With the death of Kobe Bryant and the many hearts that have been broken over it; one can tell that he had a real effect on people. I must say, for the most part, he had a good impact on the NBA, but it is very hard for me to promote him because of the things that he has admitted to in his life, let alone the things he was accused of. That aside, it is sad. It is sad to see a life taken early; it is sad that others on the helicopter perished and especially the death of any children.
But it is far sadder that Believers are so enamored by the death of a man such as Kobe Bryant, and never notice the death of a man like Rev. Lawan Andimi, a Church of the Brethren pastor in Nigeria who was martyred for Christ via beheading. Boko Haram, a Nigerian Islamic militant group, committed this heinous crime on January 22nd. Though there have been a few articles printed in NY Times and other news outlets, they are few and far between compared to news concerning Kobe Bryant’s death or even the Grammy Awards.
I do not know Lawan Andimi, nor his accomplishments in Nigeria, but I know that he died in Jesus’ name and that Christians are being persecuted, beaten, and martyred in greater numbers in Nigeria this last year. Someone needs to care, pray, and get the word out about this. Men like Lawan need to be remembered, mourned, and be held up as an example. I’m not saying it is wrong to remember someone like Kobe Bryant for what he has accomplished in his field or to be saddened by , but woe unto the Believers when we do not even know, let along care about a man who gave his life for the cause of Christ like Rev. Lawan Andimi.
1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; 13 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves.
May you and I as Believers seek to be “Salt & Light” in this world that we live. May we be seeking to uplift and recognize those who live and serve to see people saved from their sins by the grace of God through faith and repentance through Jesus Christ. These are the true heroes. We cannot expect the world or the carnal believer to do this or even understand it, but certainly we should.