Pastor Michael Adefarasin, the Senior Pastor, Kingdom Lifeline Ministry (KLAM), has blamed the present insecurities and social challenges battling the country on loss of family values.
Adefarasin made this declaration on Saturday in Abuja, at a three-day program tagged: “Fight for your family”. The program was organized by Lifeline Family Institute to remind all and sundry the importance of family and Church in developing a society.
According to the senior pastor, societal values were swiftly diminishing in the country. This calls for urgent action so as to right the wrong and save the country in general from absolute collapse.
“We have lost our value system in the Church, and much of the Church has become very superficial, as we have not made the necessary impact on our society and nation.
“We are into the Church, but qualitatively, our communities are not really changing as life is getting worse economically and politically with all the prayers, so there is something wrong,’’ the senior pastor said.
He also added that the main purpose for which God raised the church, which was to affect the society positively, was being lost and the value system were deteriorating.
“We are talking about the value system and how do we go into the cultures of our societies and change the values to effect a kingdom.
“So the Church’s responsibility is to advocate a value system for the family because it is the most basic subset of any society; and societies comprise of families.
“If we can change the value system of one family at a time, we can change the whole society to effect the right values,” Adefarasin said.
According to him, education is supposed to reinforce those family and societal values, while government and law define the parameters within which those values are practiced; and that sports and entertainment should be used to celebrate the values.
“History has proven that arts and music are the fastest way to change a culture, while business and finance are meant to fund the value systems.
“Science and technology provide the vehicle within which we can cause those value systems to progress; it is all about the value and belief system.
“And these value systems are the principles, tenets, laws and scriptures, advocated by God Almighty so that we can conform to his character, to his nature and to his principles to live a lifestyle like Jesus Christ.
“That is what we need to do because our nation cannot change unless we are transformational, which means we are shifting our value systems from circular ideology to kingdom principles so that there can be reformation,’’ Adefarasin said.
Behavioral change crusader and guest speaker at the program, Dr. Lanre Olusola, urges parents ensure inculcation of good morals into their children to guarantee a better society.
“I have statistics that seven in 10 marriages in Nigeria end up in one form of separation or the other; and in Nigeria we are very religious, so we do not like divorce.
“So we stay in that dysfunctional home and create dysfunctional children.
“These dysfunctional children go into the society and create problems, so the Nigeria we see today is as a result of failed families and failed marriages.
“And because 70 per cent of Nigerians are under the age of 32, and so we call them millennial.
“They are the ones we call Malians also, and some of them are misbehaving and doing things that are abnormal, which earlier generations did not do.
“So it is time for us to pause and ask ourselves where we went wrong and restore; and where we need restoration is the family and marriage,” Olusola said.
He explained that nation building had a lot to do with the family and not squarely rested on government.
Olusola urged Nigerians not to put the whole blame on government, but instead to take responsibility for the security and social challenges currently being experienced in the country.
“Every family needs to sit down and reconstruct, reconvene, recreate and re-launch a value system that would transform the country and set it on the path of development”, he said.