Is Christianity Turkey’s Opportunity for Development?

President of Turkey

By Nneka Okumazie

Turkey wants to dominate. The country is wary of internal and external enemies. The country is linked with so many complex situations, and had, in recent years, faced economic squeeze.

The government seems overwhelmed. There seems to be few answers from the knowledge sector of the society.

Turkey needs great ideas to succeed and thrive. And those ideas are likely to come from within, in a structure that is different from what is currently obtainable.

The nation is looking to self-sustain. They’re also looking to be – thoroughly – less reliant.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the government of Turkey already understood that when crisis hits, everyone faces their own and abandons others.

Beyond coronavirus, the country needs a massive supercharging of projects, products and progress.

The country needs to be firing powerful ideas on how to grow and expand, from every angle, and in every sector.

There needs to be moves from realistic proposals that would be so valuable, other countries will adopt it, returning earnings for Turkey.

But, the secret to this renaissance for Turkey may be in its allowance of new churches and freedom for Christianity.

Yes, there are churches in other nations that are not prosperous. There is also a possibility to drive prosperity without necessarily allowing freedom of Christianity.

However, what it would take to allow actual freedom for Christianity in Turkey would exceed any economic, military or scientific solution the country needs to thrive.

Allowing new churches would mean ingenuous protection strategy, now and in future.

The policy would become a way to structure what they cannot imagine in the country. It will be a springboard to develop something advanced – for exponential trade, investment, innovation parks, etc.

It would also mean a test for rule of the law – especially for the weak and minority. It will test internal security – to prevent haters from attacking them [to generally understand dissention and volatility.]

It will test loyalty to state – providing freedom for people of another faith, while measuring the love for the nation.

It will test tolerance of the people, and show accommodation, especially if a revolutionary innovation comes from within.

When churches are more available, with special gathering possibility, or days, or times, it will be a way to let people have freedom that will also be the flashpoint to open their minds to more knowledge, novel cognitive capability and inspiration.

Yes, there are already churches in Turkey, and there are other religions too, why Christianity, or this special allowance?

Cultivating really true Christians is a priceless addition to any people or group.

True Christians, looking unto Jesus, working on economic solutions, science and technology in Turkey, would be extraordinarily potent, this decade – and beyond, as it is pulled between different regions and situations.

Genuine Christians that truly love their God, that truly love their neighbour, that are scared of sin not because of hypocrisy but because of the cross and those who see their genuine work, or service, as worship to their God – will be part of the answers to Turkey’s problems.

Around the world, there are already those turning away from faith, involved in all kinds of strange acts they interpret as freedom.

So, just bare freedom is not what Turkey needs, but tailored to allow the growth of true Christianity.

There are different strategies to approach this, could start from academic institutions, or major cities, or local areas, but it will be useful to drive Christianity as a channel to fight all the problems coming against Turkey – with no answers.

Lots of things are possible without true Christianity people, but the nation can be blessed because of them.

Some people assume they know God’s ways, but the Lord God is supreme sovereign.

His deliverance can confound all.

[Daniel 1:17, As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.]

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