The newly constructed house for the Bread of Life Church overseer Bishop Joe Imakando has sparked controversy and brought mixed reactions among social media users. The photos of his new home that were shared on the internet by his architect thanking him for having given him a job to design his house have since gone viral.
There must be something that we can learn from this. There is a Bemba Saying that says ‘Ubomba mwibala alya mwibala’, ( The one who works in the field eats from the field). It is actually the Lord who has ordered the preacher of the Gospel to eat from it. This is from the bible in 1 Corinthians 9 verses 13 and 14 and it says”13 surely you know that the men who work in the Temple get their food from the Temple and that those who offer the sacrifices on the altar get a share of the sacrifices. 14 In the same way, the Lord has ordered that those who preach the gospel should get their living from it.” From Good News Translation
Pastor Imakando’s House is long overdue. Look at the many things he has done for the communities. Poverty has always and will always be there, not even the Government will get rid of poverty then how is a single man expected to end poverty by doing donations in a country? Let the man also eat something, he has worked very hard over years and actually worked for God.
Why are men of God especially here in Zambia expected to live in small houses? Then how can their followers be motivated if they see their pastor living poor? Even Non-believers or atheists can have a laugh at this, ‘look at the person they are following, a person who has himself failed to make it’.
This is just one of the examples of why it is important for church leaders to live well especially the leaders with a mandate to teach Good Health and Prosperity. They themselves have to live a prosperous life to prove their teaching.