Now this is just a question, it does not neccessarily reflect my views. In Nigeria, we have the lowest people to church ratio in the world. Even the Vatican City cannot boast of such a feat. It appears on every street corner there is a church. I live in the southern part of the country and majority of the people there are christians so I'll focus on The Christian Church in Nigeria.
There seems to be three types of people who go to church in Nigeria. There are the poor people who go there because they believe if the pastor prays for them they will get out of their current condition without ever having a plan to succeed or working towards a goal and then the rich use Sundays as an opportunity to show off their expensive lace and their new jeeps and then of course there are those who genuinely believe that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.
A lot of the pastors are in it for the money, for them it is a very lucrative business. For example, my good friend attended the funeral of the Late Mrs Bimbo Odukoya (who I believe was one of the true believers) and many well known pastors from all over the country flocked into the place with limousines, luxury vehicles and even a private jet, while the vast majority their congregation suffered in poverty.
Another example I have is from my aunty's former church in Virginia, USA. It is a very famous ministry with branches all over the world. Anyway, the pastor had been collecting donations from the congregation for at least five years claiming that it was going towards building a proper location for the church rather than them having to rent a kindergatten classroom on Sundays. Eventually one of the members of the congregation went to Nigeria for a holiday only to find that the pastor had been using the money to build a mansion for himself in VGC.
The point I'm trying to make is this: Do you feel we in Nigeria have developed a culture of giving what little we have to the so called Men of God to solve our problems with their special prayers? Is it time more of us start applying the principle of heaven helps those who help themselves?