November 1, 2017
When I first started attending church in Ghana back in 2012, I used to buy the CD for every message preached on Sundays. Before then I already had a large collection of CDs which I carried from Lagos. I remember William Ilenikhena asked me once back at Covenant Christian Centre why I bought the message every Sunday. You know those why questions we often fail to ask ourselves, don’t you? While I did not give a ready answer to that question then, I had imagined that it was necessary to have a record of every message preached in Church even though I got the point of his question: It was more important to have the message inside one, the parts relevant to one.
Recently I began to question the usefulness of every message I have ever heard from the likes of Dr. Mensah Otabil and Pastor Poju Oyemade who have been my Main Senior Pastors For the past ten years or so. I am not questioning their usefulness because the messages themselves are querstionable. They certainly are all extremely powerful contributions of these great minds/spirits. But I am asking myself what I have actually done with those useful messages. I asked myself the same question about every professor in whose class I sat back in school, about the over a hundred and fifty books in my current library and many others in my past read and unread.
Every now and then in the office or other fora we find grown men arguing about what is accurate knowledge in certain fields and what is not. At the end of the day one person or the other concludes that they are right. But then what does it mean to be right? What is the value of being right? What is the value of knowledge? Is the physical, emotional and mental exertion we exercise in these discussions meaningful? Taking it a little wider, does the number of professors in a nation has translate to development? Who is responsible for the major breakthroughs of the world? Those who could talk well about what they knew?
The direction of this piece is we need to ask ourselves what the value of knowledge is. How does my education translate to a better life for me and my family? For my nation? Is any additional schooling necessary? What knowledge do I really need for self-actualization in life. These questions become more relevant as we live in a society which is obsessed with paper qualifications and academic achievements. I dare say in our individual lives we need to ask again what we are doing with all this knowledge and all this schooling. Keeping them in our shelves, in our debate platforms or even in our heads just does not seem to be good enough. Whether spiritually or socially, what we know has to have a way of measurably adding to the quality of our lives and those of others around us.