Christianity and seed sowing
The biblical understanding and usage of seed sowing has been rebranded and relaunched by many Christian leaders to further complicate the already confused understanding of Christianity among many African Christians. It is even more hurting realizing that many unsuspecting Christians trapped in this spiritual robbery sincerely burn with zeal to serve God and look up to him alone for help.
It is unfortunately true that this erroneous idea of the principles of generosity has found its way into many Catholic parishes. Don’t get me wrong, I certainly have no intention of getting things twisted here, I am firmly convinced that givers don’t lack but, the manipulation of this truth is evil.
I am not ignorant of the scripture that says whoever sows sparingly will reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will reap bountifully (2 Corinthians 9:6) neither am I so daft to understand the teaching; give, and it will be given to you (Luke 6:38). These are undeniable truths; however, one must differentiate between a cheerful giver and a selfish giver.
There’s absolutely nothing evil about religious leaders calling on their flocks to generously give for the advancement of the Church and the spread of the gospel of Christ, it is our responsibility to contribute to the growth of the Church. But this call for cheerful giving becomes unchristian when it is pushed beyond the biblical understanding of generosity to become manipulative. God blesses in accordance with his riches in glory (Philippians 4:19), not in accordance with what we give. Though Jesus adjudged the widow who gave her last copper coins as offering to be the most generous, nowhere is it recorded that her few copper coins were doubled as we are manipulated to believe about seed sowing today, nor did she “sow the seed” for some selfish desires. The deceptive techniques attached to the teaching of generosity or seed sowing as it has come to be known in our time is satanic, God’s blessing cannot be bought or manipulated.
Many unsuspecting Christians have fallen victim of endless seed sowing for a prayer point, their ignorance about the scriptures have been selfishly manipulated to the point of doubting the potency of God. God loves you more than you can ever imagine, he needs no seed from you to grant your desire if they align with his will. He who created the world out of nothing can provide your needs out of nothing. God surely rewards generosity, but the nature of the reward is entirely his initiative. Sowing seeds in orphanage homes to attract fruit of the womb is selfish and worthless, it however becomes an amazing offering in the sight of God if it involves no quid pro quo or no strings attached.
The disgusting nature of “sow seed” may be very subjective, but I’m truly not at home with it. It is my opinion that Churches should emphasize sincere generosity and healthy relationship with God in place of the selfish and manipulative emphasis on sowing seeds that may never sprout. If you must sow seed, the prophet Hosea says; Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you (10:12).
When we learn to sow the seeds of faith and love even in tears, surely we would come back rejoicing carrying our sheaves (Psalm 126:6).