?”