Pastor Leke Adeboye, the youngest son of Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye has been under heavy backlash for posting a video of him gifting a woman selling roasted corn, the sum of N10,000 for praying on charcoal before starting her business for the day.
Pastor Enoch Adeboye and his son pictured on the left.
Pastor Leke’s biological father, Pastor Enoch Adeboye is the General Overseer (G.O) of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) which has branches across the world.
Photo of Leke Adeboye gifting a corn seller the alleged sum.
While many individuals have cited as the Bible verse, “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward” (Matthew 6:2 ESV), as the background of their criticism of the video, this writer stands in Pastor Leke’s defence with some points discussed in this article.
Encouragement for all
One has to understand that one of the reasons why some individuals make videos of their charity activities is to encourage others in emulating them.
Pastor Leke’s video to my understanding wasn’t to demean or look down on the said woman but to encourage the act of giving in our society during these hard times.
Photo of the woman smiling after receiving the gift.
Encouragement for Christians
One of the things which seem to have moved the charity by pastor Leke was that he net the woman praying, committing her efforts anf business for the day in God’s hands.
This seems worthy of emulation to all Christians and was therefore worth sharing.
Criticism Against pastors
In the era where Pastors are accused of not giving back to society, it only makes sense to see videos of acts of kindness and giving by those accused of not doing so.
Leke Adeboye gave the Woman publicity.
Leke Adeboye did not only gift the corn seller money, the video and photos of it has gone viral which means free publicity for her and her business.
Anyone can easily identify her and do more or less for her and her business. Many of us witnessed what publicity did in turning around the life of Jumoke the bread seller and the woman with blue eyes in Ilorin for good.
The video shared by Pastor Leke in my opinion didn’t show him doing anything bad. He showed kindness to a woman who may have really needed the said amount of money.
Would it hasve been better if pastor Leke caught doing something bad or corrupt in a video? NO.
What do you think of these points?
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