I know a guy, an acquaintance, who has a family of…well, seers. His mother and his sister. Driven by the ‘Holy Spirit’, they dream about things, things that are happening or could happen, so they can use the foreknowledge to better the present. This acquaintance of mine says it is this gift of these women in his family that has helped his father’s career over the years and sustained their family.
And he’s currently distraught. His ‘Holy Spirit’ sister – in the same vein as his mother did years ago – called him to inform him that she was warned in one of her dreams to ask him to stop homosexuality. According to her, it was the second time the premonition was coming up in her dream. Now, he isn’t out of the closet. So of course, he laughed away his sister’s fears and assured her that he is not a homosexual.
But he is still distraught, caught up in that vortex where he’s asking the question: ‘If my sexuality isn’t wrong, then why is my spiritual family getting warnings in their dreams and being told to ask me to quit being gay? Does that mean my sexuality is bad, and continuing being gay portends evil for me in future?’
This isn’t the first person I’ve encountered who was put in the position to have these fears, to ask these questions. I had a friend, who liked men and had a family. His daughter took ill at some point, very ill, the kind of ailment that had doctors puzzled. And his family pastor called him to his office and told him he’d seen in his dream that my friend was sinning the most horrific of sins (Yes, homosexuality is right up there with murder and coveting another man’s wife). And the pastor told him this sin was the reason his daughter was suffering. Quit it, the pastor said, and she’ll be well again.
Nigeria is a nation of spirituality and religion. We tend to always draw parallels between our troubles and joys with things of the spirit. And so, it is to be expected for those who ‘commune’ with the ‘Holy Spirit’ to wake up from revelations that that brother or sister is gay and sinful, and will suffer, if not already so, for it. Sometimes, as a cynical me tends to get, I wonder if these revelations are genuine, and if these ‘seers’ are not just acting on suspicions. If that isn’t so, why are we plagued by proponents of the spiritual realm?
And so, guys, I’d like us to talk about it. Let’s discuss . . . about when spirituality intervenes.