CHRIST’S LOVE BRINGS PERFECT HARMONY


By Akin Ojumu

Thirty years ago, give or take. 

That was when this iconic photograph was taken at a photo studio in Benin City, Nigeria.

When I look at the photo now, I cannot begin to exhaust the profundity of feelings coursing through the veins of my mind right now. This picture plumbs the depth of so many sentiments, and it stirs up a deep well of emotions within me.

Dupe, Ziggy, Emmanuel, Tochi, Amaka, Chinyere, and Rosemary.

For me, the picture represents the best of affection and brotherhood. Seeing these lovely faces again, what strikes me the most is the purity of purpose, genuineness of motivations, and sincerity of intentions. Those were the days of child-like innocence. 

Yes, we were young and naïve. But we were uncorrupted by societal prejudices and untainted by chivalrous rivalry. We existed in a bubble impenetrable by the corrosiveness of hate and the divisiveness of bigotry.

Apart from two people, none of us in this photo are biologically related. We come from different tribes. In terms of upbringing, there aren’t many similarities that any of us shared. Some were raised in affluence, while others grew up with humble beginnings. 

Our paths only crossed in Medical School where we belonged to various Christian Students groups. We met as members of the Christian Union, Deeper Life, and Nigeria Dental & Medical Christian Students Fellowships.

Yet, I consider these folks my very own people. They are my best friends and some of the finest people with whom I have crossed paths in my life’s sojourn.

What unites us is the Christian faith that we all share. We are simply clothed with the love of Christ which binds us all together in perfect harmony.

This photo is what the Blood of Christ does. It binds, heals, unites, and above all, saves.

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